St Helens forward Kyle Amor has praised the impact that the French clubs have had on the Super League ahead of the inaugural meeting between the two teams on Thursday.
Toulouse became the third French side to play in the Super League after winning promotion last year. They beat Featherstone in the play-off final back in October.
In what was a very successful year for French rugby league in 2021, Catalans also claimed the League Leaders Shield and also reached the Super League Grand Final.
It was also confirmed that France would host the World Cup in 2025. France last hosted a World Cup game in 2000. Meanwhile, the last tournament to be solely played in France was in 1972. That tournament was won by Great Britain.
Thursday marks another big day for the sport in France. The two French sides will meet for the first time in the Super League in Rivals Round.
Amor compares French experience to Champions League night
Amor was also full of praise for the French fans of rugby league and how passionate they are.
The Cumbria-born forward believes this, as well as the sea of French players coming through is a good sign for the game ahead of the World Cup.
He told Sky Sports: “As a player, to go out there is a challenge. It’s almost like a Champions League night, a football game. They are so passionate, the French people.
“I just think they bring growth to the game as well. Getting more eyes on the game, it’s perfect going forward.
“Catalans, a few years ago, were almost two different sides home and away. Now through the likes of Sam Tomkins and Micky McIlorum, genuine winners who have gone over to Catalans, you are now starting to see them become a real force in the Super League.
“I just think with the evolution of those French players coming through, with the World Cup in 2025, it is fantastic for the game all-round.”