NZ only has 1 pro team. Comparison with England (or NZ) is exactly what France should be going off if they want to get to the next level. As it is they're miles behind and no better than the Celtic nations. Let's hope the youngsters are better than the last lot
Yes, we are. 8 wins on 10 matchs over the last 5 years for an average score of 32-16. That's better.
And that's leaving aside that the 'celtic' nations had often not much 'celticness' about them...
The cap issue has been resolved for Toulouse now though, so comparisons to 2009 cannot be made. Toulouse could become full time and offer far more than they could have back then. A ridiculous situation really.
But... they won't. To become full time, they will need extra revenues. Extra revenues that can only be generated by finding new customers. New customers that can only be brought in if you provide them with an enough quality product which is not the League 1, nor the Championship.
The only way the club could become full time before entering SL would be if someone was willing to waste millions during a few years to pay players for playing in L1/Championship.
That goes for Toulouse, or for any other possible expansion market (english or not).