“Why don’t they join the French League? Then they can have a derby every week” – How social media reacted to Toulouse’s promotion to Super League

A historic season for French rugby league in both the Super League and Championship ended on a high this weekend despite Catalans’ Grand Final loss to St Helens on Saturday. Why? Because Toulouse won a superb Million Pound Game to secure their place in Super League for next season in a massive step forward in terms of expansion for our great game. Well that was my take, but what was yours? How did social media react to Toulouse’s promotion?

Some fans were instantly pleased believing that Toulouse are a better addition to the top flight than relegated Leigh already.

One supporter continued this argument stating that their squad is already stronger than Leigh’s this season. That said, they still expect Toulouse to poach a few of Leigh’s best players over the winter.

In general, people were excited to welcome Toulouse into the competition.

The main selling point for most was the prospect of a French derby in next year’s Super League.

One fan implored Sky Sports to cover it at all costs.

One or two fans were pleased with their arrival but sat waiting for the inevitable negativity.

It certainly came as the age old question of ‘why don’t they play in the French league’ was raised once again.

One fan pushed against the criticism of Toulouse, suggesting they’ll bring just as much if not more to the league than the defeated Featherstone.

Another supporter turned to Bernard Guasch’s comments after his Catalans’ side were beaten in the Grand Final and jokingly suggested some French referees join Toulouse in Super League to appease the Catalans president.

Turning to the game itself, Remi Casty was excellent in his final game before retirement. He helped fire the French club to Super League as he cemented his status as French legend of rugby league and one French supporter was keen to tell the world.

The Tweet when translated reads: “Thank you for everything Rémi Casty! You are a legend of French rugby league. The only captain to have lifted the Cup, alone winner of the World Club Challenge, record holder of matches played for Catalans Dragons and twice selected in the Super League Dream Team.”

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