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#3183900 29/8/2015 RL Challenge Cup Final Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos, Wembley...

Posted by audois on 29 August 2015 - 12:08 PM

Dont know if both Larroyer and Boudebza are playing but great day for French rugby league. The Tricolour foot-print widens by the day. Hopefully will be in Chez Felix on Place Carnot here in Carcassonne to watch it live on Bein Sports. Vive le Treize!

#3171869 Lucas Albert & Fouad Yaha

Posted by audois on 06 August 2015 - 12:10 PM

Moreover, while France has nearly always had enough good forwards, there is still much work that needs to be done on creating a strong three quarter line. For now we could say that Duport, Gigot and Yaha fit the bill for the national team. But the team needs one more winger and there needs to be a couple more wingers and a couple of centres at their standard.for France to be confident of its international competitiveness.


Interestingly when SL started twenty years back France had some super threequarters. The St Gaudens pairing Dulac-Sirvent were excellent; the former squat and bustling the other quick and rapier like and two Catalans the really classy Chamorin and wing Bomati - I think this pair played at PSG too. Hopefully France can unearth some more like this lot soon. Yaha is may be start and I think Romano from Carpentras who's presently with the Catalans U19's; did he get that try at Headingley last week plucking that ball high out of the sky impressively

#3170887 Lucas Albert & Fouad Yaha

Posted by audois on 04 August 2015 - 01:54 PM

Sign professional contracts at Catalans for 5 years and 3 years respectively. Albert a half back from Carcassonne at 17years 8 days the youngest ever player to debut for the Dragons in SL. 2 games this year whilst 18 year old wing Yaha from Avignon  played 9 games before a shoulder injury curtailed his season 2015.


#3169703 French men at Wembley

Posted by audois on 02 August 2015 - 11:51 AM

If Larroyer and Boudebza make it later this month. Great for them and the wider French game. Wonder whether L'Equipe will show interest. Will it be a first ever for French players other than Catalans in 2007. Players playing on stages like this must be beneficial all round particularly for the Tricolores. Who's next up Fages or Springer. Allez le Treize!

#3167408 French Update

Posted by audois on 29 July 2015 - 11:57 AM

I was under the impression that the Dragons weren't forking out a lot or even anything for the U19s Academy players.They have far higher costs to cover than the other English Academys with travel and accommodation bills to cover. With the latter including billeting lads with familys in the Perpignan area.


Avignon U20s won both cup/league comps last season. Its a great nursery for the code in France. Guigue, Khattabi, Duport, Pala, Garcia and Yaha started up there. 17,000 there for Kiwis in WC. Its a fine balancing line to make sure top lads can progress and the existing set-up continues to produce. Yaha and Romano came from the Vaucluse in the first wave.

#3166720 Wigan-Catalans in London

Posted by audois on 28 July 2015 - 12:48 PM

They're talked about going up to the capital for a while now. Some where expecting it to happen this year. They've already played Wigan twice in the regional capital Montpellier and last time out where rewarded with a 13,000 turn out. Wonder whether they'd play it at Stade Charlety where the first ever Super League game took place PSG-Sheffield. Other alternative the new Stade Jean-Bouin where Stade Francais now play.


#3166081 French Update

Posted by audois on 27 July 2015 - 01:01 PM

I picked up somewhere that Benjamin Jullien presently on loan at North Wales Crusaders has signed a professional contract for Warrington. Any confirmation.


A bit disappointed to hear that Mickael Goudemand who starred with Lucas Albert and Levy N'Zoungou for France U18s Academy in the win against England has signed apparently for RC Toulon. Benjamin Garcia I think toyed with the idea a few years back but instead went off to Brisbane to play Holden Cup.


Elsewhere 21 year old prop Clement Boyer from Toulouse Olympique played off the bench yesterday for Halifax in their home win against Bradford.

#3156812 Lucas Albert set to make debut.....

Posted by audois on 12 July 2015 - 01:27 PM

Back rower Mickalezyk back from his stay in Sydney with Roosters. Will debut with the Dragons U19s today at Widnes. Think this is the lad ball in hand.


#3156437 French Update

Posted by audois on 11 July 2015 - 12:45 PM

I well remember a good decade back at Carcassonne with what up to eight antipodean blokes flying in and out regularly. But I didn't think it was taking the game anywhere locally at all. Villeneuve sur Lot who yesterday apparently got the green light to reform and play in Elite 1 from September look like following the Avignon model with just local lads on board. After 2006 when the Dragons came along followed by Toulouse I thought something must change behind that. Its taking time but its moving in that direction now. Palau,St Esteve and possibily Toulouse Broncos followed by the ASC will be all French too from next term. They started with 8 teams last year but will have one additional this time round. Could possibily facilitate the return quite quickly of the likes of St Gaudens, Lyon and Carpentras even if the budgets are reduced.

#3155211 Clubs recruiting more from French local league - Who's the next crop to s...

Posted by audois on 09 July 2015 - 10:28 AM

Clement Boyer Toulouse to Halifax


The 21 yr old prop with 50 plus games for Toulouse it has been reported re-signed for the French club but will guest with Halifax until the end of the present Championship season.

#3152861 French Update

Posted by audois on 05 July 2015 - 12:12 PM

Whitehaven keep up their French contingent by signing Thibaut Ancely to replace Sigismeau. Straight into the squad for tomorrow's match.


Ancely played in the pack last season for Lezignan and had a couple of run outs for the Dragons back in 2011. Be interesting how Catalans U19s impacts the link with St Esteve next term. Rather than run the latter themselves have a link up with other local team Palau as well.


With three sides possibily traversing the Channel in 2016 if we include Toulouse the game here at some type of cross road. Outside those formations factor in the now steady stream of French players now linked to both SL and Championship clubs. Its certainly focusing the minds of treizistes here of the role of the local competitions and their function. May be, just may be a glimmer on the horizon this autumn with the Tricolores. Not expecting miracles just yet but hoping for a turning of some kind that France can get off its hind legs at last. Wont be easy as the Pacific nations lot dipping into the NRL big time are also improving year on year.

#3152453 French Update

Posted by audois on 04 July 2015 - 12:05 PM

Excellent news for Les Cats, important they kept him. Now for Pelissier.........


As far as I know Pelissier is already under contract - with Henderson heading home by all accounts the French hooker should be in pole position next term. With Pomeroy and Oldfield expected to move on to pastures new in 2016 there are only the situations of Anderson and Dureau of the overseas lads to be resolved . The Kiwi is playing out of his skin presently so I would be surprised if he isn't retained - a popular bloke who has really taken to life down here.


After Gigot and Baitieri re-signed this past week along with Bousquet who also had his contract extended to 2017 a few weeks back that just leaves Mounis and Maria of the French players to be sorted. Pity about Cardace but the sudden arrival of Yaha and the returning Gigot has put him further back in the pecking order. But Gigots spectacular re-birth hopefully will be a reminder to other French players that once discarded you're done for.

#3150993 Chevaliers Cathares Update

Posted by audois on 02 July 2015 - 10:09 AM

In an interview this week with the Midi-Olympique rugby paper one of the driving forces behind the Chevaliers Cathares the young President of Carcassonne Monier revealed that the project was still very much alive ("plus que jamais!"). He has spoken with his colleagues at both Limoux and Lezignan and they appear very much on board.. They hope the regional entity will play the Dragons again early in 2016 and an English side also is expected to be on their horizons too. Monier is to approach the RFL about the Cathares putting a side in the Challenge Cup as soon as possible.


A place the Cup would be an exciting development. Was present back in 2002 at St Gaudens when they played host to the first ever CC tie played in France against Halifax. Under Lewis the knockout competition laid the scene for the renovation of the game here with Villeneuve and Toulouse following behind and paving the way for eventual arrival of the Dragons in SL in 2006. Having the likes of Halifax returning and other top Championship sides visiting the Aude region would be a real boost.

#3145732 French Update

Posted by audois on 23 June 2015 - 10:17 AM


Yes its just primary school kids having a go but there are nearly 1800 of them ! And whats more up in Lyon where the game struggles to reassert itself. Takes some organising with sixty referees and all that.


Elsewhere turmoil at Carcassonne with skipper Sadaoui and Guiraud two pillars of the club reported to be on the way out. Wind blowing through the local comp with budget cuts everywhere. If there is a silver lining it could see the likes of St Gaudens, Lyon, Villefranche, Montpellier and Carpentras being able to rejoin the top tier.

#3142720 French Update

Posted by audois on 18 June 2015 - 10:35 AM

..audois..are there many under 19's teams in France ..and what would the attitude be to playing games in Ireland for them clubs /teams ???merci


The Juniors are U21s next age group up after Cadets (U17s). All the Elite 1/2 are supposed to field U21s (18 teams). France play England Academy U18s annually now as well as the Australian Schoolboys which is really raising the standard I think. For me these formations are crucial to the development of the game and should be a priority. France do well with what they have  presently but the reservoir is still not big enough. I doubt there's many more than 30 sides in each these age groups. Its a big challenge


I'm not aware of these age groups at club level tour at all; tend to be schools of rugby up to say U15s.