French round-up: Avignon go top, Samoa international arrives at Lezignan

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Samoan international centre Tim Simona has arrived in France to take up a deal with Lezignan, and he should go straight in to the side to face leaders Avignon this weekend.

Simona, 28, has played 79 times in the NRL with Wests Tigers, but was re-registered in 2017 after breaching betting rules.

He was in talks to join Hull KR and Toronto Wolfpack for 2018, but failed to meet eligibility requirements.

NRL West Tigers v Melbourne

In July 2019, he returned to action for the first time in over two years playing for Manly feeder club Blacktown against South Sydney in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition.

Meanwhile, in Carcassonne over the weekend, Catalans Dragons beat Toulouse 22-10 as both sides stepped up their preparations for the respective Super League and Championship seasons.

Elite 1 Championship

Avignon Bisons have gone top of the Elite 1 Championship with a 26-12 win against Carcassonne, a game that was postponed earlier in the season.

St Gaudens beat struggling Toulouse 50-16 in a game that was originally due to be played at the French Magic Weekend, but was called off due to illness in the Toulouse camp.

Villeneuve and Albi are genuine contenders for the title, and in a thriller, Albi came out on top in the final minute, winning 32-30.

Elite 2 Championship

In the Elite 2 Championship, there were strong wins for Carpentras, Ille and Pia.

The game between Lyon and Toulon was postponed.

Ille defeated last season’s Grand Finalists VARL to go third, while Brice Pena scored a hat-trick in Pia’s win at Entraigues.

Carpentras bounced back from their shock French Cup defeat to Realmont by beating Lescure.

Former Doncaster prop Karim Madani made his return to Baho a year after his departure, and helped them record a good win over Salon.

Sunday 19 January 2020
BAHO XIII 40 – 24
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SALON XIII
CARPENTRAS XIII 32 – 16
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LESCURE XIII
ENTRAIGUES XIII 4 – 24
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PIA XIII
ILLE XIII 24 – 10
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VILLEGAILHENC XIII
To be played 1-2 February 2020
LYON-VILLEURBANNE XIII à venir
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TOULON XIII

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