Toulouse had two seasons in the CC and any return looks like they have to prove their ability to develop French professionals. I'd guess they will have to prove support too. That used to be 2,500 under licensing and Toulouse had two crowds of 2,200 and 2,300 near that. Also a few crowds in the hundreds.
Didn't Toulouse play three seasons 2009-2010-2011. In 2008 Salford & Crusaders promoted from CC to SL to make 14 team comp. Barrow and Doncaster promoted from CC1 and along with Toulouse made for an 11 team comp in 2009.
Toulouse finished 8th in their first year with eight wins - 12 losses 27 points. In 2010 they dropped to 10th but still finished with more points than their first campaign with 9 wins and 30 points.
Some here feel the management at the time naive; £300,000 salary cap was never going to enable them to attract the players they needed to do the job. The French players who left the Dragons in 2008/09 didn't land up in Toulouse but earning better money more easily in the French comp.
The Bentley brothers who featured at Wire last weekend only only landed at Stade des Minimes in recent years after playing SL in Perpignan . If Toulouse's initial stay had coincided with Trent Robinson's tenure at the Dragons the DR could well have operated a lot better too to mutual benefit.
One presumes that Toulouse re-entering in 2016 will be with a FT squad. The Aude Cathars project a work in progres to target 2020 at the earlist.