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Avignon really making a statement this year

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Thrashed Toulouse this afternoon 64-6, now top of the league unbeaten. They're now playing at the SL standard Parc des Sports stadium. You can really see that they're pushing for a Championship place. Best of luck with that, I think we'll really see what they're made of when they play Lezignan. 

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41 minutes ago, barnyia said:

They've already beaten lezignan at lezignan,  they've two very good imports! 

Lezignan have since made a few big signings including Pellisier so might be tougher next time round. 

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Do people think that having Avignon in the RFL Championship could be a good thing for French rugby league?

It would probably pillage the French Elite of some of its best players. On the other hand you would have many more French players learning to play against strong competition. Who knows, Avignon could eventually be promoted to Super League to follow in the footsteps of Toulouse.

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10 minutes ago, Manfred Mann said:

Do people think that having Avignon in the RFL Championship could be a good thing for French rugby league?

It would probably pillage the French Elite of some of its best players. On the other hand you would have many more French players learning to play against strong competition. Who knows, Avignon could eventually be promoted to Super League to follow in the footsteps of Toulouse.

Wouldn’t the best thing to do all round would be to allow French teams into our leagues from expansion areas like Marseille, Lyon, Paris and Bordeaux etc?

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1 hour ago, walter sobchak said:

Wouldn’t the best thing to do all round would be to allow French teams into our leagues from expansion areas like Marseille, Lyon, Paris and Bordeaux etc?

Paris should be a priority for development, because it is the capital and the centre of finance and media. But Avignon already has a team and a decent stadium ready to go now. It is only a question of financial backing. Avignon is far better prepared  to join the RFL system than Paris at this time.

Moreover, until there is a momentum created by three French teams in Super League, with regular weekly TV coverage in France, I don't think we can attract a rich backer/consortium to fund a Paris team. Having Catalans, Toulouse and Avignon  -- three geographically separated segments of southern France -- in Super League, would make a Paris franchise much more attractive to someone. After that Paris team becomes a reality, it will in turn become easier to attract backers for Lyon, and either Marseille or Bordeaux, to make a 6 team French conference in Super League.

Having Toronto and New York in Super League is also going to make a Paris franchise more attractive in France.

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To make matters worse for Toulouse, their changing room was broken into after halftime with most of the players losing their mobile phones, money & various items of clothing!

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Some really good positive news coming out of Avignon/France,

somehow the French Elite league needs to be part of the pyramid system, on a par with

league 1 and open to any ambitious non French European  teams,

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