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In Topic: Toulouse and Carcassone raise the bar!

17 November 2014 - 01:49 PM

According to the Warrington CEO the new structure provides for any European club to come in and work their way to the top. Toulouse should have the ammunition to walk CC1 then they need to be able to fund a professional side in CC and win that in terms of top four .


That would ensure SL without having to have a TV contract, I can only think the TV contract is the cart before the horse.


The alternative is dreaming the French semi pro clubs will just grow & grow and grow and hey presto a French pro league.


BTW the Wire CEO used Toulouse as an example of how SL is now open to anyone "if your good enough"and cited "recent talk" of the club doing just that


So now is CC1 ? That's brillant, it only gets better and better.


Are they really that delusional ?

In Topic: RLIF reveals World Cup 2021 bidding process

12 October 2014 - 10:13 PM

Good point, England in a WC final in Paris would see 20,000-25,000 English fans alone going over. Without England in the final I think you could still see 10k+ from the UK to boost the crowd. 60-70k at the Stade De France would be huge for our game.


I love the enthusiasm, but realistically these kind of figures are pie in the sky.
At the moment, rl doesn't get any national traction, It doesn't ring any bell for most north of Toulouse. If for some reason the AFL decided to move their grand final to Paris, it would flop, just like a RLWC final would flop.
For a french WC not to be a total failure, it will have to be centred on medium southern cities where the game gets recognition (Albi, Perpignan, Avignon, etc.) plus a couple of nearby large cities (Toulouse and possibly Lyon) thrown in. But even there, that will be quite a gamble.
Of course, if there was a serious plan to (re)establish  RL as a strong second tier sport by then (by setting up a full pro domestic competition or by having 3 or 4 SL sides), that would be a whole another story. Sadly it's not the case (Toulouse in Championship is not a plan, it's stupidity).

In Topic: Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

28 September 2014 - 09:45 AM

fingers cross for the french pro league..


Well, considering that the RFL just gave the french game the finger by bringing back P&R, that's the only way out really.


Suprisingly enough, there is only a few to recognise it...

In Topic: Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

28 September 2014 - 05:37 AM

An article from the French league website indicates the intention is to form a joint venture to apply for super league.



And two weeks before that, the former ASC president was talking about a french professionnal summer league...


Too bad, we don't have a french word for vaporware...