By Richard Cowley, Date: 11/9/12
In a sign of just how far the French have come since entering a team in Super League, Frenchman Remi Casty has made history this week by becoming the first Frenchman to make the Super League “Dream Team”.
This continues a number of unique achievements the French have made in recent years. It also shows that the Rugby Football League were on the right track when they allowed a French team to join the super league again after Paris Saint-Germain only lasted two years when Super League was born back in 1996.
The Catalans Dragons who entered the Super League in 2006 created history in 2007 by becoming the first French team to make it to a Challenge Cup Final.
This year the Dragons have finished the Super League season in 4th place. The French might even notch up another achievement before the year is out by making the Super League Grand Final or even better winning it.
There are rumors of a possible fully professional rugby league competition starting up in France in the not to distant future. Rugby league itself in France seems to be heading in the right direction after years of neglect.
Everyone who follows the international game would love to see the French return the the gory days of the 50’s and 60’s where the big three didn’t exist. In the international arena of rugby league the big four ruled the world!
2012 Stobart Super League Dream Team
1 – Sam Tomkins Wigan Warriors
2 – Josh Charnley Wigan Warriors
3 – George Carmont Wigan Warriors
4 – Ryan Atkins Warrington Wolves
5 – Ryan Hall Leeds Rhinos
6 – Brett Finch Wigan Warriors
7 – Scott Dureau Catalan Dragons
8 – Chris Hill Warrington Wolves
9 – James Roby St Helens
10 – Remi Casty Catalan Dragons
11 – Ben Westwood Warrington Wolves
12 – Gareth Hock Wigan Warriors
13 – Sean Oâ€™Loughlin Wigan Warriors