French star targets Women’s NRL, as French referees chief targets World Cup

James Gordon

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France prepare for Nines World Cup

France’s Super League players travelled to Salses last week to train in preparation for the Nines World Cup, with the exception of St Helens half-back Theo Fages. Also missing was Toronto’s Hakim Miloudi. Coach Aurelien Cologni has already had Romain Navarrete, Fages and Morgan Escare confirm for the tournament.

First Aussie in Avignon

Avignon have signed young Australian scrum-half Jack Payne. Payne, 22, has been playing in the junior ranks at St George-Illawarra Dragons.

World Cup ambitions for French referees

The head of French referees, Mohamed Drizza, has praised the progess of his officials on the international scene. A number will officiate at the African Cup and the European World Cup qualification phases. Drizza then hopes to see a number officiate at the 2021 World Cup.

Three more signings at VARL

After the departure of Louis Anderson, VARL have moved quickly to make three new signings. Kiwi Dylan Puke joins from Villefranche, along with Philippe Azema and Benjamin Diaz.

Tumusa pulls out of Carcassonne deal

Kiwi back Tony Tumusa has had to back out of his new one-year deal at 2019 Coupe de France winners Carcassonne due to personal reasons. He made 10 appearances last season having swapped Redcliffe Dolphins to move to France.

Biville targets Women’s NRL

Laureane Biville is part of a 36-woman squad that will go on trial to be selected for the first Gold Coast Titans Women’s NRL side. Winger Biville, 20, has been a revelation while playing for Brisbane club, Easts Tigers, and recently returned to France for injury treatment.