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As I've said lots of times let's hope lattes-montpellier get a team on the field, in their first season they cancelled a few games and played lots of the others with 13/14 players, they've moved up a division and the difference in level is massive, plus they've not signed many players except a couple of English lads, 

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1 minute ago, barnyia said:

As I've said lots of times let's hope lattes-montpellier get a team on the field, in their first season they cancelled a few games and played lost of the others with 13/14 players, they've moved up a division and the difference in level is massive, plus they've not signed many players except a couple of English lads, 

Where are the English lads from ?

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4 minutes ago, barnyia said:

Kieran‘s originally from south Wales, can play back row or half back. Good kid, very physical. Elite 2 will be a good test for him. 

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On 09/08/2021 at 14:15, newbe said:

I think there was mistakes on both sides, no Paris now but S/L, RFL do seem making the same mistakes with expansion. What would have happened if Paris had worked. Barcelona could have been in the mix.

IIRC the original talk of SL had Paris, Barcelona and Milan from the start. PSG did make some mistakes but compared with those from the RFL then these were minimal. Can give many examples but will refrain as they may identify the sources. However, prime example is the management team RFL installed for second season after Jacques Fouroux as this is open info and shows the level of knowledge at RFL!

My wife complains I selfishly stop her fulfilling her true ambition -

she really wants to be a rich widow

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See that Joan Guasch son of Bernard has left Champions Lezignan for Elite 2 at Baho who will be coached by Jamal Fakir. Bizarre in the Catalan area presently with so many players dropping down to Elite 2. Baho and Pia in particularly look strong.

The thing with Elite 1 is the top 6 sides are very competitive at the moment as the play offs showed last season. I think Albi will be stronger next time round. The young promising half back Fabre back in contention I hear. TO Elite 1 should continue to improve under Sebastien Raguin too. A bit of a worry around St Gaudens - hopefully though their new owner will  improve things.

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"It involves matters much greater than drafting the new rules...the original and existing games have their own powerful appeal to their players and public and have the sentiments which history inspires"  - Harold 'Jersey' Flegg 1933

"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."  - Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959

Si tu( Remi Casty) devais envoyer un fax au Président Guasch? " Un grand bravo pour ce que vous avez fait,et merci de m 'avoir embarqué dans cette aventure"

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On 14/08/2021 at 18:30, BJW said:

IIRC the original talk of SL had Paris, Barcelona and Milan from the start. PSG did make some mistakes but compared with those from the RFL then these were minimal. Can give many examples but will refrain as they may identify the sources. However, prime example is the management team RFL installed for second season after Jacques Fouroux as this is open info and shows the level of knowledge at RFL!

Milan? Seriously? 

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21 hours ago, Eddie said:

Milan? Seriously? 

May have been Rome but certainly Italian team. Was asked off the record if interested as wife fluent in Italian but never heard anything back. Though given some of the other proposals (Merging on the Ridiculous?) and what happened to those . . . . . 

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1 hour ago, BJW said:

May have been Rome but certainly Italian team. Was asked off the record if interested as wife fluent in Italian but never heard anything back. Though given some of the other proposals (Merging on the Ridiculous?) and what happened to those . . . . . 

They could get all the lads who do that fighting football thing in Florence to make up a team, purple kit and play at Fiorentina’s ground - straight into the Championship. Hope that’s ridiculous enough. 

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See that Amine Miloudi has joined up with Elite 2 Ille-sur-Tet for the new season. He was with his older brother Hakim at Palau last season. They certainly get around! Hakim presently with Barrow and previously at Carcassonne, Hull FC, Toronto and Doncaster. Amine is a talented lad and should do well up the Tet river. Hope he sticks at it. With the Margelet brothers back home from champions  Lezignan too - on board will be one to look out for in a promising Elite 2 competition.

Hearing that Greg Bird will be assisting  at Elite 2 Baho for the time being too. With the likes of Bird and Maloney getting involved - a lift for the French game.

 

 

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"It involves matters much greater than drafting the new rules...the original and existing games have their own powerful appeal to their players and public and have the sentiments which history inspires"  - Harold 'Jersey' Flegg 1933

"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."  - Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959

Si tu( Remi Casty) devais envoyer un fax au Président Guasch? " Un grand bravo pour ce que vous avez fait,et merci de m 'avoir embarqué dans cette aventure"

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See the Federation now looking at promoting three Elite 2 sides next year to get to the 12 that they're after. That would leave second division to 10 clubs. But the hope is that two sides from the third tier would also move up to see a 12 side Elite 2. Fingers crossed.

Pia, Ille-sur-Tet and Baho from the Catalan region could well be in the mix.

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"It involves matters much greater than drafting the new rules...the original and existing games have their own powerful appeal to their players and public and have the sentiments which history inspires"  - Harold 'Jersey' Flegg 1933

"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."  - Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959

Si tu( Remi Casty) devais envoyer un fax au Président Guasch? " Un grand bravo pour ce que vous avez fait,et merci de m 'avoir embarqué dans cette aventure"

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France v England 100% confirmed Perpignan October 23rd had a call from Luc yesterday.

Meeting today to confirm TV looks like BEIN SPORT in France with SKY SPORTS doing a delayed telecast (According to those on the ground in France) however I fully expect SKY SPORTS to broadcast the match LIVE.

 

So all moving forward down there, am back next week after 2 days watching some proper Cricket at Canterbury Monday/Tuesday:)

 

Paul

 

 

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10 hours ago, audois said:

See that Amine Miloudi has joined up with Elite 2 Ille-sur-Tet for the new season. He was with his older brother Hakim at Palau last season. They certainly get around! Hakim presently with Barrow and previously at Carcassonne, Hull FC, Toronto and Doncaster. Amine is a talented lad and should do well up the Tet river. Hope he sticks at it. With the Margelet brothers back home from champions  Lezignan too - on board will be one to look out for in a promising Elite 2 competition.

Hearing that Greg Bird will be assisting  at Elite 

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Has anyone noticed Greg Birds tee shirt, (Johnny Cash) ^^^^^

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Appears Gadwin Springer is returning to France and joining Villeneuve for the new season. The Aquitaine club though could be losing the services of Stan Robin who wants to re-locate to the Perpignan region.

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"It involves matters much greater than drafting the new rules...the original and existing games have their own powerful appeal to their players and public and have the sentiments which history inspires"  - Harold 'Jersey' Flegg 1933

"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."  - Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959

Si tu( Remi Casty) devais envoyer un fax au Président Guasch? " Un grand bravo pour ce que vous avez fait,et merci de m 'avoir embarqué dans cette aventure"

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On 03/09/2021 at 13:52, audois said:

See the Federation now looking at promoting three Elite 2 sides next year to get to the 12 that they're after. That would leave second division to 10 clubs. But the hope is that two sides from the third tier would also move up to see a 12 side Elite 2. Fingers crossed.

Pia, Ille-sur-Tet and Baho from the Catalan region could well be in the mix.

Any further news on this @audois, or anyone else? I have googled but as I only got a grade B GCSE French in the mid 90s and have forgotten half of that I haven’t had much luck. 
 

I think the three you mentioned are all very close to Perpignan? It would be nice to see one or two of the teams from a wider area considered, if they were ready, to give it a broader spread - one of the teams nearer Albi or Avignon? 

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1 hour ago, audois said:

Appears Gadwin Springer is returning to France and joining Villeneuve for the new season. The Aquitaine club though could be losing the services of Stan Robin who wants to re-locate to the Perpignan region.

This is disappointing.  I thought he was a decent lad.   I think if he had stayed at Catalans he would be a regular now.  Hopefully he can find a way back to the pro game via VSL.

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Pia, ille and especially Baho have squads that would hold their own in elite 1, it's the 20000 euros to just to play in the league that puts teams off, no prize money etc, Villefranche have a decent team with top quality foreigners, villeghailanc are the reserve of Carcassonne so will use their squad players so will be a good team, Lyon will struggle but they're building for the future, no real news from Toulon, 4 Brits have arrived for Montpellier sharks and a Georgian should be arriving soon. Gratentour is a new team at this level but hopefully will win a couple of games, salon have been quiet about recruitment. Carpentras always have a solid team, But I can't see anyone really challenging the three Catalan teams 

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