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Catalans Dragons

12 November 2014 - 08:18 PM

Club press conference at Brutus this morning to welcome new coaching assistant Michael Monaghan & the returning Remi Casty. Think they're pleased about picking up the former Warrington half back/hooker in the knowledge of some one who has only just retired. To many the front row didn't quite have the edge in 2014. Having Casty back could well remedy that.


The playing squad come together for the first time next Monday. The French international players & Elliott Whitehead exempt till next month. Also the club have cut the first team squad to just 23 for the new campaign - may be the new impending U19s Academy has some thing to do with that. The supporters clubs invited to share a breakfast with players and coaching staff followed by first run out and press conference to officially announce the arrival of Todd Carney. The other major recruit Willie Tonga arrived last week and performed the celebrity kick off along side Monaghan at St Esteve Sunday for the reserve team game. The new coach was a Canberra player which may well help Carney settle in along with Ben Pomeroy who played with the half back at Cronulla.


Elsewhere hear that the Federation President Carlos Zalduendo is part of a government delegation travelling with President Francois Hollande to Sydney and Canberra next week. Some recognition or what!


Seb Martins to Widnes!

30 October 2014 - 12:58 PM

France's great wanderer continues it seems. May be he just likes Lowerhouse Lane. Didn't Crusaders his last club train there. Plenty of folk have recognised his qualities and why they still believe he can offer something. Still on the right side thirty too. Denis believes may be!

French Academy

28 October 2014 - 12:36 PM

A group of 43 hopefuls meet in Toulouse this week. Preparing two sides U18s/U19s to play Australian Schoolboys in December. Coaches incude Olivier Janzac & David Berthezene the former Dragons hooker. 19 members of new Dragons Academy included plus 6 lads from Avignon and 5 from Toulouse. Plus the two English based players Jouffret at Warrington and Ferret at Salford. Also included the Limoux top prospect Mickalezyk heading for Sydney in the new year.


Catalan Celebration

19 October 2014 - 01:56 PM

10 years anniversary next year. The club are looking to celebrate the occasion big time. May be another on the road extravaganza. The Club management feel that the 2015 roster will be their best ever.. Carney and Tonga plus the returning Casty & may be Dureau. Coaching too with Monaghan on board. Add on the launch of their Academy set up which to some one of the biggest statements of all. Elsewhere  the Dragons Business Club had 150 of its members present at Old Trafford last weekend for the Grand Final as well as supporters who's colours well in evidence. The DBC will be present next term expanding their commercial remit driving the French entity ever further forward.




Bein Sport

04 October 2014 - 12:54 PM

Catalan's existing contract with the Qatari owned Bein Sport channel is now concluded. New negotiations are expected now to take place. Apparently there's talk that the club are looking at a new contract with money up front. This would be a major break through for the game here. The Dragons and the French game in general happy with what Bein have come up with these past three years. All Catalan home games covered plus other SL content, World Cup & NRL. The only thing missing is €€€s.Earlier coverage by Canal + and Orange TV didn't match up.


May be this will bring to ahead the on going saga with Toulouse Olympique and their aspirations too. Talking of which according to yesterday's La Depeche du Midi the green light for the stadium re-development looks like being approved. What I like about this is the Stade Minimes urban city centre location. Twenty minute walk from the railway station & accessible from the Metro.