Boudebza outstanding again last night for Hull KR, the way he's playing he has to be one of the best hookers in the league. He has great core skills and we're starting to see him play more attacking football from dummy half. He'll definitely improve France as they've always been vulnerable around the ruck defensively. Looking forward to seeing both him and Pellisier line up for France against England.
Shenton on the cover of Rugby League World saying bring back GB, RL in Scotland and Ireland is almost non existent, Welsh rugby league clubs Crusaders and Scorpions are struggling to stay on their feet. It's basically gonna be England V Aus (If it happens). We need to develop the home nations first before bringing this concept forward.
Is this Nigel Wood's new brilliant idea after putting toulouse in Championship one?
As has been mentioned on a number of threads we're seeing an increased number of french players across the game at Catalan, Catalan U19, NRL and Super League. Things are really looking up for the national team and can see them getting closer to England in 3-5 years and at least being competitive. A Toulouse team would take the sport in France to the next level.
Anyway, providing all players are fit my team is:
I would also move heaven and earth to have Taia switch over to France when he becomes eligible.
The treatment of Toulouse in their quest for SL yet further evidence that the people 'running' our game have absolutely no idea how to run a modern sporting competition.
10 years of trying to get into SL and if what is rumoured is correct they'll be thrown into League 1.
Do they have no idea what impact this will have on their crowds and sponsors?
As Union grows stronger with their European cup comp, Wasps moving to fertile territory, bringing Argentina and Italy into senior comps.
A new US union pro league in the offing our sport lags further behind.
Putting Toulouse in SL would've been the easiest thing they could've done to advance international RL, expanding their player pool and creating a competitive European rivalry which could've been the basis for a 5-6 nations over here.
Instead we get the calamity which was Northamptons entry to league 1 which was destined to be an egg on face moment from the start.
Add to that the new promotion relegation system which takes away any incentives clubs have to bring through young players and the clumsy way the TV deal was handled. I can't see the sport in this country going anywhere. So much potential for the sport in France now with BEIN sports involved but it's sadly become regressive. Shame.
Massive game by Springer and decent debut for Yaha. Bousquet starting to look like a prop. Garcia still a huge asset to the team. Pelissier just the man, we need to play more Eloi and less Henderson.
At one time, Burke got a hit by Springer and Bousquet with Garcia coming in third. That might hurt a lot.
However, Carney, pure class.
Cardace and Pala need to sort out their defense, they put the wingers in a hard time everytime. Unimpressed by Tilse, busy in defense but very very average in attack, got little meters. Walker looked the best prop in KR.
Interesting thing about the game was the potential French pack, if you add the Cats players with the two who featured for Hull KR. They've potentially got a solid pack.
What's also great is France have got two really good hookers with complementing styles. Pellisier is physical and athletic, whilst Boudebza has quick, clean distribution from the ruck. Add to that Springer, Garcia, Bousquet that's the spine of a very good pack. The next guy who I'd like to see get more game time is Margalet, he looks like being the type of back rower France need.
Garcia (who is a prop, who played centre yesterday) was clocked at 34km/h by the GPS... which is as fast as Gareth Bale while weighting 100kg.
If this is true, is this GPS is right then we have a serious monster in this squad.
He's a beast that guy is and an extremely good player. The next generation of France players along with Fages, Bousquet, Escare and Cardace. Although the Dragons lost I thought the French lads played well, Cardace apart from one error looks to be getting better as does Bousquet who's starting to fulfil his early promise and impose himself on games.
It was the foreign players who I found disappointing Dureau and Tonga especially. Tonga had a nightmare and needs to step his game up, Dureau is living off his past reputation.
I'd like to see the young lads Springer, Margalet, Milhoudi get a run of games in the team.