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The French Elite Competition - Next Season and Beyond


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Read on the French forums today that the French Federation has managed to bring in significant financial aid for Elite One clubs which will double each clubs budget. Can any of the French Rugby League commentators on here elaborate on what this might be?

Been really impressed with what Luc Lacoste is doing and he seems to have the ambition and business nous to take the game forward over there. One really important thing that the Federation need to take control of is the production of Elite One games, it's great that we're able to watch many Elite games online but I think there's a general issue with the overall production quality of many of the games that are shown, some of the picture quality for games aren't very good, mostly filmed using a single camera and sometimes behind stand posts and obstructions.

Another issue from a fan standpoint is not knowing where to go to tune into games as they are on varying formats some are on a clubs youtube page, others on a clubs facebook page, some on the Federation's youtube page and some games have been on Via Occitanie, this is really confusing and can cause fan apathy. My view is that the coverage needs to improve in terms of production quality and be easy to find on a single platform. 

For the Elite competition to survive and flourish it needs to move closer to professionalism both on and off the field so I hope some of these issues can be resolved in time for next season. 

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Elite One plus is a cohesive and historic, albeit with considerable flaws, competition that celebrates its 100th anniversary in a decade mores time.

Essentially it does not need to be more professional nor integrated into the wider European game.

However I for one wish it was.

I hope Lacoste and the Federation have the levity and luck to improve Elite and the clubs.

I'd wish there was a full conversation and plan to integrate the SL, the British and French structure. 

For me ideally, the first matter would be for the two heartlands to beat as one. I feel France feels distant.

More practically would be to boost Elite up to Championship and maybe as a feeder for a true European SL.

 

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8 hours ago, idrewthehaggis said:

Elite One plus is a cohesive and historic, albeit with considerable flaws, competition that celebrates its 100th anniversary in a decade mores time.

Essentially it does not need to be more professional nor integrated into the wider European game.

However I for one wish it was.

I hope Lacoste and the Federation have the levity and luck to improve Elite and the clubs.

I'd wish there was a full conversation and plan to integrate the SL, the British and French structure. 

For me ideally, the first matter would be for the two heartlands to beat as one. I feel France feels distant.

More practically would be to boost Elite up to Championship and maybe as a feeder for a true European SL.

 

I imagine the French federation see some of the baffling decisions the RFL make and don’t want anything to do with them. 

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I'll believe it when i see it! In France the clubs pay 20000 euros to play in elite 1, there's no prize money, the money just goes to the federation to run the comp and keep RL alive in France, the clubs have to then pay their players, pay the transport, pay the production costs for showing the games on YouTube or Facebook, the fines, the players license to play, the fines etc The clubs get nothing from the federation, 

2000 euros to put a under 19s team into the elite u19s comp, 

So it's the clubs that fund the federation. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, barnyia said:

I'll believe it when i see it! In France the clubs pay 20000 euros to play in elite 1, there's no prize money, the money just goes to the federation to run the comp and keep RL alive in France, the clubs have to then pay their players, pay the transport, pay the production costs for showing the games on YouTube or Facebook, the fines, the players license to play, the fines etc The clubs get nothing from the federation, 

2000 euros to put a under 19s team into the elite u19s comp, 

So it's the clubs that fund the federation. 

 

 

Desperately need some internationals so fed can get some sponsors to pay for themselves then. 

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7 hours ago, ShropshireBull said:

Desperately need some internationals so fed can get some sponsors to pay for themselves then. 

Against who? I agree in principle but who have they got to play? England don’t fancy it and I doubt they’d sell out games against Wales, Scotland or Ireland. 

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21 minutes ago, Eddie said:

Against who? I agree in principle but who have they got to play? England don’t fancy it and I doubt they’d sell out games against Wales, Scotland or Ireland. 

Your right of course,  England's stupidity is a commercial noose around games neck. 

I'd pray that we could do a summer 9's tournament in july that involves England France and two others as an event to sell but noone in the rfl seems to think about new products or internationals outside of Australia. 

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22nd  May Limoux v Carcassonne at 15h30 

Catalan v Toulouse u19s at 13h30 

The u17s final at 11h30 which will be between four of the following teams, Villeneuve,salon, Toulouse and Carpentras, 

And the u15s at 10 am between either Lézignan,salon, Albi and Catalan, 

All at Narbonne stadium, 

Should be a great day 

 

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