Three U17 players from the FCL flew to the opposite ends to bolster the Pacific XIII squad for the tour of Australia.
Elio Cazanave, Mathis Dumont and Tom Guilhaumou left for Australia this Thursday and took a 24-hour flight to Townsville, Queensland. “I asked my father for the news and we didn't hesitate for a second, it was a great opportunity and experience. “, comments Tom, impatient to discover a new world.
“We are going to touch the dream of thirteen players, an exceptional experience that will allow us to face the best players in the world.“, adds Mathis. Elio shared the joy: “It's a dream! Let's meet young people from different backgrounds to share our passion together“.
Interviewed by coach Laurent Garnier, he is pleased with the contribution: “ These 3 FCL players are already 3 in the top divisions in mainland France. This expected repeat experience is only a plus in their sporting journey. “. A beautiful adventure that is only the starting point of a global project.” With this U17 team, a mix of young athletes from the French-speaking Pacific and mainland France, the aim is to build a core of French players. To support them in their sporting development over the years “, concludes the French technician based in Australia. The team will benefit from the facilities of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team. There are three matches on the schedule against Mackay (February 3), Townsville (February 6) and Northern Pride (February 9). , France scheduled for February 11 Before returning.
Derby in Carcassonne for U15 and U17 in the Coupe de France
FCL U15 and U17 meet This Saturday 16 and the coincidence of the 1 pm and 3 pm draws at the Benausse stadium in Carcassonne to challenge Carcassonne XIII in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, this double clash comes a bit earlier in this tournament. Odd teams do not play in the same groups in the championship and have never met this year.
In the juniors, FCL will need to play this match at 200% to beat the favorites Canaries. “We have ways to upset our opponent, but we have to respect the tactics and the game plan, facing a team with great personalities, but a clean and well-established game. ” Coach Nicholas Sellus analyzes.
In U17, FCL will be disabled due to absence of 3 players who went to Australia: “ The skeleton of the team needs to be replaced with a new hinge, but we have the means to compete.“A very strong team up front and made up of last year's U15 champions of France”, notes coach Stephane Martinez, who expects a competitive match.
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