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Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

23 September 2014 - 11:10 AM

The three local clubs here seem to be talking about joined up thinking. The Presidents of Carcassonne, Lezignan and Limoux have met recently to see how they can,as one, take the game forward. First of all they are putting up a new trophy for the best all-round club. This will involve all the teams under the respective ASC,FCL and Limoux banners from U14s, U16s, U21s & Elite 1. Over the whole seasons 24 games in total.


Although each town is a rallying call for the treize in its locality the Presidents feel that together they must unite to make the game and brand stronger and more prominent across the whole area with a population of 300,000 or so.


I think there is a link with this development to the apparent news that a team representing the area will play a game against the Catalan Dragons next January. Interestingly Toulouse Olympique will play SL opposition travelling to Warrington next January too. Linking this with what Jonty mentioned elswhere wouldn't a game with Cumbria be a decent match against an Aude selection. This area also has need of a more attractive calendar and this type of thing I'm sure would be well received.


Steve Deakin (merged threads)

05 September 2014 - 12:40 PM

For family reasons & returning home across the Channel. All seems amicable with Steve thanking all those at the club for the support given over last 4 years. Wonder if the arrival of the Academy from 2015 will see the Dragons change its policy some what. May be utilising all of Perpignan's Elite clubs including Palau & Baho.

Félix to Félix - a very particular treize story

03 September 2014 - 11:32 AM

Four generations linked here. Bar Felix on Place Carnot in the heart of Carcassonne is known by a fair few who post on here. The Bar originates from Félix Bergèse who was a Basque who arrived in the town after Second World War and became central to the Canaris golden epoch under the great Puig Aubert. Bergèse played & later coached the ASC.


The present landlord Jean Cabrol married Bergèse's daughter & Jean's son Baptiste and daughter Anne work with him in the Bar today. He's a fine host as people like Ray French et al will testify to the reception given.Cabrol himself was a fine player/coach with St Gaudens & Montpellier. Jean a great treiziste as this superb Webdoc reveals.


In the opening sequences there's a super image of the bar with Jean, family & staff present where they've super imposed Felix Bergèse & his wife next to Jean! As you see unfold its a Treize story from front to back. All the characters are there; Guasch, Zaldunedo & Ivan Greseque too. Some of the pictures there of the returning history making Tricolores of 1951to Marseille incredible. Players given individual limousines to carouse along the sea front on debarkation ('L'Age D'or du) - Jean Dop & Jackie Merquey. The story kind of comes up to date with Jean's grand children running around with a rugby ball at the ecole de rugby. Smashing stuff. Worth a peep!



Academy sides in 2015

02 September 2014 - 01:12 PM

Does anyone know how many sides will be included? Do they play home& away against all the teams. I think everyone this side of the Channel is pretty excited by the Catalans participation next year. Seventeen young French hopefuls fronting up week on week against Englands best. It's a huge statement by the club. After Wembley, the new Puig Aubert Stand, the U19's arrival is on par.

France-Wales Tickets now on sale

02 September 2014 - 11:57 AM



European Cup game at Albi on Saturday 25th October KO 3pm.

Should be a cracker. The Tricolores looking for some new blood with Elima, Bosc & Mounis sitting out this tournament. Escaré, Pelisser, Fages, Garcia & Bousquet et al to start to show their worth. Looking forward to it.