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Jean-Philippe Baile to Bradford

Today, 01:02 PM

Been reported here the utility player 27 yrs old with 77 SL games under his belt has signed for the Bulls for next two seasons. Joining up with another Carcassonne lad Mikael Simon who has gone to Wakefield.

Catalan crowds

04 August 2014 - 11:58 AM

In a recent article on this forum regarding SL crowds this season it was shown that the figures for Catalans was down on 2014. There appears a discrepancy here I think if you go by the official crowds announced at the ground and reported in the local paper the day after ("L'Independant").

The figures quoted by LE up to R21 where:

2013 av. 8,179 (down by 1,101 on 2012)
2014 av.7,940 (down on 2013)

By my reckoning:

2014 av. 8,538 (up on 2013)

(Noticed the figure being used this weekend on this forum for R22 Wire game 7,858 was the official one whereas the PA gave it as 7,000 on Sportinglife.com/BBC Sport et al)

Toulouse coach at Wire

24 July 2014 - 07:36 PM

Sylvain Houles the Toulouse Olympique cup/league winning coach has spent the last week at the HJ Stadium shadowing Tony Smith and his backroom staff. Houles who played SL at Huddersfield and London Broncos has made a great start after taking over mid season from former France coach Gilles Dumas. Still no word from the French club about their SL aspirations; if the idea is they are to play in the new look Championship across the Channel in 2016 may be it would need a decision before the new 2015 campaign kicks off. Nothing in the latest RFL press releases about expansion. For me Toulouse go-ahead for 2016 to be given asap and why not Avignon for 2018.

Pizza Boy!

11 July 2014 - 01:14 PM

Eloi Pelissier cuts such an efferescent figure in Catalan country whether on home territory up the Agly Valley at St Paul, the family Pizza shop at Canet Plage or on the field at Brutus. This week he has been followed on his jaunts by a Bein Sports Television crew doing a profile on one of the Dragons treasured jewels; the 22 year old hooker is on the verge of becoming the youngest ever Dragons player to reach 100 appreances for the club. They'll show the piece prior to their live coverage of the Wigan game tomorrow night. The French game depends entirely on Bein Sports to give the game visibility nationwide. These player profiles - they've done the same with Escare,Whitehead,Williams, Bosc & Duport too - valuable to raise the Dragons & the games profile this side of the Channel.

Catalan Dragons Update

29 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

Catalans continue to press the right buttons as these images here portray. Past linking with the future.Hundreds attend the inauguration of the new west stand behind the posts at Brutus last weekend. Not only the stand re-named the Puig Aubert Tribune but other parts of the complex too. The mayor of Perpignan present and the leader of the County Council (Department) also. Bernard Guasch in his element both at Brutus and later at the 80th birthday celebration of the XIII Catalan club - one of the founders which became the Dragons. This event took place at a local chateau and was attended by more than 1300 old and new plus a special guest in Keith Senoir preparing for his special bike ride back to Headingley. Looking at these events unfolding to me indicate how the club has grown and becoming a major sporting player in this part of France.