By Richard Cowley, 14/9/12

It’s that time of year again where Super League and NRL competitions are coming to a climax. Over in France the’re gearing up for the kick-off of their Elite 1 Championship which starts Saturday week.

 

Ten teams from the south of France will once again compete in what is known as the premier Rugby League competition in France. The competition itself has been running since 1935.

The Elite 1 Championship comprises of 20 rounds which should fill the void of those who don’t watch cricket but crave a game of league. The competition runs from the 22nd September 2012 concluding with the final on the 26th May 2013.  The competition has a short break during the festive season between the 16th December and 12th January and should fit in nicely with your family commitments.

So if you are a rugby league tragic and want to follow some rugby league with flair during the NRL and Super League off season. Or your just interested to see which ex NRL and Super League players are still running around look no further than the South of France and it’s Elite rugby league competition.

Elite 1 Draw

Round 1 – 22/23 September 2012
LIMOUX v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
LEZIGNAN v AVIGNON
MONTPELLIER v LESCURE
PIA v CARCASSONNE
TOULOUSE v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

Round 2 – 29/30 September 2012
CARCASSONNE v MONTPELLIER
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v LEZIGNAN
LIMOUX v TOULOUSE
AVIGNON v PIA
LESCURE v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

Round 3 – 6/7 October 2012
Carcassonne v Limoux
MONTPELLIER v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
TOULOUSE v AVIGNON
PIA v VILLENEUVE
LEZIGNAN v LESCURE

Round 4 – 13/14 October 2012
LESCURE v PIA
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v LEZIGNAN
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v TOULOUSE
LIMOUX v MONTPELLIER
AVIGNON v CARCASSONNE

Round 5 – 27/28 October 2012
PIA v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
CARCASSONNE v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
TOULOUSE v LESCURE
MONTPELLIER v LEZIGNAN
LIMOUX v AVIGNON

Round 6 – 10/11 November 2012
LESCURE v CARCASSONNE
LEZIGNAN v PIA
AVIGNON v MONTPELLIER
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v LIMOUX
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v TOULOUSE

Round 7 – 17/18 November 2012
MONTPELLIER v PIA
TOULOUSE v LEZIGNAN
CARCASSONNE v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
AVIGNON v VILLENEUVE
LIMOUX v LESCURE

Round 8 – 1/2 December 2012
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v MONTPELLIER
PIA v TOULOUSE
LESCURE v AVIGNON
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v LIMOUX
LEZIGNAN v CARCASSONNE

Round 9 – 8/9 December 2012
AVIGNON v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
LIMOUX v LEZIGNAN
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v LESCURE
CARCASSONNE v PIA
MONTPELLIER v TOULOUSE

Round 10 – 15/16 December 2012
MONTPELLIER v LESCURE
PIA v LIMOUX
TOULOUSE v CARCASSONNE
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
LEZIGNAN v AVIGNON

Round 11 – 12/13 January 2013
LIMOUX v CARCASSONNE
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v MONTPELLIER
AVIGNON v TOULOUSE
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v PIA
LESCURE v LEZIGNAN

Round 12 – 19/20 January 2013
PIA v LESCURE
LEZIGNAN v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
TOULOUSE v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
MONTPELLIER v LIMOUX
CARCASSONNE v AVIGNON

Round 13 – 2/3 February 2013
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v PIA
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v CARCASSONNE
LESCURE v TOULOUSE
LEZIGNAN v MONTPELLIER
AVIGNON v LIMOUX

Round 14 – 16/17 February 2013
CARCASSONNE v LESCURE
PIA v LEZIGNAN
MONTPELLIER v AVIGNON
LIMOUX v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
TOULOUSE v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN

Round 15 – 23/24 February 2013
PIA v MONTPELLIER
LEZIGNAN v TOULOUSE
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v CARCASSONNE
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v AVIGNON
LESCURE v LIMOUX

Round 16 – 2/3 March 2013
MONTPELLIER v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
TOULOUSE v PIA
AVIGNON v LESCURE
LIMOUX v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
CARCASSONNE v LEZIGNAN

Round 17 – 16/17 March 2013
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v AVIGNON
LEZIGNAN v LIMOUX
LESCURE v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
PIA v CARCASSONNE
TOULOUSE v MONTPELLIER

Round 18 – 30/31 March 2013
LESCURE v MONTPELLIER
LIMOUX v PIA
Carcassonne v Toulouse
VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT v SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN
AVIGNON v LEZIGNAN

Round 19 – 6/7 April 2013
MONTPELLIER v CARCASSONNE
LEZIGNAN v VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT
TOULOUSE v LIMOUX
PIA v AVIGNON
SAINT-ESTEVE XIII CATALAN v LESCURE

Round 20
Days catching up:
24/25 November 2012
26/27 January 2013
23/24 March 2013
20/21 April 2013

FINALS
4/5 May 2013: Peliminary Finals
11/12 May 2013: Semi Finals
25/26 May 2013: Grand Final

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