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Confirmed: Girondins Bordeaux Rugby League to enter the Elite French League


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#1 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:36 PM

Any francophiles on here have any additional info? My understanding is that they will enter the comp next season. 

 

http://www.rugbyforu...php?f=8&t=55229

 

Is there any news on the Tarn merger and when Lyon will be reentering?



#2 walter sobchak

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:35 PM

Great news, Bordeaux, Lyon, marseille and Montpelier need to be targeted, as they are big cities near the French heartlands with large north African and African communities who make great rugby players.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:54 PM


Great news, Bordeaux, Lyon, marseille and Montpelier need to be targeted, as they are big cities near the French heartlands with large north African and African communities who make great rugby players.


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#4 Cliff Spracklen

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:50 PM

Any francophiles on here have any additional info? My understanding is that they will enter the comp next season. 

 

http://www.rugbyforu...php?f=8&t=55229

 

Is there any news on the Tarn merger and when Lyon will be reentering?

Whilst a senior club in Bordeaux is again on the way back, under the name of the omnisports club, Les Girondins de Bordeaux, of which the football section is the most well known, it is unlikely to go straight into the Elite One competition next season. There have been some bold ventures under this name in recent years which ended up financial disasters. Indeed  I recall a couple of our Bramley players playing for Les Girondins de Bordeaux a few years back when they moved up from DN1 to Elite 2 in a blaze of publicity. The players were effectively on Elite 1 terms in Elite 2 so it was only going to have one ending. This time the lessons have been well and truly learned and any relaunch will be much more cautious, controlled and hopefully longer lasting. The Bordeaux public bodies have always supported RL  clubs which is a positive but there is some way to go before we will see an Elite 1 presence. Below senior level there have been a lot of good things going off treiziste and junior wise. The committee is enthusiastic and other clubs like L Reole have flown the flag. The French RL Federation is holding its forthcoming annual national congress in the Merignac commune near Bordeaux. The commune is home to Les Girondins so it is a sign of Federation support for the efforts of activists on the ground there.

New FFR13 President Carlos Zalduendo has been getting around quite a lot away from the heartlands of Languedoc to support developments. In particular he was recently at the congress of the Rhone-Alpes Committee congratulating them on their development work which has seen several new senior clubs created in recent years, as well as excellent junior initiatives. Lyon-Villeurbanne Rhone X111 have made no secret of their ambition to return to Elite 1, but have said that that is more likely for the 2014-15 season. Zalduendo has also been pushing t,he union in the Tarn to create  Union Treiziste Tarnaise, covering the 3 senior clubs in the area. This is vital as it looks as if Lescure will be dropping down from Elite 1 to 2 for next season. Villeneuve have also posted warning signs over their finances so the make up of Elite One for next year looks very uncertain at present. This is par for the course as we have seen Lyon, St. Gaudens, Carpentras, Albi, Villefranche and Montpellier all drop out of the Elite. Montpellier are not in a financial state to get back to Elite One at the moment either. Lyon and Carpentras have cut their cloth since their dropping down, running a steadier ship, and concentrating on their junior development, and both are now in healthier situations than when they dropped down. The Elite 2 finalists this year though are Palau and Baho, both from near Perpignan. Neither have Elite 1 ambitions even though their first teams are strong with several former Elite 1 players in their ranks.

So the priority for 2013-14 is for Villeneuve to pull through the current financial problem, and for the participant clubs in the Tarn(notably Lescure and Albi) to have their heads cracked together, which I believe is a priority for Carlos. Unless that happens we could see a reduced number of clubs in Elite One for next season, just as he has had forceful words with one individual at St. Gaudens, seeing him as an obstacle to the club's rehabilitation back at the top of the game. Quite a personality our Carlos. But these things habitually go down to the wire in France and this year is no different. But whatever the numbers in Elite One next year, look for a a much healthier picture for 2014-15. I have ignored anything to do with the hopes for a pro televised league that was mooted some months ago with new clubs in virgin areas, funded by BEIN Sports, which has disappeared from public discussion.  


Edited by Cliff Spracklen, 17 May 2013 - 02:52 PM.


#5 Larry the Leit

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:07 PM

Cliff and others,  what do you envisage the standard to be like to be in Elite 1/2?  Could you compare it with a UK based competition please?






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