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#3126656 Jouffret and Sigismeau to Whitehaven

Posted by audois on 21 May 2015 - 08:02 PM

This development is great news I reckon - the younger Jullien scrum half and prop Goudemand very much in view against England Academy last weekend. Heard good stuff about young Avignon hooker Veve too. This trickle is turning into a flood now. Hitting new territory as the French foot print expands. Allez le treize!


Tomorrow night at St Esteve France A  v Serbia with an all French Elite line up. Moving towards now may be 25 professionals. Exciting.

#3124563 Newcastle sign Seb Martins

Posted by audois on 18 May 2015 - 09:52 AM

Seb Martins




Toulouse Olympique




North Wales Crusaders

Hull KR




Queanbeyan NSW

Central Coast Queensland Cup



A real Treiziste!

#3124547 France Academy U18s 35-34 England Academy U18s

Posted by audois on 18 May 2015 - 09:34 AM

I remember some years back Toulouse arriving in Carcassonne with only 9 Juniors to play an U21s fixture. This year I understand that they are running with two sides at this age group - in fact yesterday their 'B' team won their competition.


France U18s Group was:


ALBERT LucasDragons Catalans U19

BELMAS Lambert – Dragons Catalans U19

CASTANY Bruno – Dragons Catalans U19

DA COSTA Alrix – Dragons Catalans U19

DENIS Christopher – Albi RL

DEZARIA Jordan – Dragons Catalans U19

FERRET Etienne – FC Lézignan

GOUDEMAND Mickaël – SO Avignon

IZARD Paul – Dragons Catalans U19

JULLIEN Fabien – SO Avignon


MARIA Franck – Dragons Catalans U19


NIETCHE-CORONES Sébastien – Dragons Catalans U19

POMIE Nicolas – Lescure

QUEMENER Quentin – Dragons Catalans U19

ROMANO Arthur – Dragons Catalans U19

SEGUIER Paul – Dragons Catalans U19


#3123752 France Academy U18s 35-34 England Academy U18s

Posted by audois on 17 May 2015 - 10:31 AM

The revelation yesterday was the stand off Albert with what 1 try, 5 goals and a drop goal. Carcassonne boy now based in Perpignan and playing for the Dragons U19s and yet played in the internationals across the Channel for France U16s against English Schoolboys last month. Was I think MOTM in the second Test which France won. His all round game impressive - passing, running at the line and kicking. Second half short kicking game exceptional forcing repeated line drops and took the wind out of Englands sails. Albert now trains alongside the likes of Carney and Dureau at Brutus so is in the right place.


Looking at the build of the players England bigger across the 17 but France to me starting slowly to match up in that area. They had possibly the best forward out there in Avignon's Goudemand who ploughed forward all afternoon.


A decade back the French youngsters measured themselves against BARLA formations and Australian Institute Sports sides - today its SL Academy and Australian Schoolbys. Its only a start with the Catalans U19s hardly out of the starting blocks but they're making progress certainly on yesterdays evidence.

#3123543 France Academy U18s 35-34 England Academy U18s

Posted by audois on 16 May 2015 - 05:24 PM

If anything convinced me about the presence of Catalans Dragons in Super League it was this effort this afternoon in Carcassonne. A dozen Dragons Academy lads against the cream across the Channel. 12 points behind after just a couple of minutes it looked like a massacre to happen. But did the French dig in.


Behind at the break 20-22 but with a strong wind behind dominated the second period; it was only a couple of opportunistic scores that got England back infront but a penalty goal sealed it at the death for France. Well deserved. A definate statement for sure.Something moved today.

#3106411 French Update

Posted by audois on 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.



#3105506 French Update

Posted by audois on 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.

#3104908 French Update

Posted by audois on 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.

#3104068 French Update

Posted by audois on 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.




#3100902 French Update

Posted by audois on 05 April 2015 - 11:11 AM



Keep them coming!

Wakefield - read any place across the Channel which helps to raise the standards over here.

#3098948 Catalans Dragons Omnisports

Posted by audois on 02 April 2015 - 10:30 AM

Looks like the Dragons are keen to expand their foot print locally too by adopting the local soccer club OC Perpignan to their brand from next season. It sounds like a good idea to put more sporting entities under their umbrella as long as its managed well. Its a popular phenomena over here - PSG did it of course with SL earlier and still today with Handball. Of course the club has grown this year already with the U19s Academy side and the Wheelchair Rugby set up hugely successful.


#3096917 27-29 Mar: Kingstone Press Championship Round 6 Match Thread

Posted by audois on 29 March 2015 - 12:17 PM

Not bad for French lad Remi Marginet at Dewsbury too. 18 point haul including a hat trick of tries for the Catalan raised half back..

#3095884 Spreading the Word

Posted by audois on 27 March 2015 - 12:51 PM

Eurostar staff peep at Catalans & London Broncos programmes ahead of weekends clashes in Perpignan & the capital. Every little helps. Blake Solly anticipating too the Dragons playing a game in Paris in 2016.


#3093093 U16's academy result

Posted by audois on 22 March 2015 - 12:34 PM

See at U19s Catalans got their first ever win yesterday at Hull FC 46-20 too. Rhinos next week for their first home game at Brutus.

#3087544 France A

Posted by audois on 12 March 2015 - 12:37 PM

They've picked the following squad to prepare for the game against South Africa at Albi in May. All selected from the Elite 1 comp. Renaud Guigue the Avignon coach in charge. Like the idea. A young group. The team to play in the Autumn to come from full time professionals either at the Dragons or playing across the Channel


1          ADER Bastien                            TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII

2          AMBERT Thomas                       ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

3          BONNET Guillaume                    SO AVIGNON XIII

4          BOURREL Alexandre                  XIII LIMOUXIN

5          BOURREL Pierre Louis                AS CARCASSONNE XIII

6          BOUZINAC Charles                     FC LEZIGNAN XIII

7          BOYER Clément                         TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII

8          CANET Bastien                          AS CARCASSONNE XIII

9          CARRERE Anthony                     FC LEZIGNAN XIII

10        DECARNIN Aurélien                   VILLENEUVE XIII

11        ESCAMILLA Alexis                      AS CARCASSONNE XIII

12        ESCAMILLA Bastien                    AS CARCASSONNE XIII

13        GIGOT Tony                             SO AVIGNON XIII


15        GUASCH David                          PALAU XIII BRONCOS

16        GUASCH Joan                           ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

17        HEROLD Maxime                       XIII LIMOUXIN

18        JULLIEN Benjamin                     SO AVIGNON XIII

19        KRIOUACHE Mourad                  TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII

20        MARIA Loïc                               VILLENEUVE XIII

21        MASSELOT Samy                        TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII

22        MAUREL Tony                           TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII

23        MILOUDI Hakim                         ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

24        NAVARRETE Romain                  ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

25        PEREZ Ugo                                ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

26        POURRET Romain                      SO AVIGNON XIII

27        ROBIN Stanislas                         ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

28        SOUBEYRAS Clément                  AS CARCASSONNE XIII

29        SPRINGER Gadwin                     ST ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

30        TORT Benjamin                        FC LEZIGNAN XIII

31        YESA Valentin                           TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII