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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...

In Topic: Catalans Rumour

30 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

The inferences are that the TV deal is a vehicle to block Toulouse, all the RFL need to do is ask for a TV deal at an XX price the French TV stations won't provide.


Indeed. On the last year Q&A regarding their policy review, the RFL made a point asking Toulouse to bring a TV deal that would cover the cost of the english SL2 clubs (or something like that).


When you consider that no french TV is interested in showing Toulouse Carcassonne (let alone giving money for it), asking for Toulouse to find someone to bring money to show Toulouse Featherstone or Toulouse Halifax was a nice exemple of high level trolling.

In Topic: Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

24 July 2014 - 10:40 AM


Magic Weekend - the only sport that has a festival where all 14 teams play in one venue over a weekend.



Just for the sake of it: the french women basketball league has the exact same thing running since 2005. There are probably many other similar exemples somewhere in the world.