Toulouse home game against Widnes to be played at Swinton

A general view of the Heywood Road stadium, the home of Swinton Lions

Toulouse are to switch their home Championship game against Widnes to Heywood Road, the home of Swinton, because of the impact of the pandemic.

Part-time teams were given dispensation by the RFL not to travel to France after they were told by the UK Government they would have to go into quarantine on their return.

London Broncos were made an exception because they, like Toulouse, are full-time and their refusal to travel for the game earlier in April resulted in the French club being awarded a 24-0 victory.

Saturday’s home game against Featherstone has been postponed and is likely to be rearranged for later in the year but Toulouse’s match against Widnes will now take place 24 hours later than scheduled, on Sunday, May 9, as part of a double-header with Swinton playing Bradford at 11:45am.

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The French club will cover the cost of staging the match at Heywood Road and also pay the production costs to enable it to be shown on the OurLeague app in return for 90% of the pay-per-view income.

Toulouse are hoping the restrictions will be relaxed in time for their next scheduled fixture at Stade Ernest Wallon on the weekend of May 22-23 when Swinton are due to be the visitors.

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