France secure runners up spot with win over Scotland


Date: 9/11/15

Classy Catalans Dragons centre Tony Gigot scored two tries as France secured runners-up spot in the European Championship, with a 32-18 win in front of almost 6,000 fans at the Parc des Sports d'Avignon.

Richard Agar’s men dominated the first half to put pressure on Wales and Ireland, the young Scots bravely coming back into the game after the break.

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Can France pants England in 2015 Test at Leigh this weekend?


Date: 21/10/15

An old rivalry dating back to 1934 will be reignited this weekend in the Northern England Rugby League stronghold of Leigh when England play host to France in a one off rugby league test.

It has been a long time between drinks since France defeated England / Great Britain in a rugby league test match. You have to go back 25 years to 1990 when France broke a 23 year drought against the old dart and upset Great Britain 25 - 18 at Headingly.

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French Rugby League Federation to sign historic agreement

Date: 20/10/15

The French Federation (FFRXIII) has announced that on 30 October it will sign a quadripartite agreement with UNSS (Union nationale du sport scolaire) - the federation governing all school and lycee sports, USEP (Union Sportive des Ecoles Primaires) - the primary school federation under the education ministry, and MEN (Ministere de l’Éducation Nationale)

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France off to great start in European Championship with win against Ireland

Date: 18/10/15

A drop goal seven minutes from time by Hull KR hooker John Boudebza eased France home to a 31-14 win over Ireland in Albi.

Mark Aston’s Irishmen had shocked Les Tricolours in the European Championship last year with a win in Dublin and made the perfect start, Longhorns winger Casey Dunne going over in the 19th minute, Liam Finn converting.

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Win for French Rugby League with beIN SPORTS broadcasting French Internationals live

Date: 12/10/15

At the formal launch of the tournament today in Huddersfield, the RLEF announced that beIN SPORTS will be an official broadcast partner of the Rugby League European Championship 2015.

The channel will broadcast France’s two home matches from Albi and Avignon, and their away match against Wales in Cardiff. All three matches involving France will be broadcast LIVE on the channel.

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French name European Cup squad with one eye on the 2017 Coupe du Monde

Date: 2/10/15

France look to start a new conquest when they kick-off their European Cup Campaign on the 17th of October in Albi.

The objective will not only be to retain their 2nd place in the European ranking, but also to prepare for the 2017 World Cup which will be played on Australian soil.

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French target success in 2017 RLWC as well as European Championship

Date: 26/09/15

France team manager Gilles Dumas has stressed the importance of the 2015 European Championships as a stepping stone to performing well in the 2017 World Cup.

As quarter-finalists in the last global tournament in 2013, when Les Tricolors successfully hosted group games, the French are automatic seeds for the next one in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

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French coach Agar set to announce European Championship squad

Date: 17/9/15

In preparation for their European Championship bid, French coach Richard Agar is set to announce his squad on 1st October. The group will then go into camp in Perpignan from 12th-14th October in preparation for the Tricolors’ opening game against Ireland in Albi on 17th (kick off 3.30pm), tickets for which have just gone on sale.

In last season’s European Championship, the Irish triumphed 22-12, a result that saw the French deprived of qualification for the 2016 Four Nations alongside England, Australia and New Zealand. 

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League 1 not the answer for French rugby league team Toulouse


By Philip Kingsland, Date 13/6/15

It has been widely rumoured that Toulouse Olympique XIII will be permitted to enter League 1.

League 1, the 3rd and lowest tier of professional Rugby League in Britain has become steadily populated with burgeoning expansion clubs, such as Coventry who entered this year. These clubs are doing an admirable job with the resources they are afforded, but to require Toulouse to enter amongst this mix is plain cinglé - which is French for Bonkers.

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