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Just on a side note, but still related to French RL - are England lining up another game in France soon?

Or was it deemed to be a commercial failure?

I enjoyed the match and the French after a terrible start had very competitive stages of the game.

Guess we have to hope that hosting a World Cup will lay the groundwork to make existing French clubs stronger and green shoots of recovery can happen in former strongholds.

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10 hours ago, RL Sonja said:

Interesting article that shows the potential of domestic French rugby league.

https://www.zerotackle.com/the-curious-case-of-marseilles-1952-53-french-season-113203/
 

 

Thanks for sharing. It’s hard to believe the Velodrome was almost sold out for an Elite 1 game between Marseille and Paris. Bordeaux and Lyon in the top division too. 

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9 hours ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Just on a side note, but still related to French RL - are England lining up another game in France soon?

Or was it deemed to be a commercial failure?

I enjoyed the match and the French after a terrible start had very competitive stages of the game.

Guess we have to hope that hosting a World Cup will lay the groundwork to make existing French clubs stronger and green shoots of recovery can happen in former strongholds.

Over to Paul @ATLANTISMAN

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11 hours ago, Eddie said:

Thanks for sharing. It’s hard to believe the Velodrome was almost sold out for an Elite 1 game between Marseille and Paris. Bordeaux and Lyon in the top division too. 

Agreed … what amazing times they must have been for French RL

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I noticed a good photo had been added to this article since it originally went up. Great to see such a big crowd in the Marseille Velodrome! 

"There has never been a Challenge Cup semifinal of 65,000 either individually or combined" - Damien

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