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#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

#3087002 Crowdwatch week 4

Posted by audois on 11 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

The official crowd figures at Catalans so far.


Cas 9,169

Wire 8,782

Salford 8,864


Represent the highest opening crowds since they moved to Brutus in their second season 2007.

#3081256 Toulouse news

Posted by audois on 01 March 2015 - 09:10 PM

I ve seen two of the ASC-TO games this year & been impressed. Both for me could cope in the Championship - bottom half. Toulouse key man was back at Domec this afternoon and he won it for them. Jonathon Ford the Cook Islander was brillant at stand off. Someone said that Zalduendo-Nigel Wood dropped in for a while.


Toulouse roared away to lead 18-0 before the hosts came back at them with the NZ Warriors Holden Cup winner Samson a real handful. It got too two points different on the hour mark before TO pulled away again impressively 38-16. Its 2 wins for ASC, 1 win for TO and 1 draw. Could still meet yet again in the Final.

#3077510 Catalans Dragons

Posted by audois on 23 February 2015 - 02:29 PM

The Catalans foot print grows still more. If the Dragons and SL put their feet up this past weekend other entities have been on the move. The clubs Wheel Chair set up travelled to Preston to take on Leyland Warriors while the U19s Academy side made their second Channel hop to Odsal where they went down 18-6 to the Bradford Bulls.


Elsewhere have seen recently more interest from 'L'Equipe'. Its minuscule I know but its there. They did a decent review of their opening game at Saints and a few sentences the day after. They are at least listing the SL fixtures/results giving it more exposure. They repeated it for Castleford game too. Must keep an eye on it as its the only print coverage the code gets nationally here.

#3074697 French league article

Posted by audois on 19 February 2015 - 12:21 PM

Sorry Audois but where are the offices located ???

 In Toulouse.


The hope would be some up date on Toulouse Olympique. Zalduendo has met RFL I think in the last 6 months and the TO President I understand spoke with Ralph Rimmer and Blake Solly at Warrington the other week when they were over for pre-season game.


May be some update on the international scene. Richard Agars involvement. Match in South Africa in May plus venues for autumn matches here against Ireland, Scotland and possibly New Zealand.


Will be interesting if he brings any new re-organisation ideas to the table re-Elite 1 & 2; may be they just need to give it more time for the two levels to come closer together.

#3072413 Crowd watch - 1st week

Posted by audois on 15 February 2015 - 02:59 PM

Best ever opening day crowd at Brutus yesterday.




They had half a dozen crowds over 9K last year but all happen at & after Easter.

Catalans always struggle to get crowds out in Feb-March.