May soon see the light of day. Since Trent Robinson's time in Perpignan the Dragons have been looking how this project can be progressed. The Federation did have a first stab at it I think in 2010 when they put out a French U20s side and played around 4/5 games against the likes of Wigan and Wire.
In February they hosted both Leeds & Wigan U19s in a triangular tournament too. The club owner Guasch came back from Manchester raving about Wigan's performance with so many youngsters in their win against Leeds. They are looking at a programme developing youngsters from 16-22 yrs over the next five years and say they are in the process of making an appointment of a specialist to take the project forward.
Of course down here we have the Federation set-ups at Toulouse, Carcassonne & Salon which have been in operation for 20 years or more and a Dragons Academy would have to accommodate this. They have to though I think move to a stage further. These existing schemes have produced lads to move into Elite level football here but professional status needs something more. Recent results indicate against English sides there are lads of the required level over here. But one off Tests are not enough; a Catalan Academy side playing across the Channel more regularly has to be the goal. In the local paper the news was that discussions appear to be underway with the RFL to examine these possibilities.
Edited by audois, 31 May 2014 - 11:21 AM.