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  1. Go back a decade or more and French half backs were rare in Elite 1. Today is a sea change starting with Fages at St Helens. Gigot and Escare have played these roles too previously. Now behind them the likes of Albert and Mourgue at the Dragons and Robin at Toulouse. Younger again we hear about Rouge from Limoux making his Elite debut this past weekend. Another teenager Bravo from Carpentras was announced at both Catalans and Toulouse close season but seems to have stayed up in Provence for the time being. The reports coming out of St Esteve talk of the impression being made by the young forwards there. Week after week now a trio of Le Cam, Cozza and Salabiou are raising their games
  2. Avignon 32-12 Albi Carcassonne 18-24 Limoux St Gaudens 16-30 Villeneuve/Lot Toulouse Olympique 12-70 Lezignan Palau 26-30 St Esteve The Aude derby was a real feisty affair, A blow-up in the openng minutes and ditto to finish it off half a-dozen yellow cards at least. In between lots to admire. First quarter of an hour nip and tuck with a couple of penalties for the visitors, The Canaris seemed to be too strong done the middle and dominated. Alberola’s side made it tell big style leading into the break with the coach’s son Alexis having a hand in two of the three tries racked-up and converting all three.18-4 and the comps leaders offering nothing ball in hand. What a turn round though. The hosts lost the momentum and shape - not helped by indiscipline too, The Grizzlies clue less early came to life. The stand off Shaun Nona is a catch for them and he came into his own to turn everything round ; four unanswered tries was the out come including one from 17 yr old scrum half Cesar Rouge who toured New Zealand recently with Tricolores U19s. One to look out for. Elsewhere Avignon behind at the break roared away to a convincing victory over Albi.Villeneuve disappointing last time out at Limoux too strong winning well up in Pyrenees at St Gaudens. Toulouse having a struggle after their virus problems and will need to wait for helping hand when their Championship squad concludes their pre-season training. Again chuffed to see Palau give last years Champions St Esteve a run for their money in the Catalan derby.
  3. Good news then. Only Limoux now to be sorted in the Aude.
  4. See that they've put up new floodlights at Stade Moulin in Lezignan. Are they only for training purposes (900 lux)?
  5. Alan - is there a new ruling that only 3 overseas players out of the 17 on match day? Interesting that McNamara is bringing the Dragons squad down on 5 January. They should do more of that. Still good to see Carcassonne hosting the Toulouse Olympique game In January too. The English coach getting the squad around at the moment. Changing the scene every week. Down on the coast at Argeles Thursday. Last week descending from the high peaks stop over at Ille sur Tet (birth place of Jean Galia). Cabestany and Toulouges have been visited too with supporters and school groups involved.
  6. Would be good to get Villefranche back-up. They have been there before. Offer expansion into the Aveyron region north of Albi too. They were Elite 2 Champions in 2017 and are presently league leaders. They declined the promotion last time I think because of money issues. Toulouse Broncos let slip a 18-6 lead yesterday. Young group of players and first run out against a team who ran Albi close the week before. But the big news is they're back home at their old stamping ground at Minimes!
  7. At last – with all five fixtures fulfilled this weekend. Toulouse reserves ‘the Broncos’ at last started this afternoon after two no-goes because of a virus issue and Avignon last weekend had floods. Round 3 Limoux 30-8 Villeneuve/Lot St Esteve 22-18 Avignon Carcassonne 24-14 Palau Albi 37-22 Lezignan Toulouse Broncos 18-28 St Gaudens Wandered down to Domec last evening to see the Canaris taking on the Catalan minnows of Palau. Wasn’t disappointed too by the fare on offer. Didn’t look too good early doors as the locals plundered two converted tries in the opening ten with Garry Lo just back from PNG and their win over the GB Lions - running amok. It looked like the heavier hosts pack would be just too strong especially as the visitors lacked new signing Jamil Fakir up-front. But they stuck to their guns and worked their socks off. Coach Olivier Elima I reckon doing a fine job down there and now he has former Kangaroo Rodney Howe in support. Well organised and committed. Young full back Castany was excellent for them too getting them down field and two unanswered tries saw them back in contention by the break 12-10. Nip and tuck after the oranges as the unfancied Catalans grew in confidence. Still only18-14 deficit on the hour mark but when Castany was carried off injured late on they lost their way a bit. Still if sides like Palau (2 bonus points so far) can continue to perform like Saturday the competition will only be the better for it. After 3 Rounds then only Limoux undefeated and one team without a win. All the sides have picked up at least one bonus point. USC and the Pro 16 has its say but the treize with advertising like this will still have its place
  8. McNamara has a squad of 27 players. Keeping some places open for lads in the reserve team I think. Gavin Marguerite from TO seems to be on board now . The 23 yr old centre/wing was one of the few players who showed-up for France on the recent Australian tour.
  9. Leading into the Friday launch the Dragons have headed into hills for an altitude camp. The boss Bernard talking with Macca and then grilling some steaks. After the hiking part taking to the waters to finish things off.
  10. On Friday at nearby St Esteve. Squad numbers to be announced and the new jerseys on show.Good to see also the recognition of earlier teams successes. Former players from both XIII Catalan and St Esteve to be presented covering four decades. Great to see.
  11. Saw him on TV last weekend playing for Bordeaux against Wasps. But last November in Paris against France the hosts couldn't handle him.
  12. Has passed away aged 90 yrs. I saw him playing for France at Knowsley Road against a Rugby League XIII in November 1958. The home side fielded Bevan and Vollenhoven on the wings and an all-Yorkshire pack with a prop from York called Vic Yorke. I had never seen anything like it before. How they looked and the way they played. A three-quarter line of Voron/Jiminez/Carrere/Savonne ran rings round the hosts winning 26-8.Jiminez was capped 32 times in that great epoch for the Tricolores and was their skipper in Australia on the 1960 Tour were they shared the Test series. He played for Villeneuve/Lot and later became the Federations first ever Technical Director 1960-78. Remembered him wearing a distinctive white head band that day at St Helens. Wonderful memories.
  13. Corentin Le Cam scored two tries. The giant with choir boy look - earlier a line-outer at the XV as well as a basketball player. Good hands and reads the game well. Can he go all the way? 4 excellent encounters I think especially as few of the teams hadn't played any warm-up games. All four losers picked up the defensive bonus point. In two of the games no points recorded in the first-half hour. Yesterday Villeneuves/Lot's Australian recruit Schaumkel showed his worth on debut scoring a try early on always looked a threat. Coach Devecchi was pleased with his halves Godinet and Wall. The former ex-Wakefield player was there last-term and now in tandem with the Australian Wall who was at St Gaudens last season.Plus they've got last years outstanding full back Lasvenes returning from Limoux . USV and Albi made-up the last qualifying places in 2019. I think they could be up there again - even more so which would be good for the comp.FCL and Carcassonne will have their overseas players available soon too. A good start I reckon.
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