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Discussion in 'French Rugby League' started by Foreign Legion, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

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    We met Brice Benyamina, new recruit of Saint-Gaudens who decided to move to XIII at 20 after doing all his training at XV.

    Brice, can you introduce yourself in a few words?
    I'm Brice Benyamina, I'm 20 years old, I'm from Toulon and I've been playing rugby since I was 7 years old. I played until I was 16 at the Rugby Club Toulonnais and then I left for 2 years at the Leicester training center and at the age of 18 I returned to the side of Toulon in hopes.

    What are you going to keep from your years at RC Toulon?
    I will keep fond memories whether sporty or out with a good bunch of friends, and wish them good luck next season!

    Why did you decide to leave the XV for the XIII?
    Because since I was young I am the XIII and my trip to England really made me want to play, so as soon as I had the opportunity to join Saint-Gaudens I did not hesitate.

    Have you ever played in a club at XIII?
    No, I never played in a club at XIII but in Leicester we often did the training to work differently and I was to see a lot of Super League games.

    How were the contacts made with Gilles Dumas? Why did you choose Saint-Gaudens?
    Through Gaël Tallec (former player) who has known me for quite a while and who put me in touch with Gilles and then we were able to meet in Avignon when Saint-Gaudens came to play a league game. I really liked his speech so I did not hesitate at all to join St-Gaudens.

    What individual and collective goals for the upcoming season?
    My individual goals for the coming season are to be able to quickly integrate with my teammates and start to have bearings to XIII. The objectives collectively are to go as far as possible and to have fun!

    Nicolas Jacquemard
    http://treizemondial.fr/brice-benyamina-depuis-mon-passage-en-angleterre-jai-envie-de-jouer-a-xiii/
     
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    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    For those that aren't aware:

    http://treizemondial.fr/

    is by far the nicest french resource on happenings in the game over there.
     
  3. taipan

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears to me, over the last couple of years there is some decent grassroots activity with X111 in France.
    Is it due to rugby league securing approval to have the code as a sport in French primary and secondary schools in the last few years?
     
  4. miguel de cervantes

    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    i doubt there is much change, apart from around Lyon where there has been a lot of great work with the young'uns in the last few years. Lyon don't get talked about much, but they are one of the better clubs as far as hard work goes.
     
  5. taipan

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    Surely accessing schools now, which were persona non grata before.is doing something?
     
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    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    depends if the educators wish to teach it. i doubt there is a massive demand to do this.
     
  7. taipan

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    The RLEF needs to use some of the Euro Govt Grant money, to employ a few part timers to get into French schools.
    it's great the money is being used for other countries,but surely it's about time they used some of it ,to grow the game where it has at least a reasonable presence.

    Let's face it ,there was no massive demand for AFL in NSW schools at most times.
     
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    deal.with.it Juniors

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    But that’s not what the funding is for...
     
  9. taipan

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    I do understand the funding is for development purposes for coaches, and officials in particular in Europe.
    Some of whom attend courses in France and other countries.
    It just amazes me more can;t be done in French schools.
     
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    Teams in Elite 2

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    ie lyon-avignon-toulon. don't expect that game to ever reach the heights of state of origin. east-west is meaningless. they would need paris versus the rest.
     
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    Does this have test status? It’s like a knights/PM 13 style like up.
    Either way it’s good to see Serbia get a game against a tier 2 nation.
     
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    The Dragons enter into a partnership with investment bank BPI France, interested by the clubs exposure in England.
     
  17. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

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    https://www.loverugbyleague.com/pos...ity-admit-wayne-bennett-and-aurelien-cologni/


    England coach Wayne Bennett said playing France in a mid-season Test in 2019 could well be an option.

    The mid-season Test between England and New Zealand in Denver will not go ahead next year after the Rugby Football League and New Zealand Rugby League failed to receive the full amount of money they initially agreed with the event promoter Moore Sports International.

    And the Kiwis have pencilled in a Test with Tonga in the mid-season break in 2019, leaving England with little options.

    Speaking after England’s 44-6 win over France at Leigh on Wednesday, Bennett revealed that England could end up playing Les Chanticleers next year.

    “It could be an option, of course,” he admitted.

    “France will be keen to show how serious they are about international football as well but you can’t not have your best players available. Fair enough if they have got injuries and stuff but some just not playing is not going to help the game in France.

    “We scored an early try and that was the type of game we needed. I don’t know any of the French players, I don’t know what their backgrounds are and I don’t know how many play in Super League but I just thought they were better in the second half after they got blown off the park in the first half.

    “I’m pleased we gave them an opportunity to represent their country and if we don’t continue to do things like that then we will only have three or four nations playing international football so it is all part of the journey.”

    France will now compete in the 2018 European Championship, which doubles up as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. They face Wales, Ireland and Scotland this autumn.

    And France coach Aurelien Cologni admitted that although they may not face England next year, they need to be playing tier-one nations to get better.

    He said: “I would like to speak to the French federation about a game in June and to have less games at the end of the season.

    “Every player wants to play for their country but it is difficult when you have a long season, playing in the Championship and Cup and then a minimum of four games with the national team.

    “Maybe the seasons are too long for players at the minute. The seasons are tough and their bodies finish with a lot of aches and they are mentally tired so I think it is important not to push the players.

    “I think June is a good window to play one game like England do but we have to have the best opposition for us.”
     
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    He said: “I would like to speak to the French federation about a game in June and to have less games at the end of the season.

    How about mid season AND games at the end of the season - France just don't seem committed enough at representing their country at interational level and it is very disappointing.
     
  19. Jim from Oz

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    And how about also not having such a long Championship and Cup season !
     
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    Foreign Legion First Grade

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    http://treizemondial.fr/laureane-biville-qui-ne-reverait-pas-de-jouer-en-wnrl/


    After formalizing her departure to Australia in the East Tigers club, we met Lauréane Biville to tell us about her choice.


    Lauréane, can you introduce yourself in a few words?
    My name is Lauréane Biville, I am 19 years old, I am student in STAPS in Toulouse and I started rugby 6 years ago. I went through the Carcassonne pole of hope for 3 years and I got my first selection in the France team at 17 years old.

    How did you seize the opportunity to go play in Australia?
    Two years ago, during my first selection in France, Mr Laurent Garnier proposed me to play in Australia. I was only 17 years old and had to pass my BAC and my license, so I decided to wait before committing myself.

    What are your expectations there and your fears?
    I am expecting a lot from this new experience, both sporting and personal. In particular to find a certain sporting rigor, to be able to widen my rugby baggage, to reach a better level.

    I have a lot of fears, like not being up to the level. Even if I am one of the best French players, nothing is acquired, and the level is so high that I will have to work very hard to win my place.

    Is the WNRL a goal for you?
    Yes of course ! Even if I think I am far away, I hope one day to get there. And what player would not dream of playing in WNRL?

    How do you understand the match against England with the Blue?
    It is a team with a lot of experience and a very good level! It will be hard, but we will try to apply everything we worked during training, stay welded, and for my part I will give the best of myself!

    What do you think of the development of the XIII feminine in France?
    We are lagging behind other countries, it is a certainty, but we are fortunate to have people who believe in us, in women's rugby, and who are fighting for us to be publicized and recognized. Maybe one day we will have to sign professional contracts, like England and Australia now, or enjoy the same benefits as boys!

    The final word ?
    With this experience I also want to show all the young players who dream like me, to be able to evolve to the highest in rugby, that it is possible if one gives the means, and that one believes in it. But above all, it's not just men who can go abroad to play.
     
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