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JohnM

England v France 3rd Nov

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Hi OF,

It was a pleasure to met you, John and Rob.

The Movember 'tashe is coming along, although it does need a bit of work. Will have to catch up with you for a pint in Cross Keys next season. All the best.

Good stuff, although I'm the one called Rob and the mouthy one you thought was called Rob is actually called Roy.

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Good stuff, although I'm the one called Rob and the mouthy one you thought was called Rob is actually called Roy.

Sorry mate, a typo, I mean't Roy!! :)

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I'm not claiming that they will magically appear out of the aether, and it is deliberately disingenuous to claim that I am, but:

  • There are players of good quality who, for personal or political reasons, will not sign for Catalans. Anyone who follows the news from France on TRL knows about the rivalries and tribalism involved.
  • There are semi-pro players who would improve under a full-time professional rĂ©gime. Catalans have done this already. Even if it is just in terms of fitness, a French team that can compete for 80 minutes without wilting will be a better team.
  • There will be imports, which we all know isn't ideal, but the new franchise will have to be pragmatic.
  • There are the young, up-and-coming players. Catalans can't afford to sign every promising youngster, and those that don't get picked will, if they are any good, end up being poached by Union.

The last point will take time, but the longer it is put off, the longer it will take to achieve. But, no doubt, it will take less than a season for the Jonahs to say "it isn't working, FACT". :rolleyes:

spout all you want mate, surely we should be concentrating on a strong england team.......just face the facts the french are just not good enough and live with it!!!!!

perhaps if catalans didn't spend so much on imports they would be able to sign the promising young french players as alexander orlov says................................................simples.

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Supporting France IS developing a strong England team.

We have the players, we need to opposition to test us regularly.

Don't you get it?

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Supporting France IS developing a strong England team.

its certainly a part of it. A regular and reliable programme of Internationals is important for media attention and spectator interest, helps challenge the weaker national teams and provides a much needed opportunity for teams like England to train together and play together as well as providing an opportunity for players to compete for selection.

I'd like to see some more games squeezed in somehow between now and the WC, which is a year away. too big a gap.

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spout all you want mate

Charming - not sure why I bother discussing things if that's the best I get back.

surely we should be concentrating on a strong england team.......

I think we should be concentrating on strengthening the sport as a whole, and France need improvement even more than England.

just face the facts the french are just not good enough and live with it!!!!!

Resign ourselves to the international scene never getting any better, ever? Great idea! You go straight on to Garry Schofield's Christmas card list.

perhaps if catalans didn't spend so much on imports they would be able to sign the promising young french players

So you didn't even bother reading points 1 and 4, then?

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I'd like to see Toulouse in for next season as all clubs struggle in their first season so they may as well get it over with now. The chance of showing an all French derby game would be enough to get a profitable TV deal for the French.

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so you want a club that couldn't hack it in the championships and received regular drubbings home and away given a place in super league? they were dreadful and their ground although pretty is about the standard of your average cc1 club..............

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Like Widnes?

Touche :D :D

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I dont think its on their agenda at the moment. They're quite close to the Dragons. They've already hosted Catalans at Domec in their first season and I keep asking people why they don't host a game again especially as Domec's had a face lift and looks good. Capacity now 10,500. For me the best run club in France after the Dragons. They are inviting the Dragons to some type of gala evening I think before Xmas.

But they're just too close geographically to Perpignan aren't they. Catalans have official supporters groups around Carcassonne. Lots of cars around town display both ASC & Dragons stickers. People in the know say its Toulouse next up. Even if that failed I'd still go next up to Provence and Avignon a good 2 hours by train from Perpignan. Another region & different market. Carcassonne-Aude-Tarn would be my next stop after that.

How many Carcassonne fans actually make the journey to Perpignan though??

Consider how many Super League teams are so geographically close in the UK, could that not be the same for France.

I just think getting two heartland clubs up and running in SL (Perpignan and Carcassonne) would be easier than getting one heartland and one expansion club (Perpignan and Toulouse)

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You're welcome! :)

We do make some daft stuff up. Personal favourite: 'You wat, you wat, you wat you wat you watkins!'.

That was quite good, but my favourite was the Sinfield vs Tomkins song to the tune of No Limit! Low point was the Jimmy Saville one ....!

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Low point was the Jimmy Saville one ....!

Bit childish wasn't it...

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The Sinfield/Tomkins one was my brother's idea. I don't remember a Jimmy Saville one, although the John Barnes rap was quite funny!

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Like Widnes?

have you got a thing about widnes? did someone from the town run off with your missus or something?, mind you keep talking about us all you want, we are here and we are here to stay....................

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