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5 hours ago, kiggy said:

 

He had his best season by far last year. He was extremely fit and switched on, having Casty and Garbutt around him made him raise his game even more. He also brought more to the team than "just" a player. 

I doubt many SL supporters would have seen much Championship rugby, but when you watch a guy week in week out you get to know what they are about. 

Is he (was he) a SL player ? In my mind yes, absolutely. However, it's a moot point as we will never know now.

He really was a talisman. Not seeing Kheirallah and Ford test themselves in Super League is a big disappointment.

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6 hours ago, kiggy said:

Is he (was he) a SL player ? In my mind yes, absolutely. However, it's a moot point as we will never know now.

I think he would have been targeted in SL both with and without the ball in his hand and I don't think that would suit his game, I am sure in the 10 years he has even in France he would have had the opportunity to test himself at a higher grade, choosing not to do so says something to me about his character.

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9 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

... I am sure in the 10 years he has even in France he would have had the opportunity to test himself at a higher grade, choosing not to do so says something to me about his character.

It probably does. But not necessarily in a negative way. Rugby just might not be his highest priority.

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Looks like Ford is fishing around for a job and open to any offers:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/johnathon-ford-super-league-toulouse-23242574

At 32 and with his image somewhat tarnished I seriously doubt we'll see him back in British RL at any level, almost zero chance of joining a SL club.

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7 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

Looks like Ford is fishing around for a job and open to any offers:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/johnathon-ford-super-league-toulouse-23242574

At 32 and with his image somewhat tarnished I seriously doubt we'll see him back in British RL at any level, almost zero chance of joining a SL club.

Imo both Keirallah and Ford have made a mistake.  Keirallah tried to come back but Houles wasn’t having any of it.  Ford made his own decision and now he has to look after his own interests.

FWIW, I think Keirallah would have been a threat but Ford a liability at this level.

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4 hours ago, Whippet13 said:

Looks like Ford is fishing around for a job and open to any offers:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/johnathon-ford-super-league-toulouse-23242574

At 32 and with his image somewhat tarnished I seriously doubt we'll see him back in British RL at any level, almost zero chance of joining a SL club.

I like his optimism but I doubt any Super League club would take him. Cornwall are still recruiting, he’d be a decent signing for them.

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13 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

I think he would have been targeted in SL both with and without the ball in his hand and I don't think that would suit his game, I am sure in the 10 years he has even in France he would have had the opportunity to test himself at a higher grade, choosing not to do so says something to me about his character.

Yeah,he preferred the lifestyle/climate/culture the South of France offered him & his family maybe.

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44 minutes ago, Davo5 said:

Yeah,he preferred the lifestyle/climate/culture the South of France offered him & his family maybe.

I would have swapped my meagre existence for such circumstances, but the mentality of sportsmen is somewhat different - so I'm told - in that they desire to achieve to test themselves with and against the best, so put in perspective he leaves Aus after playing 3 games, played in the French domestic comp for 4 years, then the second division of the British RL system, as I said I suspect that days something about his character.

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21 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

I think he would have been targeted in SL both with and without the ball in his hand and I don't think that would suit his game, I am sure in the 10 years he has even in France he would have had the opportunity to test himself at a higher grade, choosing not to do so says something to me about his character.

You are saying he is a coward then..fair enough. 

For what it's worth I disagree, I've only been part of his journey for 6 years, but I saw someone who could make a huge difference on the pitch and was not afraid to out his body on the line.

I categorically disagree with with his antivax stance, but i would absolutely defend his right to that point of view.

That to me shows his true character.

His views coupled with the new French government rules has ruled him out. So be it.

It's sad that the pass sanitaire will be redundant in the next couple of months but the likes of Ford and Kheirallah, will have been moved on, and it's up to TO to make the best of it without them.

Oh, and looking at the level of referring this season, with the rules protecting players, nobody would be "targeting" him long after the 2nd game (if you had watched much of TO you would realise how much he has been targeted..he gets hit he gets up again) , not unless they want to spend 10 minutes in the sin bin... or worse... he would have shone. 

But, as I have said before, it's a moot point.

 

 

 

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I read today that the rumours are that here in France the Vaccine pass will be made redundant on the 14th March.  

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Yes which means I had my third dose for nothing!!!!! Well I suppose I was able to keep going into places for an extra month!!!!! Gutted I had it now! 

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It's definitely happening on the 14th march, coincidentally it was announced a couple of hours before macron announced he's going to run in the presidential elections again, 

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14 hours ago, barnyia said:

It's definitely happening on the 14th march, coincidentally it was announced a couple of hours before macron announced he's going to run in the presidential elections again, 

Pure coincidence I'm sure. 

Anyway good to see the unravelling of some authoritarian measures. Now to resolve those further east

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Hopefully the close loss to Wigan will be the start of better things for Toulouse. They played well. 

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3 hours ago, RL Sonja said:

Hopefully the close loss to Wigan will be the start of better things for Toulouse. They played well. 

Hopefully they take heart from a good performance rather than dropping their heads because they put in so much and came up empty handed. These things can work either way.

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9 minutes ago, MZH said:

Hopefully they take heart from a good performance rather than dropping their heads because they put in so much and came up empty handed. These things can work either way.

Indeed. Wakefield next week could be an ideal opportunity for Toulouse - much more pressure on Trin.

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5 hours ago, MZH said:

Hopefully they take heart from a good performance rather than dropping their heads because they put in so much and came up empty handed. These things can work either way.

Indeed they can, but my suspicion, from the outside looking in, is that Houles is an exceptionally good manager of people - both as individuals and, collectively, as a team.  It's a skill that I think he shares with, amongst others, MacNamara at Les Dracs.

Soi, I am sure that Olympique will be in the right mindset; the issues will be the quality of their play and that of Trinity.

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5 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

Indeed. Wakefield next week could be an ideal opportunity for Toulouse - much more pressure on Trin.

I think that result will make sure that Wakefield are more focused on the job in hand other than if TO had come up again with a 30 point or thereabouts loss, the games between the bottom 4 clubs could prove to be "4 pointers" come the end of the season, TO would have been better finding the form they showed yesterday for next week and ambushing Wakefield rather than advertising that they are no pushovers.

I think Wakey will win comfortably if TO don't get that defence sorted.

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The desperation of Leigh fans to death ride Toulouse is funny and pathetic in equal measure.

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I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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2 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

The desperation of Leigh fans to death ride Toulouse is funny and pathetic in equal measure.

It's embarrassing to see grown men act like that isn't it, actual adults.

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France union at home same day Tou play Saints but after that restrictions are gone and starts too look like a clearer run. 

If they can chuck that Wigan performance in against so of the less fancied teams then they could be grabbing enough points to stay in the Hunt. 

Think results will come at home for them and away might be some shellackings. 

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3 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

France union at home same day Tou play Saints but after that restrictions are gone and starts too look like a clearer run. 

If they can chuck that Wigan performance in against so of the less fancied teams then they could be grabbing enough points to stay in the Hunt. 

Think results will come at home for them and away might be some shellackings. 

They play Wakefield x3 and have to win at least 2 of those. Home wins targeting inconsistent clubs like Cas, Salford, Hull KR, Hull, Leeds are the only way for them to mount a challenge.

IMO they would need at least 8 wins to survive. Maybe more but less than 8 and it's curtains.

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