Toulouse have announced that they will be taking part in a training day alongside NRL Champions Sydney Roosters next month. The event will take place on February 13 at the Sport and Intelligence National Centre in Paris, four days ahead of their World Club Challenge meeting with the Wigan Warriors.
Toulouse Head Coach Sylvain Houles is a former team-mate of Roosters boss Trent Robinson, with the pair having spent time together playing at the Stade des Minimes. Robinson, who was voted Best NRL Coach of 2013, also spent time as Head Coach of the French side in 2005. On the chance to train with the French side, Robinson said: “I’m looking forward to the boys experiencing it.”
Sydney Roosters and Toulouse Olympique have announced a new initiative this pre-season, as the two clubs will training together at the INSEP (Sport and Intelligence National Centre) in Paris on the 13th February. Last season’s NRL champions will stop in Paris en route to facing Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge four days later. The move came about through the relationship between Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles and Roosters counterpart Trent Robinson, as the two played together at the French club before Robinson turned to coach them in 2005, taking over from Justin Morgan who had joined Hull KR.
Robinson then went on to coach Catalans Dragons between 2011-2012, after spells as assistant at Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters under Brian Smith, before returning to the NRL with Roosters ahead of the 2013 season.
Super League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced that a reserve grade competition will be relaunched in 2020. The 11 English Super League clubs approved a proposal for all Super League clubs to have a reserve team. Clubs outside Super League with a category one academy, such as Widnes and Bradford, will also have a side.
A competition without age restrictions has not been held since 1997 - then known as the Alliance League.
Super League chief executive Robert Elstone said: "It is essential that we offer appropriate challenges to our young players on their journeys into Super League.
A decision about if and when the Championship and League One seasons should resume has again been delayed.
A video conference involving clubs outside the Super League failed to reach a conclusion, despite being presented with reports from two working groups set up to investigate costs, logistics and revenue opportunities.
Now clubs have been invited to submit their views via a survey.
They will be considered by the Rugby Football League Board on 6 July.
It is believed that several clubs - the most prominent being Leigh and Featherstone - are pushing for a restart in order to create a meaningful competition that could lead to possible promotion into Super League.
Other clubs fear the cost of restarting, behind closed doors to begin with, would be prohibitive.
The Rugby Football League are hoping for the Championship and League One to return to action by March 2021.
The RFL hopes to resume fixtures even if spectators are not permitted.
But it is hoped that Easter weekend, from 2-5 April, could see fans allowed to watch local derby matches.
While Super League resumed in August, no games have been played in England's second or third tiers since the coronavirus pandemic caused sport to be halted in March.
An RFL statement said: "The clubs met virtually today and debated a number of possible fixture schedules for 2021 - all of which involve some matches in March.
"That is likely to involve the return of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, possibly on a group basis in the early stages to allow the clubs to guarantee more home fixtures - and provide the realistic prospect of reaching a Wembley final next July."
RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer added: "The timing of the Easter weekend at the start of April, when we all fervently hope and expect crowds to be permitted back at our grounds, provides something for us all to anticipate with relish."