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    Thought this was an interesting article about the state of Rugby League in southern France. Brings up some good points.
    https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post...gue-in-france/

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    Quote Originally Posted by forward ref View Post
    Thought this was an interesting article about the state of Rugby League in southern France. Brings up some good points.
    https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post...gue-in-france/
    It's an informative article.

    For more on how the rugby yawnion gobshites in France collaborated with the Nazis to get rid of the increasingly popular rugby league being played over there, this article from 2007 is good. In the emergence and development of early rugby league in France, we can see many parallels with the rugby story in Britain - being started by posh/wealthy men, but the game soon becoming dominated by tougher, stronger working class blokes yet the administration of the sport jealously guarded by those posh guys, whose class-derived arrogance led them to believe they had right of dominion over the plebs. When RL came along as an alternative to the anti-professional yawnion game, the posh blokes sought to weaken and destroy it. We only faced sanctions, prejudice and an anti-RL media agenda; in France, the weight of the Nazi-supporting wartime government forcibly and wilfully destroyed the game (and in post-war France, the pompous aristocrat de Gaulle and his government repeatedly refused to recompense 'Trieziste' clubs, and even blocked them from taking legal action to recover stolen assets).

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...t-5329198.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbo Again View Post
    It's an informative article.

    For more on how the rugby yawnion gobshites in France collaborated with the Nazis to get rid of the increasingly popular rugby league being played over there, this article from 2007 is good. In the emergence and development of early rugby league in France, we can see many parallels with the rugby story in Britain - being started by posh/wealthy men, but the game soon becoming dominated by tougher, stronger working class blokes yet the administration of the sport jealously guarded by those posh guys, whose class-derived arrogance led them to believe they had right of dominion over the plebs. When RL came along as an alternative to the anti-professional yawnion game, the posh blokes sought to weaken and destroy it. We only faced sanctions, prejudice and an anti-RL media agenda; in France, the weight of the Nazi-supporting wartime government forcibly and wilfully destroyed the game (and in post-war France, the pompous aristocrat de Gaulle and his government repeatedly refused to recompense 'Trieziste' clubs, and even blocked them from taking legal action to recover stolen assets).

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...t-5329198.html
    A good article, I wonder if a British based journalist would have written something like that for the Independent. A pity the FFR can't be made to repay the confiscated monies they received at current values. Particularly after the Government inquiry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbo Again View Post
    It's an informative article.

    For more on how the rugby yawnion gobshites in France collaborated with the Nazis to get rid of the increasingly popular rugby league being played over there, this article from 2007 is good. In the emergence and development of early rugby league in France, we can see many parallels with the rugby story in Britain - being started by posh/wealthy men, but the game soon becoming dominated by tougher, stronger working class blokes yet the administration of the sport jealously guarded by those posh guys, whose class-derived arrogance led them to believe they had right of dominion over the plebs. When RL came along as an alternative to the anti-professional yawnion game, the posh blokes sought to weaken and destroy it. We only faced sanctions, prejudice and an anti-RL media agenda; in France, the weight of the Nazi-supporting wartime government forcibly and wilfully destroyed the game (and in post-war France, the pompous aristocrat de Gaulle and his government repeatedly refused to recompense 'Trieziste' clubs, and even blocked them from taking legal action to recover stolen assets).

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...t-5329198.html
    Both good articles and Ive shared the Independent one of Facebook in the hope that some of my RU inclined friends might read it for a bit of perspective.

    Ive always been proud of the fact that my dad went out to France with a schoolboy team from St Helens in the 1930s to promote Rugby League over there. I know they went to Biarritz, Carcassonne, Perpignan and Paris. It must have been a real experience. Its good to read that the French Semi-Professional game appears to be flourishing.

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