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Toulouse Olympique are a Frenchmarker professional rugby league team from Toulousemarker, in the southwest of France. They were founded on 22 October, in 1937 two years after the founding of the French Rugby League Federation. Between 1995 and 2002 the club were known as Spacers de Toulouse, due to links with the local aerospace industry. They currently play in the Co-operative Championship, the second tier competition below the Super League Europe, having joined in time for the 2009 season. This followed being denied a Super League licence.

The club has played in six Lord Derby Cup finals, but has never won the competition, they have however been champions of France on four occasions, as well as runners-up in five years.

History

In March 1937, the Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII decided to establish rugby league in Toulouse, they bought the Arnauné stadium and formed Toulouse Olympique.

The first match Toulouse played was on 24 October 1937 against Albi. In 1938, Toulouse Olympique merged with another club in the city, Galia Club Toulousain. In 1939, TO reached for the first time the Cup final in France. During the war years, the club opted (like other rugby league clubs in France) to play rugby union, following the ban on rugby league by the Vichy regime in France. In 1944, Toulouse reached the Semi-Final of the French Cup in rugby union. In the mean time the Arnauné stadium wass confiscated by the State like most of the assets of the French Federation of rugby league. Following liberation by the Allies and the restoration of the French Championship, the club was on the losing side twice when they met Carcassonne in the finals for the 1944-45 and 1945-46 competitions. After a decade away from the top, another strong team emerged that included Pierre Lacaze and Georges Aillères.

In 1995, Toulouse Olympique changed their name to Spacers de Toulouse (or Toulouse Spacers) and kept this until 2002. In 2000, the club won the championship. Toulouse's ambition to join Super League grew but in 2003, their application was rejected by the Rugby Football League in favour of Union Treiziste Catalane.

In 2005 Olympique became the first French club ever to reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, when they defeated Super League side Widnes Vikings 40-24. They went on to lose 56-18 to world champions Leeds Rhinos in the semi-final at the Galpharm Stadiummarker, Huddersfieldmarker.

2009

Toulouse Olympique XIII's main objective is to be accepted into Super League. In 2006, the RFL decided to introduce franchising for the 2009 Super League season with the number of clubs being increased from 12 to 14. Toulouse were one of the applicants, but failed to win a licence, losing out to the 12 existing Super League clubs, Salford City Reds and the Celtic Crusaders. After the announcement however, the Rugby Football League invited the French Rugby League Federation to nominate a team to enter the second tier Co-operative Championship (previously National League One) for the 2009 season. [169637]

Toulouse Olympique will apply in the next round of franchising to be accepted in Super League in 2012.

2009 Squad

No Nat Player Age Position Former Club International

1 Rory Bromley Centre Redcliffe Dolphins -

2 Sébastien Payan Winger Catalans Dragons -

3 Sébastien Planas Centre Toulouse Olympique Yes

4 Damien Couturier Centre Toulouse Olympique -

5 Joris Canton Winger Toulouse Olympique -

6 Constant Villegas Scrum Half Toulouse Olympique Yes

7 Nathan Wynn Scrum Half Sydney Bulls -

8 Brendan Worth Prop Penrith Panthers -

9 Martin Mitchell Hooker Parramatta Eels reserve -

10 Mathieu Griffi Prop Catalans Dragons Yes

11 Timothy Wynn Second Row Parramatta Eels reserve -

12 Mathieu Almarcha Second Row Toulouse Olympique -

13 Eric Anselme Second Row Leeds Rhinos Yes

14 Antoni Maria Second Row St Gaudens -

15 Jérôme Gout Prop Toulouse Olympique -

16 Olivier Pramil Prop New York Knights Yes

17 Yohan Barthau Second Row St Gaudens -

18 Adrien Viala Winger Toulouse Olympique -

19 Nicolas Delgal Scrum Half RC Albi XIII -

20 Sylvain Houles Loose Forward Toulouse Olympique Yes

21 Bruno Ormeno Centre Toulouse Olympique -

22 Nicolas Faure Hooker Toulouse Olympique -

23 Cédric Gay Hooker Toulouse Olympique -

25 Teli Pelo Winger Ramonvillea -

31 Clément Bienes Winger Toulouse Olympique -

Maxime Cicirko Prop Carpentrasmarker -

Mathias Erhart Winger Toulouse Olympique -

Yohann Gigord Hooker Toulouse Olympique -

Benjamin Guiral Prop Toulouse Olympique -

Kevin Larroyer Second Row Toulouse Olympique -

Kevin Liguoro Winger Toulouse Olympique -

Andrei Olari Loose Forward Toulouse Olympique -

Jean-Christophe Borlin Prop St Gaudens Yes

Carlos Mendes Varela Centre Lyon Villeurbanne -

Florian Quintilla Second Row Catalans Dragons Yes

Yoan Tisseyre Second Row Lezignan Sangliers Yes


2009 Transfers

2009 Signings

Nat Name Moved From Contract Length
Nathan Wynn
Thimoty Wynn
Mattieu Griffi
Martin Michell
Eric Anselme
Brendan Worth
Sébastien Payan
Antoni Maria
Olivier Pramil
Nicolas Delgal
Yohan Barthau


2009 Transfers

Nat Name Moved To Date Departed
Frederic Vaccari Catalans Dragons September 2008
September 2008


Honours



Average attendance

  • 2007-2008 : 1,500
  • 2009 : 2,288


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