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  1. Johnathan Thurston at NQ Cowboys considered too small and released by Canterbury earlier in his career? Now 179 cm and 87 kg. No details on Mourgues but Albert presently 177 cm and 83 kg. To me the latter just needs to maintain his speed and mobility. Mourgues to fill-out up top. Watching Origin the other week. What stood out to me was the mobility of the Maroons across the board - dont carry too much muscle.Thurston, Cronk,Smith and Slater ideal profiles
  2. Two teenage half-backs making their mark at Catalans. Will they fulfil this potential to be the first French pairing in Perpignan within the next five years? Last Saturday at Brutus these youngsters scored two tries a couple of hours apart. First Arthur Mourgues 18 year old scrum half from the Avignon area scored a crucial match winning try in the Academy success against Castleford (26-8). Carcassonne reared Albert turned 19 yrs earlier this month filling in for Luke Walsh followed later scoring the Dragons opener - full of panache. Both these lads are good ball runners and willing to take the line-on. Albert additionally decent kicking game. They were paired together at St Helens last weekend in the U19s with Albert contributing 18 points with a brace of tries and 5 goals. At the out-set Catalans started with a half-back pairing coming from Villeneuve in Frayssinous and Rinaldi but it didn’t materialise with Jones soon in harness with Frayssinous playing at full back and Rinaldi at hooker. After it was always the overseas lads who took charge organising as one after the other arrived – Dobson, Mogg, McGuire, Dureau, Pryce and Carney featuring. Mourgues still a slip of a lad needs to fill out a bit but he knows where the try line is whereas Albert physically ready – he’s 5 kilos heavier than Fages at Saints and four years younger has already 19 SL games to his tally. It’s all conjecture I know but one hopes something significant may come from this pairing – only time will tell.
  3. No its just Hakim. It was reported that he would go out on loan from HFC initially to Halifax, then to York before Doncaster. A bit odd there. Why not Donny at the out-set as they seem to be the SL clubs preference club.
  4. The number of former Dragons players now coaching over here rising all the time. Frayssinous (Dragons), Guisset (Dragons),Verges (Dragons Academy), Cologni (France/Lezignan), Guigue (Avignon), Khattabi (Carpentras),Touxagas/Elima (Palau) and the latest Fakir (Lezignan). It is hoped that Frayssinous will find an opening again here - presently in Australia I understand fact finding mission visiting NRL clubs. Fakir here keeping good company down at Stade Moulin alongside a certain member of our parish -Monsieur 'Umbro'. Well done that man taking charge of the FCL U19s next term!
  5. Interesting on-lookers Saturday at Brutus. Along side Bernard Guasch here the coach of Top 14 champions Clermont-Ferrand Franck Azema. Catalan born he played for UTC a few times and has taken-in training sessions at Brutus in recent times. Next season he will have another Catalan as an assistant up at ASM in Bernard Goutta - who before playing for USAP was a junior I think at Pia XIII.
  6. BloOdy hell thats 4 clubs he's been linked up with in no time - HFC, Halifax, York and now Doncaster! Hope he takes his chance. PS - Great week for TOXIII. Finished regular season beating 3 of the top five sides twice and London the only side they couldn't beat.
  7. French players in England SL/Championship - 2016-17 1 Fages - St Helens 2 Springer - Castleford 3 Larroyer - Castleford 4 Escare - Wigan 5 Navarette - Wigan 6 Julien - Warrington 7 Pelissier - Leigh 8 Maria - Leigh 9 Barthau - London 10 Boudebza - London 11 Marginet - Sheffield 12 Robin - Sheffield 13 Margalet - Sheffield 14 Boyer - Halifax 15 Jouffret - Whitehaven 16 Perez - Whitehaven 17 Miloudi - York 18 Goudemand - Dewsbury 19 Bergal - Swinton Certainly getting around!
  8. Surprise move Goudemand signing for Dewsbury until the end of season. Putting himself in the window for hoped for SL contract. Classy player who for me wouldn t look out of place in a good team.Neil Kelly turning round Rams fortunes - so good place for the young Avignon backrower to be.
  9. Listened in to the excellent BBC Radio Humberside commentary. Very complimentry to the French side with Kheirallah and Robin signaled out. Was it Chris Charles doing the summarising ? - he mentioned his time playing at Villeneuve.They said Robin was really annoyed with the Planas and Minga attempts at tackling in that last play. Sometimes the French lack a bit of savvy - the wing Macron for instance after fielding a kick re-start cleanly found himself bundled into touch too easily. Houles must have been pulling his hair out!
  10. Its possible that Cafe de la Poste could have been closed this year when the Chemics came in early March. Looking back on earlier Widnes visits to Perpignan March and April feature including one I think was on Easter Monday when the Catalans often get their best turn-out. Dragons obviously like getting the better supported teams coming over in the warmer months but lots of considerations I imagine come into play. I understand that on a few occasions they would have shown preferences viz the games in Barcelona and Montpellier plus last year when the French club celebrated its 10th year in the competition.
  11. Decent quarter-page piece too in todays broad sheet 'La Depeche de Midi' with headline- "Héroïques Toulousains !" This appeared in the main Sports Section covering all editions. A rearity for TO to appear here.They only have extended coverage in the City Edition unlike the Dragons who have a major presence in Perpignans 'L'Independant.' covering both Roussillon and the Aude. Appears that Robins return to form was key in this success. Ford to return maybe for the second phase wherever that will be. A French derby at Brutus would be good.........!
  12. Merci beaucoup
  13. Ian Lenagan attends post-match function with 1300 present. Dragons get somethings right. Wigan got the nod from the off at Aime Giral and later invited to Montpellier twice. They always seem to get the summer bookings too except the opener at Brutus in 2007 when it poured down.
  14. The scene Saturday in Perpignan besides the Castillet. Fans gather at the symbolic Cafe de la Poste where XIII Catalan was formed in 1934