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I admit I have often wondered what place rugby league has in Toulouse. They're more often than not in the very long shadows of Stade Toulousain and Toulouse FC and may be even the cities Handball team. But this past week feted by the civic authorities and as seen here welcomed on Place du Capitole in the very heart of France's 4th biggest city in celebration of the clubs unique cup-league double after 77 years of trying. Its an image taking some believing.

 

I can remember them some years back when their U21s arrived at Carcassonne with only nine players when this year they won the comp; to be fair Justin Morgan got them on the front foot in 2005 but their Championship stay across the Channel later unproductive. Last year when they hosted the Catalan-Hull KR game before 14,000 something else changed too.

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I admit I have often wondered what place rugby league has in Toulouse. They're more often than not in the very long shadows of Stade Toulousain and Toulouse FC and may be even the cities Handball team. But this past week feted by the civic authorities and as seen here welcomed on Place du Capitole in the very heart of France's 4th biggest city in celebration of the clubs unique cup-league double after 77 years of trying. Its an image taking some believing.

 

I can remember them some years back when their U21s arrived at Carcassonne with only nine players when this year they won the comp; to be fair Justin Morgan got them on the front foot in 2005 but their Championship stay across the Channel later unproductive. Last year when they hosted the Catalan-Hull KR game before 14,000 something else changed too.

 

Top flight league is in the shadows of Soccer wherever it's played, but since it repositioned itself in the summer it's not as "head to head" with Union and it competes professionally in it's own market on a low budget salary cap, and can attract crowds in traditional areas because it is an attractive game played at professional level.

 

Around the Manchester conurbation there's room for Wigan RL and Sale RU and two big Soccer clubs. I just hope Toulouse get into Superleague as whilst their potential to be a big club in soccer or union is not there, they don't have a long way to go to rub shoulders with the best RL pro clubs Europe has. 

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The Mairie de Toulouse is 100% behind their RL club so much so they are sanctioning the renovation works at Les Minimes - They are doing their bit for the big SL push.

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Top flight league is in the shadows of Soccer wherever it's played, but since it repositioned itself in the summer it's not as "head to head" with Union and it competes professionally in it's own market on a low budget salary cap, and can attract crowds in traditional areas because it is an attractive game played at professional level.

 

Around the Manchester conurbation there's room for Wigan RL and Sale RU and two big Soccer clubs. I just hope Toulouse get into Superleague as whilst their potential to be a big club in soccer or union is not there, they don't have a long way to go to rub shoulders with the best RL pro clubs Europe has. 

 

Dr Khoukash wants a word with you ! Dissing Salford as a SL team again.

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I admit I have often wondered what place rugby league has in Toulouse. They're more often than not in the very long shadows of Stade Toulousain and Toulouse FC and may be even the cities Handball team. But this past week feted by the civic authorities and as seen here welcomed on Place du Capitole in the very heart of France's 4th biggest city in celebration of the clubs unique cup-league double after 77 years of trying. Its an image taking some believing.

I can remember them some years back when their U21s arrived at Carcassonne with only nine players when this year they won the comp; to be fair Justin Morgan got them on the front foot in 2005 but their Championship stay across the Channel later unproductive. Last year when they hosted the Catalan-Hull KR game before 14,000 something else changed too.

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I'm trying to understand the point of this post, it seems a bit cryptic.

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I'm trying to understand the point of this post, it seems a bit cryptic.

The answer is in the first sentence.

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Amazing picture. Go Toulouse!

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I'm trying to understand the point of this post, it seems a bit cryptic.

 

Place du Capitole is not any old local square; its an iconic land mark in the whole of France attracting hundreds of thousands of people local & overseas; its the heart beat of the city To have TOXIII having a presence there even if for just a week or so says something still about rugby league in France and that location can have significant benefits.

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Toulouse for super league!!!

Indeed, if ever there was a case for expansion it's got to be Toulouse. We can't let this opportunity slip through our hands like we did with Wales after the 95' world cup.

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Indeed, if ever there was a case for expansion it's got to be Toulouse. We can't let this opportunity slip through our hands like we did with Wales after the 95' world cup.

 

So stick 'em in SL2 where the odds are stacked so heavily against them and watch the good work unravel.

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So stick 'em in SL2 where the odds are stacked so heavily against them and watch the good work unravel.

Good idea - that will guarantee failure. Serve 'em right eh?

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I admit I have often wondered what place rugby league has in Toulouse. They're more often than not in the very long shadows of Stade Toulousain and Toulouse FC and may be even the cities Handball team. But this past week feted by the civic authorities and as seen here welcomed on Place du Capitole in the very heart of France's 4th biggest city in celebration of the clubs unique cup-league double after 77 years of trying. Its an image taking some believing.

 

I can remember them some years back when their U21s arrived at Carcassonne with only nine players when this year they won the comp; to be fair Justin Morgan got them on the front foot in 2005 but their Championship stay across the Channel later unproductive. Last year when they hosted the Catalan-Hull KR game before 14,000 something else changed too.

capitole_zps839c1653.jpg

Nothing cryptic-in Toulouse you literally hang out the banner at the town hall a la revolution!-everything happens in the Capitole !-better than Vesail

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Thanks Audois, seeing that photo has lifted my spirits today. 

 

I have just looked on wikipedia and they say Toulouse has a population of 1.2 million.

 

I am starting to believe in the Toulouse for SL project and the local derby with Catalan would be a passionate 'must see'.

 

I'm getting carried away now. Sorry I should know better. 

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Toulouse-Catalans would be so much appreciable for us in any way! But he would be a kick-ass match at Magic Weekend. Let it be RFL, let it be !

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i would love to see Toulouse in Super League, the benefits to the game would be enormous. A 14 team Super league with 2 French clubs gauranteed should have been the way forward sometime ago.

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Toulouse-Catalans would be so much appreciable for us in any way! But he would be a kick-ass match at Magic Weekend. Let it be RFL, let it be !

True enough but maybe any TO13 v Cats 'derby' at the Magic Weekend would be best played on neutral french soil where a reasonable crowd may be expected, say at Avignon or Montpellier ?

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True enough but maybe any TO13 v Cats 'derby' at the Magic Weekend would be best played on neutral french soil where a reasonable crowd may be expected, say at Avignon or Montpellier ?

 

Either that or aim for Paris even, try to garner some national recognition...it would certainly be a mistake to drag them over to Manchester or wherever for little increase in attendance.

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Either that or aim for Paris even, try to garner some national recognition...it would certainly be a mistake to drag them over to Manchesteror wherever for little increase in attendance.

Except for a Grand Final if course ;)

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True enough but maybe any TO13 v Cats 'derby' at the Magic Weekend would be best played on neutral french soil where a reasonable crowd may be expected, say at Avignon or Montpellier ?

 

Stade Velodrome,  Marseille Magic  :D

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Stade Velodrome,  Marseille Magic  :D

Could do a lot worse. Marseilles has a proud XIII tradition with a french championship plus cup wins under their belt. The club packed in a few years back with financial problems but reformed (Avenir 13) with talk of them expanding to the LER. Loads of support in the area and decent road links would make it  a viable venue for a big game, even international level.

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Plenty room for as many french clubs as we want, in 2 professional leagues of ten as long as they can afford it,the same as all the other clubs.

 

Toulouse have talked the talk for 3 or 4 years now,maybe it would help them move forward with the cynics if they started to name tv companies and businessess who will be backing them should they enter the professional game

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Could do a lot worse. Marseilles has a proud XIII tradition with a french championship plus cup wins under their belt. The club packed in a few years back with financial problems but reformed (Avenir 13) with talk of them expanding to the LER. Loads of support in the area and decent road links would make it  a viable venue for a big game, even international level.

 

Nice. If there was a potential third team in SL after Toulouse, then Marseille would be ideal. 

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