2021 has been a huge year for French rugby league.
Catalans produced their best ever Super League campaign this year finishing top of the table thanks to an amazing comeback win over St Helens at the Magic Weekend.
After lifting the League Leaders’ Shield, they went on to defeat Hull KR in the semi-finals and book their place in an inaugural Grand Final against St Helens in which they fell to defeat by just two points as the Saints secured a third consecutive title.
Meanwhile in the Championship, Toulouse went the season unbeaten before securing a place in Super League with victory over Featherstone in the Million Pound Game.
The two teams had dominated the league in 2021 with Featherstone’s only defeat in the league coming at the hands of the French outfit meaning they finished just behind them in the table.
However, the Rovers fulfilled more of their fixtures which left some believing that they should’ve been awarded top spot at the expense of Toulouse and perhaps the subsequent home advantage in the Million Pound Game could’ve led to a different result.
Instead history was made with Toulouse becoming the second French team in Super League thanks to their triumph meaning we can all look forward to a first ever Super League French derby next season.
In celebration of this, Sky Sports included Toulouse’s promotion in their advent calendar on Twitter this morning with the highlights from the game taking day four thanks to Toulouse’s status as the fourth biggest city in France.
Who is looking forward to a French Derby next season? pic.twitter.com/asGy7ZsR46
— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) December 4, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Toulouse were quick to retweet the 2:25 video published on Sky Sports’ Twitter page this morning as they relived the biggest win in their history.
However, shortly afterwards Featherstone got in on the fun replying with an exasperated gif.
— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) December 4, 2021
It was all in good fun and many believe Featherstone could soon join Toulouse in Super League with the Rovers knuckling down in the off season and pulling off some major coups including the arrival of Super League’s most successful coach Brian McDermott and former NRL Grand Finalist Joey Leilua.
Subsequently, many consider them the favourites for promotion in 2022. S,o perhaps the Rovers could be celebrated in Sky Sports’ advent calendar next year.