Toulouse coach “lost for words” after clinching promotion to Super League

Mathieu Jussaume in action for Toulouse

Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles was left speechless after their promotion to Super League was confirmed.

The French side beat Featherstone 34-12 in the Million Pound Game on Sunday after going the Championship season unbeaten.

The promotion of Toulouse means there will be a French derby against Catalans Dragons in Super League in 2022.

Speaking to Sky Sports after their win over Featherstone, Houles said: “I’m lost for words. It’s unbelievable.

“When I see the crowd and the stadium like that… they pushed the boys all the way, it was unreal. It’s magnificent.

“Who would have thought a few weeks ago we would have a packed ground like that in a Grand Final? To get us promoted into Super League, it’s unbelievable.

“I love the boys, they have been outstanding all season. We had a project and I can’t credit them enough – the guys who played and the guys who didn’t play – they’ve supported everyone. We planned everything and it worked and when it works it is unbelievable.”

Cook Islands international Johnathon Ford, playing his 11th season with Toulouse, was given the captaincy by Houles earlier this year.

The 32-year-old half-back, who made three appearances for Sydney Roosters prior to his Toulouse move, will play in Super League for the first time next season.

Ford told Sky Sports: “I feel pretty speechless to be fair. It is huge.

“It’s big for rugby league in general to see the growth of the game, not just for us but for the community of Toulouse and for rugby league in France. That’s one of the main reasons why I’ve hung around for so long.

“I’m just proud of everyone who has turned out and put in and all the past players and everyone who I’ve played with along the way who’ve been part of this. It is pretty surreal, it is hectic but I’m stoked.”

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