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  1. the icing on the cake a second club in the Super League would increase the number of professional French players and therefore the French national team could be more competitive and this could serve the English interests
  2. He would deserve a journalistic award for his work. He was the only one who really did his job. The other journalists were content to relay the information from Canada without ever seeking to investigate, and taking everything at face value. this is our first whistleblower! I hope that the lesson is retained and that we will have the right to real journalistic investigations on the new owner and his entourage as well as his links with David Argyle.
  3. I don't know if you've followed the news in France a bit. During the general assembly of the French rugby league federation, the clubs voted for the creation of a national center (field, gymnasium, place of accommodation, etc.) which will be managed by the federation with employees (technical employee , physical trainer, cook etc) Construction should and soon begin, it will be located in Alzonne in the suburb of Carcassonne and can be used by French teams, clubs, but can also be rented to other (English) teams who request it . The cost of this project is 6 million euros. If at the beginning the financing scared many French Treizists, they were reassured during the assembly by a financial package with a lot of help from French local authorities (State, Region, Department etc.)
  4. This limits certain excesses in football. In addition there is an independent supervisory board to judge the financial condition of clubs and without guarantee a club can be demoted.
  5. in France when a professional club has to be bought, the new owner must show guarantees and there is an investigation into him and the origin of the funds. Despite this, mafia or fantasy can buy clubs and use them. Argyle's departure may be a chance to start again on a healthier basis. I hope the new owner will not hide and that we will know his true fortune.
  6. his profile on a social network : https://www.wecannect.com/profiles/dustin-koffler-2319
  7. It is above all a commercial argument aimed at the local population. The majority of supporters and spectators come from outside this Catalan area. the club is financially supported by the Department, the Region and national sponsors.
  8. these remarks between solidarity and expansion are correct, however the RFL and its clubs must define a real policy with guidelines. Development in America is sporting, economic and of course ecological nonsense. In addition, tactically opening a second expansionist front without having reaped the fruits of the first is illogical and dangerous. Whether we like it or not Toronto and Toulouse are direct competitors, and I think having a nation like France competitive is more important for our sport than having a possible prospect of development in North America.
  9. North American projects if you prefer. I never said toronto didn't go past 5,000, just that the average was around 5,000 more than 8,000. I watched a few games and highlights from Toronto. There were clearly instructions not to take a wide shot. The photos used for communication were carefully chosen. This is not a critique of this perfect communication just an analysis. You defend your club, that's fine, but you also have to accept that other, more neutral spectators will move the debate forward. I am also awaiting your point of view on the statements of Kallum Watkins' wife." is currently facing a lawsuit in Canada over alleged unpaid bills and has previously faced legal action over moneys owed and claims from other creditors." Last year the club also had money problems. Personally I think that the economic model of this club was too fragile and dependent on a single person whose financial means we do not really know.
  10. I mainly bring a different point of view. Toronto was in direct competition with Toulouse but also other clubs like London Featherstone, Leigh which represented more guarantee. personally I preferred to see a Super League with two French clubs, a club from Cumbria etc rather than American clubs whose projects are not realistic. I maintain that other than a few bits of information here and there, there was no serious journalistic investigation into Toronto.
  11. Will the English journalists so quick to make promotional reports about this club finally make a real investigation into the Toronto Wolfpacks, their owners and their links with the leaders of the RFL who accepted them in the Super League?
  12. I maintain that the crowds were exaggerated to serve as an argument and legitimize the project. Oriented shots, choice of camera layout, well-orchestrated communication. Everything was done to give the impression that the club was breaking records ... It was very good attendance (probably around 5000) with free entries, shows around with the famous beer garden but we are far from the 8000 spectators on average.
  13. the Dragons have a history, a viable economic model with many sponsors and the French public authorities with them, a real audience, French players, a rugby school, an identity etc etc. To believe that we can build a club with millions of dollars is a huge mistake. I hope that the leaders of the RFL will come back to reality and give Toulouse a chance, which is definitely the best candidate to develop the sport both in France and in England with a real derby and the possibility of having a deal with French TV.
  14. I would like to be able to read an article with real journalistic work on Toronto: who is David Argyle, what financial means does he have? Who does he rely on to manage the club? why so much change at the head of the club? The real crowds, the number of paying spectators, the contracts with the players, the recruitment strategy, the financial difficulties already encountered. What links in Canada? In England ? etc etc there are so many questions never addressed ...
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