Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes that French rugby league is at a crucial stage of its development, and the opportunity must not be missed.
Toulouse Olympique are gearing up to re-enter the British league structure, as they prepare for the 2016 campaign in League 1.
Robinson feels that Toulouse’s inclusion is an important step for the game in France, and Europe as a whole.
“I think it’s great,” he told Love Rugby League.
“I believe in Toulouse as a city and as a hub there for rugby league.
“A lot of players come out from the western side of Toulouse, so it is another central point of rugby league.
“I think they’ve got a really strong history there, so I believe in them working their way through.
“I’m interested to see how they go, and I hope they push on into the Championship.”
According to him, the French national team must now kick on and find a new level.
“I think we’re sitting on a pretty good point for French rugby league,” he said.
“The international game is next: France needs to develop into a stronger force when it comes to the international game.
“Then we’ll definitely see a French player play in the NRL in the coming years at some point.
“I think it’s a critical period. We need to make it click in the next couple of years.”
Robinson, who coached Catalans Dragons before moving back to Australia, has a French wife and is an avowed Francophile.
He has not ruled out returning to coach France at some point in the future, but for the moment is content to cast a supporting eye over the French game.
“I’ll go back and live there at some stage,” he said.
“I’ll always be a big supporter of France, but I also support Richard Agar and what he’s trying to do.
“I’ll help out when needed.”