Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons
Full Name: Ville de Perpignan Dragons Rugby League Football Club
Nicknames: Dragons, Dracs, Dracs Catalans
Founded: 2000
Ground: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Capacity: 13,000
City: Perpignan

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Catalans Rugby League

The Catalans Dragons (Dragons Catalans in French) or Catalan Dragons as they are often referred to in English, are one of the newer Rugby League teams in the world but can also point to a long history.

Based in the city of Perpignan in the Pyrenees-Orientales region in the South of France are the only team outside of the British Isles to have played in the UK Rugby League top flight where they have been a huge success story and have paved the way for the likes of Toulouse Olympique and the Toronto Wolfpack.

The club were formed by the merger of 2 local clubs XIII Catalan and AS Saint Esteve who were of course rivals with each other. In recent times the biggest rivalry has been with London (due to meeting in the Magic Weekend and been the 2 ‘outsider’ clubs in Super League but there is also a healthy rivalry between themselves and Toulouse as the leading French Rugby League teams.

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Rivals

The club were formed by the merger of 2 local clubs XIII Catalan and AS Saint Esteve who were of course rivals with each other. In recent times the biggest rivalry has been with London (due to meeting in the Magic Weekend and been the 2 ‘outsider’ clubs in Super League but there is also a healthy rivalry between themselves and Toulouse as the leading French Rugby League teams.

Colours

The Dragons colours scheme, white, red, blue and yellow has become easily recognisable to all Rugby League fans despite been a new club. The colours were taken both from the colours of the 2 merger teams and also they are colours associated with the Catalan region.

Stadium

When first entering the Super League, The Dragons played out of Stade Aime Giral, a multipurpose stadium in Perpignan which is most famous as been the home of Rugby Union side USA Perpignan. This was due to their own stadium Stade Gilbert Brutus been renovated and expanded.

There has been stadium on the current site since 1962 where it was home to the Northern Catalonia Rugby League team. One of the merger teams that formed the Dragons, XIII Catalans were using the at the time of the formation of Catalans Dragons. The Dragons took over at the start of the 2000’s when the stadium had a capacity of just 4200 with 900 seats.

Ever since then the club have continued to upgrade and rebuild the stadium with the last major changes bringing capacity up to 13,000.

History

Based in Perpignan in the Rugby League heartlands of the South of France, the Catalans Dragons were formers by the merger of XIII Catalan and AS Saint Estève in 2000. This new team became known as Union Treiziste Catalane (UTC), before renaming to the Catalans Dragons upon acceptance to the Super League.

Just before they entered the Super League they dominated the domestic competition in France winning both the French Championship and the Lord Derby Cup in 2004 and 2005.

Due to less stringent visa laws in France and the lifestyle the club can offer, the Dragons have been able to bring in some of the biggest names from the Southern Hemisphere with the likes of Greg Bird, Todd Carney and Jason Ryles calling Perpignan home. The club have also produced many talented French players, which can only be to the benefit of the international game game where the Dragons have now become almost a feed club for the French national side.

For the French team to become successful they need to have a larger playing pool to pick from and thanks in no small part to the conveyer belt of talent coming out of the Dragons, many English teams now feature at least 1 French playing with the majority having their roots in and around the city.

The Dragons are known for their exciting brand of rugby, with off loads almost expected in every set and of course for their big forwards. Unfortunately, in recent seasons they have also become known for losing matches they were expected to win and for their lack of discipline. It’s difficult to know whether it is a club culture issue or a simply ‘Gallic Flair’ but no matter what the reason it does help the Dragons to become one of the must watch teams in Super League as you never know if you are going to see them at their brilliance best or if they are going to fall apart in front of your eyes.

Due to been the only fully professional club in France and been incredibly well run from a business point of view off of the field, the club have one of the biggest revenues in the Northern Hemisphere and even have their own television deal in France that allows each one of their matches to be broadcast live. This not only means that there is a video referee at every home match for the Dragons but it also means that every home match is shown live in the UK via SkySports.

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