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oiseau    234

Exactly what I am saying. If the FFR13 actually poured some money into the French national team and got a proper coach and structures in place then fans would come from all over to watch them - and pay! France actually has the chance to follow the RUnion model and make the national team the pinnacle of the sport in the country. Tens of thousands of sports fans would potentially go and watch their national side play and compete against the top countries without having an interest in the domestic game.

agreed, the french will turn out but they don't expect to have to travel 10 hours in a car to watch their national team !

the FFR is in a transition period with a new president coming in soon - the FFR is a pretty innefectual body at best (and we criticise the RFL !) but the national coaching position has become a joke - taking nowt away from Cologni who is a 'proper coach'

by the way and a good appointment in my humble opinion tho' I would have someone like Jerôme Guisset or Steve Deakin as assistant with their direct contact with the Catalans.

but just having one home international per year is disgraceful !

we, the fans deserve better

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keighley    579

France have two home games in the 2013 World Cup, one at Avignon and one at Perpignan. Do you think they will get good attendances for those games?. In the last WC in the Northern hemishphere, the French attendances were a rare bright spot.

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oiseau    234

France have two home games in the 2013 World Cup, one at Avignon and one at Perpignan. Do you think they will get good attendances for those games?. In the last WC in the Northern hemishphere, the French attendances were a rare bright spot.

yeah, Avignon & the GB are great venues for internationals - Stade Toulousain and Albi were also great stadia for past RL internationals - the Albert Domec at Carcassonne will be good when the ground redevelopments are completed but LENS ?

deary me........

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Scubby    5,056

Depends on the price of the ticketsIn the 2000 WC (I went to every game in France) all the crowds quoted were genuine apart from Paris which was around 1800 (Tas just made the figure up and i was standing next to him when he did it:)))))CM

I was also at the game at Paris in 2000 (double-header) and there were around 3,500-4,000 there at least. Maybe not the 7k that was quoted but to say it was 1800 is not like you CM :lol:

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ParraEelsNRL    205

What's with the trolls and all the doomsday merchants in this thread, for gods sake, wake up or watch another sport you idiots :rolleyes:

If the game is played in France, the FFR13 can play it where they bloodywell like and if it's too far away from where a certain 2 here live, stiff shiit.

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oiseau    234

What's with the trolls and all the doomsday merchants in this thread, for gods sake, wake up or watch another sport you idiots :rolleyes:

If the game is played in France, the FFR13 can play it where they bloodywell like and if it's too far away from where a certain 2 here live, stiff shiit.

so you would be happy to travel to say, Darwin to watch Aus v NZ in the only RL international of the year to be played on Australian soil ?

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Jim from Oz    170

Also in France using the car is very expensive i drove to Lezignan 2 weeks ago and the road tolls from Perpignan were around 17 euros (£ 15.00) return add on petrol at Euros 1.60 nearly now a litre (£ 1.40) it works out at over £ 2.00 a litre in real terms.If you are a french RL fan to drive from Perpignan to Toulouse return now costs around Euros 30.00 in road tolls alone forget speeding there are speed cameras everywhere gendamarie police standing at the tolls checking documents etc even sometimes they check your tickets and can work out if you have been speeding just by the time you entered the motorway.France is really expensive its not the France i knew 15 years ago when i moved there from the UK:(CM

why don't you take the train then?

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keighley    579

Also in France using the car is very expensive i drove to Lezignan 2 weeks ago and the road tolls from Perpignan were around 17 euros (£ 15.00) return add on petrol at Euros 1.60 nearly now a litre (£ 1.40) it works out at over £ 2.00 a litre in real terms.If you are a french RL fan to drive from Perpignan to Toulouse return now costs around Euros 30.00 in road tolls alone forget speeding there are speed cameras everywhere gendamarie police standing at the tolls checking documents etc even sometimes they check your tickets and can work out if you have been speeding just by the time you entered the motorway.France is really expensive its not the France i knew 15 years ago when i moved there from the UK:(CM

Yes, it's going off topic a bit but every time I come to the UK, I hire a car and then those speed camera things drive me crazy. They are not law enforecment or road safety measures, they are revenue collectors for the Govt, nothing more.

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keighley    579

Drive within the limit and never pay a fine. I never have.

You are, of course, correct. However, when you are driving from Yorkshire to catch a plane at Heathrow at 4.00 am on an empty motorway, it seems nuts to have to toddle along at 70.m.p.h

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oiseau    234

So you would think when the stadium gets completed, with the support they have then toulouse will finally get into sl.

if they meet the RFL criteria , yes it will happen otherwise the club & city would not even be talking about ground redevelopment let alone getting Blake Solly & Ralph Rimmer etc coming over to discuss their future plans

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oiseau    234

Also in France its an on the spot fine and if you do not have the cash on you they will escort you to the nearest cashpoint machine:(((( Also if you are 30/40K over the limit it will be an instant ban on the spot (usually 2 months) i know i got stopped driving from perpignan to canet a few years ago (I was doing 140 in a 110) it was 2 months ban on the spot and around 200 euros fine,it was quite funny as lucky my missus was with me and had her russian license on her so she could drive it was even funnier the gendarm trying to write down the details of a russian license.Back in the old days in and around Perpignan many RL men were in the police and gendarmarie and drink driving was rife in fact i remember off duty ones giving everyone instructions one night in a local bar on which routes to drive home to avoid that nights road controls:)))) one famous dragons ex player (What goes on tour stays on tour:) once crashed his car into a ditch after getting totally wasted the police turned up saw who he was and just took him home in their car that was that matter closed:))) Can you imagine that happening back in the UK never in a thousand years.CM

goes on everywhere doesn't it ? certainly did in Great Yarmouth !

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keighley    579

Also in France its an on the spot fine and if you do not have the cash on you they will escort you to the nearest cashpoint machine:(((( Also if you are 30/40K over the limit it will be an instant ban on the spot (usually 2 months) i know i got stopped driving from perpignan to canet a few years ago (I was doing 140 in a 110) it was 2 months ban on the spot and around 200 euros fine,it was quite funny as lucky my missus was with me and had her russian license on her so she could drive it was even funnier the gendarm trying to write down the details of a russian license.Back in the old days in and around Perpignan many RL men were in the police and gendarmarie and drink driving was rife in fact i remember off duty ones giving everyone instructions one night in a local bar on which routes to drive home to avoid that nights road controls:)))) one famous dragons ex player (What goes on tour stays on tour:) once crashed his car into a ditch after getting totally wasted the police turned up saw who he was and just took him home in their car that was that matter closed:))) Can you imagine that happening back in the UK never in a thousand years.CM

That's horrendous. The train sounds a better deal. I was trying to work out how to get from Bristol to Avignon in the WC next year and the planes don't do it but I can take the TGV from Paris and get there. Seems crazy, dosn't it.

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The Daddy    616

That is 8,000 more than are actually interested in RL in France. FACT CM

But surely he's making it up because Canetman was sitting next to him when he came up with the figure.

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Lobbygobbler    205

Some of you on here need a large reality check, if they were charging (lets say Euros 10.00) for this match the crowd would be 3000 maximum.Hats of to Luke Dyan if they get 20000 however as for regular RL fans in france it totals no-more than around 12000 (+ the dragons) although as someone else has pointed out on this forum a large part of the dragons home crowd are french RL fans who would be from the original 12000 that i quoted.CM

Prrhaps it will be like the crowd in "Escape to Victory" - the best rendition of La Marseillaise I've ever heard

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oiseau    234

even with a freebie ticket i've decided financial restraints will not allow two nights in a hotel - that, along with the petrol/toll plus eating charges etc turns what should be a nice saturady spent supporting the lads into a non-event

train logistics (3 changes over 12 hours) and taxi fares add up to about the same outlay and my pockets aren't deep enough to cover the costs

thanks Larrat & Dayan for putting me off french RL - I couldn't even be bothered to drive to Toulouse on saturday - I thought the idea was attract fans to the greatest game ?

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T-Dub    3

Some of you on here need a large reality check, if they were charging (lets say Euros 10.00) for this match the crowd would be 3000 maximum.Hats of to Luke Dyan if they get 20000 however as for regular RL fans in france it totals no-more than around 12000 (+ the dragons) although as someone else has pointed out on this forum a large part of the dragons home crowd are french RL fans who would be from the original 12000 that i quoted.CM

11,600

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winnyason    68

Get real mate, avignon gave away ti kets you really are a negative sod. Next year premium wc games v nz and samoa at avignon and perpnignan. Things seem positive super xiii seems reality and tolouse shoe in for 2015 sl can you really whinge?

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oiseau    234

i'm entitled to whinge if I feel hard done by simple as that - a forum is a place to give opinion and exchange ideas, I try to do this without causing offence to others by name-calling etc

i'm not anti 'spreading the word' about our great game to any part of France or anywhere else for that matter - RL is even played in Norfolk nowadays something which would have been unthinkable in the days when I drove regularly from Gt Yarmouth to Knowlsley and other far flung places in the 70s/80s

a realistic scenario for me would be for the FFR to play their next Magic Weekend plus a Catalans game in Lens or wherever over two days with freebie tickets to all - this would, in my opinion with the right kind of publicity raise the profile of the game as a precursor to any future national league - Catalans already play at 'nearby' grounds in heartland or Catalonian areas ( Barcelona, Beziers, Montpellier etc) which seems a waste of time to me as all the club is doing is making the current fanbase travel further to support their team so why not try such a venture in non RL areas ?

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