Toulouse are ready to expand rugby league, insists Trent Robinson

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes his former club Toulouse would benefit Super League on and off the field.

The French club have launched their bid to take Super League’s 12th spot for 2021 following Toronto Wolfpack’s failure to gain re-admission into the top flight.

Robinson spent time as a player at Toulouse before becoming coach of the club after hanging up his boots in 2005.

The former Catalans and now Roosters boss believes Super League will benefit from having Toulouse in the competition next season – if their bid is accepted.

Robinson said: “I’m privileged to support the bid for 2021 of Toulouse Olympique into the Super League competition.

“Toulouse are ready, they’ve been preparing themselves for decades for this through Carlos (Zalduendo) and now Bernard (Sarrazain) and Sylvain (Houles).

“They’ve got a strong foundation in the city of business through airbus and also of sport through Stade Toulousain for whom they will share facilities. They’ve been seen to push the limits in business and in sport across Europe and its time for rugby league to feel the impact of Toulouse.

“They’ve got a good relationship with Catalans Dragons, I know the rivalry will be strong but they also play a style of footy which is exciting to watch and fans love to come and see – both through England and France.

“I’m very proud of my history at Toulouse and I know there is a strong foundation for rugby league in the Super League through Toulouse Olympique. The town, the people and the supporters have soul. They are proud people who love their rugby league and also love their city. I know that will be of benefit to the Super League throughout the future.

“Toulouse Olympique are ready to expand rugby league throughout the northern hemisphere. I’ll always be there to support Toulouse Olympique and I look forward to them building a strong future in the Super League.”

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8 Comments

  1. Look, let’s just get real here and put the London Broncos where they clearly deserve to be as the 12th club, who also have the clear financial backing to do so, as well as the 100% commitment of the owner, staff & team, as well as having one of the best acadamies in the game and the best chance of expanding the game in the south! End of!

    • How long do you want to keep going on about a successful London club it just won’t happen look what they have done in over 30 years,nothing, get Bradford back at least they get more than a crowd or should we call it a gathering,of over 1200 get real

      • Graham, if you’re going to show your ignorance of London Broncos by making totally inaccurate, and sweeping statements like that, then it’s pointless even answering you in detail. Good luck in your choice though, you’ll need it! 😉

  2. I’m all with you acer , having played in the southern conference and a man I know called Martian coy ( ex army ) has put a lot of effort in to development of rugby league in the London are and a ex Scotland player Graham Thomson was the rugby league development officer for London and last but least the London broncos fans are good people friendly people credit to the sport , no problems no hassle no fighting just good old fashioned banter and the enjoyment of the sport

    • Indeed Alex. I’ve heard nothing but praise from other team supporters who make the trip down to the ‘smoke’ (showing my age!). Many make a weekend of it, taking the time to head into the city.

  3. SL clubs don’t really like travelling which was one of their many moans about Toronto. They begrudgingly accept Catalans but would prefer not to have the expense of travelling there so adding Toulouse just adds flames to the fire.
    Castle v Wakefield is the way forward,
    Parochialism rules.

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