Illness causes postponement of Toulouse game at French Magic Weekend

The first game of day two at the French Magic Weekend in Carcassonne has been postponed due to illness in the Toulouse camp.

Toulouse were due to play St Gaudens at the Stade Albert Domec on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 1.30pm (local), but had to withdraw after a viral infection struck down a number of their squad.

The club tweeted: “Following a viral epidemic that is currently affecting the team, our Elite team will not be able to take part in its first game of the season, which took place today against St Gaudens as part of the #MagicWeekend. The meeting is postponed to a later date.”

Matches at the Magic Weekend earn four points for the winning team, compared to three points in regular season matches.

The Toulouse team in the Elite 1 Championship is coached by former France international and Catalans player Sebastien Raguin, and they finished bottom of the table last season.

The other games scheduled for Sunday see Albi take on Villeneuve, and hosts Carcassonne play St Esteve, in a repeat of last season’s Championship final.

On Saturday, Avignon opened the event with a 23-12 win over Olivier Elima’s Palau Broncos, before Limoux prevailed 14-6 against Lezignan.