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  1. Didn't France football win world/european competitions with a lot of players playing overseas. The treize looking towards that too maybe. Miloudi and Springer at TWP, Fages, Escare et al across the Channel professionals. Another out- let across the Atalntic beckoning and with an experienced French coach incharge. Dragons and TO at home growing together year by year. How we missed out that double-header at Stade Ernest Wallon in May. Elite 1 getting ready for a November 1st start. You would like to think for the younger and ambitious players playing at that level would jump at chances playing overseas out of season. Ottawa would be attractive surely following on those two teenagers from Limoux and Albi who took up that fortnight youth camp at Melbourne Storm earlier in the year.
  2. Reported in local paper yesterday that the Dragons will play a home game at Gilbert Brutus on Saturday 8th August presumably infront of 5000 spectators.
  3. I thought that USAP the union club favoured more by the town council than the Dragons. On the other hand the 'département' Pyrénées-Orientales' (pop 475,000) closer to the rugby league club. No full time soccer clubs of note in this part of the world helps too. Other than the club shop and of late the restaurant everyting else has been locked down since middle of March. Think that over the last few weeks groups of players have been getting together away from Gilbert Brutus for training. Yesterday's local paper indicates that the fixture lists should be announced by next weekend. Full contact training at Brutus to commence next week 1st/2nd July.
  4. Near €2 Million given by the town council to the 2 local professional rugby clubs to share. €900,000 for the Dragons it seems - with also a promise to help develop ground improvements. 80-100 people employed at the clubs.
  5. Is there no way for semi - professional clubs both sides of Channel to meet up?
  6. Not as the Donkeys of yester years but as the Barouders. Pia of old threw in the towel some years back after a fall out with the Federation . They had been prominent in Elite 1 at the time.Got promition last year into Elite 2 but in 2021 could be heading up further. The announcement of the signing of St Esteves centre Thomas Ambert indicates their aspirations. The 30 yr old centre was in Dragons reseve team who won Elite 1 Championship last year. He ’s spent the last few years as one of the experienced players helping the youngsters develop. For Ambert it’a return home to his roots, their stadium was named after his grand father.
  7. At least getting their Brassiere open from tomorrow. Led by former player Julien Touxagas (who can ever forget his length of the field try in Cardiff against the London Broncos). Opening hours lunch time Mon-Fri starting to bring in the much needed euros.
  8. ....plus this weekend could have seen a near 18,000 crowd in Toulouse for double-header Catalans-Leeds and TO-London Broncos. Hopefully next year.
  9. August 2018 50,000 Wembley Catalans make history taking the Challenge cup across the Channel. June 2019 31,555 Camp Nou Barcelona Catalans create a record Superleague regular season crowd. January 2020 in the Aude Carcassonne and Lezignan attract nearly 10,000 supporters.
  10. I see other relaxations in this Phase 2 includes gyms so the Dragons can once again access the weights room at Gilbert Brutus. From 2nd June it appears professional sports teams can recommence training but without contact. If all goes well it seems that full contact could be introduced as part of Phase 3 which will be looked at on 22nd June - 6 weeks before the possible August SL start.
  11. Steve McNamara due back this week from lockdown in Hull. The club administration not yet back in place - maybe return 1st June. Been announced that four youngsters from the reserve team will be added to the Dragons squad when training recommences. Mathieu Cozza, Corentin Le Cam, Joe Chan and Mathieu Laguerre. Tom Davies and Sam Moa too are expected to be available after long term injuries. I hear that Stade Toulousain have started training for Top 14 season so one imagines Catalans should be OK in the next few weeks - all being well.
  12. Saturday 1st August in front of 5000 at Stade Gilbert Brutus. Is that right? Prime Minster announced today Phase 2 of the 'deconfinement'. An end to the maximum 100km for journeys as of 2 June. Cafés, bars and restaurants in most of the country designated green, will reopen on 2 June. No more than 10 people at a table and 1m distance between tables. Kitchen and restaurant staff must wear masks. Establishments in orange areas will only be able to reopen terraces. Secondary schools and lycées in green areas to reopen all classes, but retaining health measures including a maximum 15 pupils per class. In orange areas most classes will remain closed until September. France’s external borders will remain closed until 15 June when it is hoped they can reopen to EU nationals in coordination with other EU27 states. The general opening of borders to non EU nationals will be decided in coordination with EU27. France will impose a reciprocal quarantine on nationals arriving in France that impose quarantine on French citizens. Parks and gardens as well as lakes and beches to open across France from 2 June. Camping sites, holiday villages, gites and other auberges can open in green areas from 2 June and in orange areas from 22 June. In green areas, theatres, gyms, sports halls, swimming pools, leisure parks. No more than 5,000 people at events. In orange ares, the above an only open on 22 June.
  13. This was the Widnes side 1962. The Chemics of my teenage years. 9 local lads here led by our late hero Frank Myler. I'm not sure that season was when Naughton Park recorded its record crowd of around 24,000 for a midweek Challenge Cup replay against Saints. 5-5 at Knowsley Road in the rain. Alex Murphy couldn't play because of RAF duties first up. But days later on a firm Widnes field he ran riot. The outsiders in this picture were winger Chisnall sgned from Wigan but a St Helens lad as was full back Pimblett. Loose forward Major I think from Warrigton area and later signed for St Helens. Scrum half Keaveney was a transfer record signing from Salford (£4,000). His debut was in an 'A' team game midweek which drew more than 3,000. A fine player with a great side step from whatI I remember. The Chemics struggled in the years I started following them. They did reach a Lancashire Cup Final four years earlier losing to Leigh. Gates generally around the 3,500 dependant on big games when Wire and Wigan hosted. Our big break through came though two years later when the iconic Karalius brought the Challenge Cup home for the first time since before the Second World War. Myler played centre at Wembley against Hull KR and the only other players from the photograph here to feature were Chisnall and Thompson.
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