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…

Aussie league clubs eagerly awaiting French arrival

AUSTRALIAN rugby league clubs are bracing for a French invasion in the coming months as the French Federation of Rugby League’s Elite 1 season wraps up. Three French players have signed on with Australian-based clubs and will head Down Under as soon their clubs’ finals charge ends while another couple hope to finalise deals in…

Oliver Percy has all he needs in France – fishing, footy and fun

FOOTY boots. Check. Mouthguard. Check. Warm clothes. Check. Oh, and one other essential – fishing rod. Check. AS Carcassonne front rower Oliver Percy’s packing list before venturing to France must have looked a little something like that. The former Gold Coast Titans Holden Cup player is an avid fisherman and wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to…

Tonga and Leigh Centurions bound for Toulouse for Cup clash

FORMER Queensland State of Origin centre Willie Tonga and a host of ex-NRL stars are headed to the south of France after Toulouse Olympique drew Leigh Centurions in their fifth round Challenge Cup tie. Toulouse has made an unbeaten start to their 2016 campaign and face their toughest challenge when they host Kingstone Press Championship side the Centurions…

From the vault: Baby boost for Vunakece

First published on October 25, 2013. IT’S no surprise Toulouse Olympique front rower Eloni Vunakece is playing career-best rugby league. The 25-year-old Fijian-Australian is leading Toulouse’s charge towards a premiership in the 2012/13 French Federation of Rugby League’s Elite One Championship season, and puts it down to one thing. “I’ve got a baby girl on…

Vunakece set to realise NRL dream with Roosters

A FORMER Toulouse Olympique front rower is expected to make his debut for the Sydney Roosters on Saturday, becoming the fifth player to graduate from the FFR XIII Elite 1 competition into the NRL. Fijian international Eloni Vunakece won the French Federation of Rugby League’s Elite 1 Championship and Lord Derby Cup double for Toulouse…

Toulouse preparing for potential Super League showdown

TOULOUSE Olympique has advanced through to the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup but may be without playmaker Danny Hulme. They potentially could draw last year’s finalists First Utility Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers, who will join Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Widnes Vikings in the fifth round after finishing in the…

Limoux to face St Esteve in Lord Derby Cup final

A SECOND half onslaught saw Limoux Grizzlies earn their place in the 2015-16 French Federation of Rugby League Lord Derby Cup final. The Grizzlies scored 30 points to turn around an 18-12 half-time deficit and run out 42-22 winners over Lezignan Sangliers in the FFR XIII Cup semi-final at Stade Domec, Carcassonne on Sunday. Limoux…

Haydn’s in the grip of another promising season

HAYDN Peacock has suffered his fair share of injuries during his time playing rugby league but they are nothing compared to what happened to his ‘tackle’ in a tackle. The AS Carcassonne second rower is preparing for a clash with his former club, Limoux Grizzlies, a month after suffering from a man’s worst nightmare –…

Kiernan keen on weighing up options

CORBIN Kiernan spurned the opportunity to join the Queensland Reds to instead link with Avignon Bisons, but hasn’t ruled out a potential switch to French rugby. Gold Coast-raised Kiernan is now based in the former hometown of religious royalty helping the Bisons’ charge towards the finals while weighing up a return to the 15-man format. Kiernan knocked back the chance…

Albi to defy Dragons to earn place in final

ALBI Tigers face the enormous task of bouncing back from a 60-6 defeat by St Esteve Catalans Dragons after drawing the Perpignan-based side in their Lord Derby Cup semi-final. The Tigers meet St Esteve at Toulouse on March 19, a fortnight after a red-hot Dragons side ran in 12 tries to one to register their first win…