How Toulouse Olympique are shaping up for 2023

Josh McAllister
Toulouse Olympique 2023

Head coach Sylvain Houles enters his 10th season with Toulouse Olympique for their return to the Championship in 2023. 

The side suffered relegation after just one year in Super League, securing just five wins from 27 during the season.

They released several big-name players following the conclusion of the 2022 campaign – including half-backs Corey Norman and Tony Gigot. Meanwhile, former Samoa and USA international Joseph Paulo retired at the end of last season.

Matty Russell and Nathan Peats secured deals back in Super League for the upcoming year with Warrington and Huddersfield respectively. France international Justin Sangare has also linked up with Leeds, while Romain Navarrete returns to Catalans. 

Former Wigan half-back Jake Shorrocks is one of several eye-catching additions to Toulouse, despite having one year remaining on his contract at Newcastle Thunder.

The 27-year-old opted to join Toulouse on a two-year deal during the off-season, ending his two year stay in the north of England.

Cook Islands international Reubenn Rennie joins on a one-year deal, with the option of second. He represented the Kukis during the delayed 2021 tournament in England, and will link up with international team-mate Dominique Peyroux in France in 2023. 

Calum Gahan and Josh Ralph make the move to Toulouse following their World Cup campaigns with Scotland and Wales respectively.

Having turned 37 in October, Harrison Hansen has re-signed for his third season with the French outfit. Other team-mates to have committed their futures include Olly Ashall-Bott, Eloi Pelissier and Joe Bretherton.

Incomings: Reubenn Rennie, Jake Shorrocks, Sitaleki Akauola, Calum Gahan, Josh Ralph.

Outgoings: Daniel Alvaro, Tony Gigot, Romain Navarrete, Matty Russell, Corey Norman, Nathan Peats, Maxime Puech, Justin Sangare, Joseph Paulo, Mitch Garbutt, Chris Hankinson.

Toulouse Olympique 2023 squad so far

Backs: Olly Ashall-Bott, Latrell Schaumkel, Reubenn Rennie, Mathieu Jussaume, Paul Marcon, Josh Ralph, Lucas Albert, Jake Shorrocks, Guy Armitage.

Forwards: Sitaleki Akauola, Calum Gahan, Harrison Hansen, Maxime Stefani, Dominique Peyroux, Anthony Marion, Eloi Pelissier, Joe Bretherton, Lambert Belmas.

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