Thing Is Chris the people at RedHall have a long history of "Messing Up" and only really admit to things when they are caught out.
I have no doubt in my mind that Toulouse believe that they did not have to win a GF and I have no doubt it was someone at Red Hall that told them.
Read Terry's post again, " A senior official confirmed this to be true "
what more do you want - are you so naive to believe that the RFL are not capable of this , because every other RL fan knows they are
thank you for a civil response. I read the story in LE and it seemed odd to me. I rang the head of media at the RFL: John Ledger, as I said it's his department and the buck stops with him, so he was the person to talk to. I wanted to hear it from the horses mouth, not rumour, not hysteria.
John told me that Toulouse would have to qualify via a GF same as other clubs, and that there were conditions that Olympique had to fulfil over and above what UK clubs had to fulfil. I asked him how the story had come about and he mentioned issues regarding translation.
I've known John for years. I like him and believe him not to be a liar. If that is being naive, then I'm happy to be naive.
All I did was try to be helpful to people who were concerned about the story. I don't take part in what passes for discussion on this 'forum', but do pass on information from time to time: the last time was to dispel a rumour about the club's matchday programme, same with this.
I'll know better in future. I didn't have to bother and now wish I hadn't.