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  1. Rookies to watch in 2018

    Arthur Mourgue 18 yr old half back at Catalans Dragons signed first pro contract and no 30 shirt for Dragons in 2018. Will be focal to the Academy side again but may yet see a SL start later in the year.
  2. Catalans announce squad

    Wondering whether something like that might crop up. The Federation wanting to keep Janzac to contract apparently so McNamara presently depending on Hunwicks with Bosc helping out.
  3. Catalans announce squad

    The big overhaul at Brutus could be significant in 2018. Not seen before where in quick time the Dragons coach and his two assistants have departed as well their conditioner too. McNamara putting down his marker. Will the following be as significant as the arrivals of Mead and McILorum – Frenchmen Loic Louit and Maxence Riviere put in charge of conditioning and a new post of performance director in Richard Hunwicks – who has been with the England team in the WC – maybe with an overseeing role. On top of that physio Rob Parkinson has joined the expanding off-the-field team. Catalans too many players carrying injuries last term - weeks on end Bird, Tierney and Wiliame had knees strapped up. As well as lacking pace where they just not fit enough? Only one assistant coach so far announced in young Frenchmen Oliver Janzac – rated here after securing back to back championships with Limoux. Interesting times.
  4. Elite 1 follow-up

    The report says that they found a debt (hidden?)of €120,00 from the previous administration. It was reported their budget for this season to be €650,000. They have no overseas players. While neigbours Lezignan on a budget of €500,000 have three overseas as well as Pelissier signed up. It s merry go round though.
  5. Toulouse show SL intent?

    There has been talk for a while now of playing a game in the Tarn up at Albi. The local side under Eric Anselme is doing well this year and the towns Pro 2 team in union now relegated to the third tier. They'll play I imagine at the main stadium where France have played internationals before - against Wales a few years back drew 10,000. Interesting getting Leigh to play there. Also Toronto Easter Monday could get a crowd in. Last year on the corresponding day the Dragons and TO pulled jointly 15,000.
  6. Elite 1 follow-up

    Bruno Onteniente is the lead reporter for L'Independant as well as commentator for Radio Bleu Roussillon covering all the Dragons games home & away. He covers Elite 1 too and each Tuesday has a full page review.
  7. The lovely Stade L' Aiguille at Limoux to host the next streamed fixture and another derby to boot with Lezignan as visitors. They're re-naming the main stand that day in the honour of the late Paul François De Nadaï, "Nanache " An international 30 times 1967-75 and who played in Limoux's first ever Championship success in 1968.
  8. Elite 1 follow-up

    I reckon but great improvement on last season for Toulouse. Also in the U19s curtain raiser they were just pipped by last years Champions St Esteve 22-20. They 're running with two sides at that level too I think. Toulouse ticking all the right boxes. Interesting in the St Esteve U19s a J Chan listed - is it Alex's lad I wonder. Other results this weekend Carcassonne 6-10 Limoux Lezignan 52-6 Villenuve sur Lot Palau 14-42 Avignon * Danny Hulme scored Villeneuves only try at Lezignan. * Reported here that Darryl Griffin is joining Palau.
  9. Elite 1 follow-up

    Last nights results St Esteve 28-14 Toulouse Albi 22-16 St Gaudens Sounds like two excellent performances from two of last seasons stragglers
  10. Earlier heavy thundery showers. U19s cancelled. 2 hours from KO still raining.
  11. Catalans signing?

    Interesting front row choices in 2018. Moa and Casty in pole position both in early 30’s – the Tongan didn’t play a lot NRL so maybe still something in the tank while skipper Casty has struggled to find the form which earned him a Roosters stint. Then there’s Bousquet and the returning Maria who did well at Leigh add in Margalet who was an unsung hero last term in a malfunctioning squad. Took time to get going as he first appeared in 2013 - total games just 25 in five years. He’s has no size but worked his socks off last season to be heard. Seguier and Belmas behind this group just out of Academy with each a handful of SL appearances. The latter a year older and was included in the French WC squad. Size doesn’t seem to be an issue with this pair while teenage props Vailhen and Rouge too have been handed professional contracts after impressing in the U19s in 2017. If only Catalans had this competition elsewhere.
  12. This Sunday afternoon 3pm UK time from Stade Albert Domec. Federation planning to stream one game each week. Using 6 cameras and three commentators - led by the French national team coach Aurelien Cologni. This one should be a belter between current Champions Limoux and Cup holders ASC. As well as a derby game there is a special flavour to this 4th round tie with Maxime Greseque returning to his old stamping ground but in the opposite corner this time as the new Limoux coach taking over the reins from Catalans Dragons bound Olivier Janzac. Both sides to date 2 wins and 1 loss. The Canaris are pulling all the stops out. 500 pre-match meals the order of the day already announced with the diners arriving before midday for the customary aperitif. With some Grizzlie fans coming down the valley we may gather the first four figure crowd of the season weather permitting. I plonk myself in the old stand next to the railway line which now has a new look. Those who are familiar with the layout will now find the old terrace running the length of the grandstand now converted into seating. It’s a decent venue these days. For the St Gaudens game there were half a dozen of us perched up there not taking into account the press box. Most regulars now prefer the new stand opposite but I reckon the rake of the seating is better from our view point and seats better quality too. Streaming WebTV FFRXIII here hopefully:
  13. Toulouse 2018 thread

    I picked up somewhere that somebody President/administrator at Colomiers was involved with TO. Saw an Elite 1 Championship Final at Stade Michel Bendichou (cap 11,000) some years back. If they make SL in the near future I think it will depend on access to these other grounds.
  14. Toulouse 2018 thread

    See the 'Toulouse ground finally begins renovation' piece.