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Villeneuve, whose coach Oliver Janzac signed a new deal this week, beat Palau 60-4 in a catch-up game.
The Broncos led through Mike Parenti early on, but the Leopards ran in 11 downs after shattering the visitors’ resolve after 20 minutes.
Star player Thomas Lasvenes scored a hat-trick to win a personal 28-point run, with Stan Robin and Kenzo Benouahab adding two tries apiece.
It was the only game of the weekend after the scheduled meetings between Lezignan and St Esteve, plus Carcassonne against St Gaudens, were postponed due to coronavirus.
The final of the French Elite 1 Championship will be broadcast live on viaOccitanie, as well as on the new Sport in France channel. The final will be played in a neutral venue yet to be confirmed in June.
Rule of six still to be implemented
The French Federation has confirmed that the so-called six-still rule will be applied from this weekend. Already in place in the NRL and Super League, it is introduced following recent updated guidelines on International Rugby League laws ahead of the World Cup.
A pair of dragons have their chance in Toulouse
Toulouse signed the young pillar Hugo Salabio and winger Jordan Flovie on loan from St Esteve. The duo will team up with Sylvain Houles’ championship team for at least two weeks as they continue their development. Both were part of the victorious St Esteve squad in 2019 and played for France’s national teams.
Lezignan prop heads for America
John Talisa became the last Elite 1 player to confirm his stint in the new North American Rugby League with the Atlanta Rhinos. Talisa, 23, joined Lezignan on loan from Villefranche after the Elite 2 season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Recognition of wheelchairs in France
France was elevated to rank 1 in the wheelchair rugby league, joining England, Australia and New Zealand. Players who represent a Tier 1 nation cannot play for other Tier 1 nations, but may play for non-Tier 1 nations subject to normal eligibility rules. Chair of the IRL Wheelchair Advisory Group, Pippa Britton, said: “Members of the WHAG were asked to review the eligibility rules as they apply to wheelchair play and it was felt that the France, as the current World Cup holder, should be recognized as a Tier 1 nation. “
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Elite 1 Championship calendar
- Carcassonne v Limoux (Sat, 14.30 UK)
- St Esteve v Avignon (sam, 15h00)
- St Gaudens v Villeneuve (sam, 16h00)
- Albi in Toulouse (Sat, 5:00 p.m.)
- Palau v Lezignan (dim, 14h00)