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Paris Saint-Germain RL
Founded 1995
Discontinued 1997
Colours Blue, red and white
Stadium Stade Charlety
(Capacity 20,000)

Paris Saint Germain were a rugby league club based in the suburbs of Paris, France who competed for the first two seasons of the Super League. Indeed, they played in the first ever Super League game in Paris in 1996 against the Sheffield Eagles.

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Foundation

The club was created by former rugby union coach Jacques Fouroux as a rugby league section of the successful Paris Saint Germain F.C.[1] in an attempt to give the new Super League a Continental European dimension. The assumption was that the larger population of the capital city and its transport links and accessibility for English supporters would give a French franchise the best chance of success.

John Kear was head coach with Dave Ellis his assistant. Other French rugby league clubs loaned their players to the new club for the first year but the players still had to play for the original clubs. The first game, on March 29th 1996 in the Charlety stadium, attracted a crowd of 17,873 and the team beat Sheffield Eagles 30-24 but after a few weeks the attendances tailed off as the defeats mounted. The club finished 11th in the first season, winning only three and drawing one.

In the second year other French clubs refused to loan players to Paris St Germain. As a consequence the team was filled with Australian players which was very costly. The club finished 11th again in Super League II, albeit this time with six wins. Their coach, Peter Mulholland who replaced John Kear was sacked part-way through the season [1]. Andy Goodway took over as head coach.[2] At this stage the attendances were low and the cost of paying players and travel to England meant the club was losing money.

At the end of the 1997 season the club was dissolved and the experiment was generally considered to be a failure.

Aftermath

French rugby league regrouped around its core clubs in the south and began to post good results in the Challenge Cup culminating in a semi-final appearance for Toulouse Olympique in 2005. During the competition they beat Widnes Vikings, then a Super League club.

In 2006 (Super League XI) Catalans Dragons joined Super League ending the 8 year wilderness period for France since the demise of the Paris club.

Player List

  • Darren Adams
  • Jerome Azema
  • Frederic Banquet
  • Troy Bellamy
  • Phillip "Phil" Bergman
  • Deon Bird
  • Vea Bloomfield
  • Pascal Bomati
  • John Boslem
  • Hadji Boudebza
  • Todd Brown
  • Justin Bryant
  • Didier Cabestany
  • Laurent Cambres
  • Arnaud Cervello
  • Pierre Chamorin
  • Alexandre Couttet
  • Nicolas Couttet
  • David Despin
  • Fabien Devecchi
  • James Durkin
  • Jason Eade
  • Abderazak El Khalouki
  • Patrick Entat
  • Paul Evans
  • Jonathan Griffiths
  • Anthony Hancock
  • Michael Hogue
  • Nicholas "Nick" Hyde
  • Pascal Jampy
  • Gregory Kacala
  • Jason Keough
  • Mark Lane
  • David Lomax
  • Laurent Lucchese
  • Shaun Mahoney
  • Jason Martin
  • Craig Menkins
  • Wilfried Moulinec
  • Matthew "Matt" O'Connor
  • David O'Donnell
  • Jamie Olejnik
  • Jules Parry
  • Regis Pastre-Courtine
  • Jacques Pech
  • Adam Peters
  • Michal Piscunov
  • Anthony "Tony" Priddle
  • Jean-Luc Ramandou
  • Philippe Ricard
  • Jeremy Robinson
  • Ian Russell
  • Jason Sands
  • Phillip "Phil" Shead
  • Wayne Sing
  • Daniel "Danny" Smith
  • Romain Sort
  • Romain Taylor
  • Frederic Teixido
  • Patrick Torreilles
  • Ian Turner
  • Gregory Tutard
  • Eric Van Brussell
  • Eric Vergniol
  • Anthony "Tony" Wall
  • George Wilson
  • Vincent Wulf
  • Bagdad Yaha
  • Ronel Zenon

References

  1. ^ Dine, Philip (2001). French rugby football: a cultural history. Berg Publishers. pp. 179. ISBN 1859733271, 9781859733271. http://books.google.com/books?id=mfXa0dXyN6YC&printsec=frontcover.  

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