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audois

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In Topic: French Update

15 April 2015 - 12:56 PM

Hear that the Toulouse Olympique President Sarrazain is in London this coming weekend to meet up with the RFL hierarchy. Surely all this talk and comings & goings will lead to some think concrete soon. Fingers crossed.

 

Good to see both Carcassonne & Avignon got their support out for the Juniors Final last Saturday.

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In Topic: French Update

13 April 2015 - 11:50 AM

Audois, was the Lord Derby Cup final on local free-to-air TV ?

 

If so, what has been the general reaction ?

 

game seemed a cracker - shame the crowd was so poor.

 

Does anyone have any links to live action highlights? Cheers !

 

Jim - it was on public free to air television but only in parts of the South of France. Crowd yes a bit down on other Finals but its been like that for some time. Watched Villenueve-UTC at Beziers more than a decade back and it was no more than in Carcassonne Saturday.

 

The game in a way really reflected the status of play here at the moment. A state of flux. The top of the game still coming to terms with the Dragons in SL and the continuing uncertainty around Toulouse and their future.

 

The positive for me is the development of young French players in the last few years and fully reflected in this Final. Lezignan had four former Dragons players in their line up plus their coach as well as three overseas lads. St Esteve the Dragons reserve side a lot younger and all French had the three outstanding individuals but not the experience & stamina. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Stacy Jones, Jason Croker, Greg Bird, Steve Menzies and Todd Carney et al just raises the bar.

 

Last few weeks the Catalans new U19 Academy side has lost to Leeds 35-28 and Wigan 38-6. Its just starting for them and will take time.

 

Behind that the local comp is trying to readjust - 3 out of the eight sides ran with no overseas players this year Avignon, Palau as well St Esteve and others way down on the numbers they had a decade back. If this continues teams who played previously at the top level could well fancy their chances there again. There's talk already that Albi and Lyon may return to the top division in 2016.


In Topic: New Book on South Africans in RL

12 April 2015 - 01:36 PM

Looking at the introduction (by David Barends), it also mentions Zimbabwean and Namibian players. Can't think of a Zimbabwean, but I'm pretty sure Andre Stoop was from Namibia.

 

People who played RL in South Africa are apparently included, so it's not just players who went to the UK or Australia.

 

No index/TOC available, so I'll just have to see who's included.

 

The winger John Gaydon who played at St Helens & Widnes in late 1960's was I think from Rhodesia (later Zimbabwea) and toured Australia with S African team.


In Topic: French Update

12 April 2015 - 12:24 PM

They're looking to increase capacity I understand to 10,000. Seating at the end opposite the club house envisaged. I'm sure a second new stand touch side is planned but not sure which one. The main older stand seems to have limited space behind to develop while the newer structure opposite has more options.

 

Elsewhere super Lord Derby Cup match at Domec in Carcassonne yesterday. Dragons reserves - St Esteve caught on the bell by a resurgent Lezignan 27-25. The young Catalans led by 14 points until last quarter with Miloudi, Robin and Springer prominent. The latter scored a great individual try running from over halfway showing great pace and power for a prop. Thought he should have passed but backed himself to get past the full back which he did with some style. Springer had one SL run out with the Dragons last term and is in the 2015 squad.

 

The Juniors Final was equally exciting with the local ASC losing in the last few minutes to competition leaders Avignon 32-30. Crowd just over 4,000 served up great fare. Lets have more of it.


In Topic: French Update

10 April 2015 - 07:40 PM

No news yet on the Toulouse Olympique project. The stadium upgrade appears to be ready to start in September. This week at a local city exhibition the club have put themselves on show; held a Ovalie Table function with 300 partners/sponsors in attendance. They give the impression of being well organised & professional.

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