Dominique Peyroux gave five years of his career to St Helens from 2016 to 2020 and in that time helped St Helens return to the top playing in their Grand Final win in 2019 and the 2020 decider in what was his final game for the Saints.
But come Round Six of Super League this season he’ll be taking on his former side as Toulouse continue a difficult start which will see them face difficult fixtures against the likes of Wigan and Warrington.
No doubt it will be an emotional day when he travels over to the Totally Wicked Stadium in September to play his first game at the ground since St Helens’ semi-final win over Catalans in 2020.
Before that, the Saints take on Toulouse away and speaking about this ahead of the start of Super League Peyroux admitted he was both excited and emotional about the prospect.
“Hopefully we get the win,” he said, “It’s going to be tough for us but exciting at the same time. I think it’s going to be a bit weird. I spent five years there so it’s definitely going to be a bit emotional but at the same time I want bash the heads.
”I’m looking forward to the game against St Helens.”
Taking on the Champions so early in the season having just been promoted is daunting enough but battling two other main contenders in the shape of Wigan and Warrington in the opening six rounds makes it all the more tough and Peyroux emphasised the importance of making a good account of themselves against the top teams.
”It’s massive, they’re the benchmark of Super League and they’re the standards we need to be at,” the Toulouse forward said, “It’s important for us to do our best against those elite teams with experience behind them. We’ll do our best and hopefully we’ll get the win.”
Toulouse’s season didn’t get off to a good start last night as they lost 42-14 to Huddersfield. Toulouse had led 10-0 early in the game but went on to lose the second half 26-4. That was without talisman Mark Kheirallah as rumours circle about his future which prompted Sylvain Houles to note his ambitions to strengthen his squad soon when asked by Sky Sports yesterday.
Next week, they play Salford who come into the game having beaten Castleford away last week.