FFR XIII Elite 1 Grand final: Which team has what it takes?

A QUICK glance over the Limoux Grizzlies’ team sheet, and it’s fair to say they shouldn’t be playing in this weekend’s French Federation of Rugby League’s Elite 1 grand final. But they are. And that’s all that matters.  They’ll take on minor premiers AS Carcassonne in the 2016 decider at Albi on Saturday. That’s the…

St Gaudens returns to Elite 1

EX-BRISBANE Broncos Holden Cup player Josh Coyle and his St Gaudens teammates are heading for France’s elite competition. After five seasons in the FFR XIII Elite 2 competition, St Gaudens have announced they will be returning to the Elite 1 competition for the 2016-17 season. The Gold Coast-raised Coyle has been a member of the…

Local rivals AS Carcassonne and Limoux Grizzlies to meet in grand final

LIMOUX Grizzlies will take on AS Carcassonne in the 2015-16 FFR XIII Elite 1 grand final on May 21 after both teams registered semi-final victories. The Grizzlies overcame a determined Lezignan Sangliers 22-18 in the opening match of the FFR XIII Elite 1’s semi-finals at Foix on the weekend to reach their second final of…

French rugby league semi-finals broadcast live online

RUGBY league fans throughout the world will have the chance to see the best rugby league regional France has to offer.  The French Federation of Rugby League’s Elite 1 semi-final doubleheader at Foix will be broadcast live online on Saturday, May 7.  Local rivals Limoux Grizzlies and Lezignan Sangliers kick-off the semi-final viewing at 2pm…

Lezignan find form as they progress to final four

FIVE-EIGHTH Anthony Carrera made an eye-catching return scoring a hat trick as Lezignan Sangliers advanced through to the FFR XIII Elite 1 semi-finals with a 46-0 win over Palau Broncos. The win sees Lezignan face Limoux Grizzlies in a knockout semi-final at Foix on Saturday afternoon while St Esteve Catalans’ 22-10 win over Avignon Bisons earned them…

St Esteve XIII Catalans claim Lord Derby Cup

ST ESTEVE XIII Catalans are the 2016 Lord Derby Cup winners after their 33-16 win over Limoux Grizzlies on Saturday. Former Lezignan Sangliers second rower Pierre Negre scored a double as St Esteve scored five tries to Limoux’s three at Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne to etch their name onto the Lord Derby Cup for the…

Forecast favourable for Limoux in Cup final

WET weather forecast for Saturday’s FFR XIII Lord Derby Cup final will work in Limoux Grizzlies’ favour, says Lezignan Sangliers assistant coach Tony Duggan. The Grizzlies tackle 2014-15 finalists St Esteve UTC Dragons in the 2015-16 Lord Derby Cup final at Stade Domec, Carcassonne on Saturday afternoon. Duggan, who helped steer Lezignan to the 2014-15…

Ex-Limoux Grizzlies players willing their former club on

A PAIR of former Limoux Grizzlies players are willing their former club on but believe the club’s family-like atmosphere won’t be enough to help them overcome a host of injuries and a youthful St Esteve XIII Catalans side in the 2016 Lord Derby Cup final. AS Carcassonne backs Haydn Peacock and Luke Towers insist Limoux’s place in the…

Dragons trio to turn out in Lord Derby Cup final

ST ESTEVE Catalans Dragons’ chances of winning the 2016 Lord Derby Cup final have received a massive boost with three Catalans Dragons players expected to turn out in the decider. Fullback Morgan Escare, prop Antoni Maria and playmaker Stan Robin will line up for St Esteve in Saturday afternoon’s Lord Derby Cup final against Limoux…

Robin the key for St Esteve XIII Catalans in Lord Derby Cup final

LIMOUX Grizzlies will need to limit the playmaking genius of French international Stanislas Robin if they are to win the club’s fourth Lord Derby Cup. Lezignan Sangliers trio Charles Bouzinac, Valentin Ferret and Simon Grandjean identified St Esteve XIII Catalans Dragons five-eighth Robin as the key man for the Dragons. Robin was earlier in the…

Ivan has ‘Ackers’ to thank for his new perspective on life

HE’S living the life in the south of France but Limoux Grizzlies second rower Paul Ivan admits he would rather be running out onto Sunshine Coast Stadium today in the black and gold of the Sunshine Coast Falcons. It’s not that he’s unhappy lining up for the Grizzlies in their French Federation of Rugby League…