Sydney Roosters boss Trent Robinson is extremely keen about serving to flip France right into a rugby league nation that may compete with the world’s finest.
The 45-year-old has taken on a director of rugby position with the French nationwide staff forward of this yr’s World Cup in England. He is working alongside head coach Laurent Frayssinous to assist construct French rugby league on and off the sphere forward of their internet hosting of the World Cup in 2025.
“I had contact with Luc (Lacoste) the (French Rugby League Federation) president and Laurent when he was being supplied the job because the French coach,” Robinson advised The Roar’s World Cup Chasers podcast.
“There was a giant curiosity for me in helping the French having spent six years there in enjoying and training roles and likewise with my associate and youngsters being French.
“I wished to help Laurent within the French rugby league position – but additionally to have a barely longer-term view in getting French rugby league getting again to a greater spot internationally. That is an actual ardour for me.
“It is a huge second for French rugby league to have a World Cup on residence soil. It is vital for the event of the sport in not simply the boys’s, however the ladies’s, wheelchair and youth so there’s a watch on the 2025 for the French. “
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Robinson performed for Toulouse within the early 2000s earlier than touchdown his first head teaching position with Catalans Dragons in 2011.
The Australian needs to assist enhance the tradition of the French nationwide staff and assist them return to their glory days of the previous.
“I have been concerned with Toulouse and Catalans, the 2 skilled groups, however I have never been concerned with the French staff so I am to see what the values are after I go in and the way I have an effect on that,” Robinson stated.
“I am a giant believer in that DNA will get handed down by means of the jersey, whether or not we consciously understand it or not. The struggles by means of the Vichy regime and the banning of the sport within the Nineteen Forties after which the taking of grounds and golf equipment off rugby league, that was a giant half within the historical past of rugby league. I may really feel that rigidity from again then after I went within the early 2000s.
“Within the glories of the 60s and 70s, they’re the final nice bastions of the French rugby league groups, holding onto that custom and hearth of the French that comes by means of the historical past of rugby league.
“They’ve needed to combat for his or her historical past the entire time however how will we rework it right into a modern-day profitable nationwide staff? That is the query I’ve to work out as nicely. “
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However it’s not nearly this yr’s event for Robinson. It is about 2025 on residence soil and having a long-term imaginative and prescient for the game in France.
“There have been a few years within the early days of Tremendous League the place they actually took on New Zealand and Australia within the early 2000s, Robinson added.
“They took on Australia in Toulouse and New Zealand at Carcassonne and Laurent was part of that French staff that basically went after these groups on their excursions and narrowly misplaced to each of them.
“Worldwide rugby league is constructing now the world over. There’s a whole lot of curiosity. With Covid, the concept of getting journey and getting again abroad, there’s been some internationalism in rugby league which has created nice curiosity from an Australian finish. We have to actually push ahead as a French staff. “
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