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Toulouse Olympique

Toulouse Olympique
Full Name: Toulouse Olympique XIII
Nicknames: TO, Olympique
Founded: 1937
Ground: Stade Ernest-Wallon
Capacity: 19,500
City: Toulouse, France

Toulouse Olympique are one of the most historic Rugby League clubs in France and have enjoyed decades of success in the French system.

On the back of that, the club made the move over the RFL system in 2009 and after a brief return to Elite 1 in 2011, the club moved back to the British system with great success.

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Toulouse Rugby League

To casual fans of the sport, it may seem that Toulouse are a new club but they have a long and storied history and a culture of Rugby League in the city that has made it no surprise that they have made their way through the lower divisions across the channel to where they found themselves promoted to the Super League at the end of the 2021 season.

Now the challenge for TO13 is to not only establish themselves as a top table club in European Rugby League but to establish themselves and a top club capable of pushing on and challenging for honours.

If that can happen, it could be just what is needed for the French international scene and for the game as a whole.

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Rivals

Toulouse have a number of historic rivalries with clubs from Elite 1 in France but since joining the RFL pyramid, their rivals have become the Catalans Dragons as they battle to be the top French team- although this has been a friendly rivalry so far with both sides working together for the betterment of the sport across the channel.

Toulouse still have a team based in the French system, known as the Toulouse Broncos, who keep alive there more historic and local rivalries.

Colours

Toulouse’s colour scheme is blue and white with their home kits been predominately blue shirts with white shorts whilst there away kits are often the mirror of that, with a mostly white shirt but the away kit does change often.

Stadium

For much of their history, the club’s home stadium was the stade des Minimes (also known by the name of stade Arnaune) but as their aspirations of stepping up to Super League become more and more likely, it was deemed that they would need to have big improvements to their ground.

The decision was made to upgrade there ground to a 10,000 capacity stadium but sadly opposition from local residents led to the club needing to find another avenue.

Thankfully, the cities Rugby Union club came to an agreement for Olympique to share with them at the municipally owned Stade Ernest-Wallon ground and the club made the move there in the 2021 season and played their first ever Super League campaign there in the 2022 season.

History

The sport of Rugby League has a long and storied history in the city of Toulouse including in 1935, when the city hosted the first ever Lord Derby Cup final when the Lyon Vileurbanne defeated XIII Catalan.

On the back of that, the first ever club in the city was established but the Gallia de Toulouse club would only last for 2 matches before dropping out of the professional ranks and into the amateur game.

It didn’t take long another club to take over when Toulouse Olympique were formed in 1937 by Jean Galia- a former dual code international who is thought of as one of the founding fathers of Rugby a Treize in France.

Unfortunately, the club were soon forced to play Rugby Union as the ban on Rugby League in France came into effect and there home stadium was confiscated, which as was the case with all French clubs really halted their progress and they now were playing catch up to the cities Rugby union club after been the dominant side.

Upon the resumption of the sport in France, the club remained a team capable of competing at the top end of the table but that didn’t last long and the damage from the ban saw them drop out of the top flight and out of the limelight for 2 decades.

In the mid-1960’s the club rose back to prominence and after finishing runner sup in the top flight in the 1963-64 season, they went one better and won their first league title the next season after defeating US Villeneuve in the Grand Final.

The 1960’s saw the club also enjoyed success in the French cup although they did lose all 4 finals that they reached.

The 1970’s saw the continuation of success for TO as they picked up 2 more league titles and they won the 1976 cup final.

Unfortunately, that would go on to be the last success for quite some time for the club as the 80’s and 90’s saw the club struggle including a strange period between 1995-2202 when the club were named the Toulouse Spacers- due to the strong aerospace links in the city.

The new Millennium got off to a bright start as they returned to the top of the tree in France with a title win over AS Saint Esteve in that season Grand Final and the following season they finished runners up.

That led to them apply to become the next expansion club for the upper League but the Catalans Dragons were chosen over them and that left the club confined to the French leagues but they did at least revert back to their former and historic name.

In 2005, they made headlines around the world when they made it through to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup and even defeated Widnes who were then in the Super League live on BBC television.

With the club making big moves forward on and off of the field they made the decision to apply to join the RFL pyramid and that was granted in 2009 but with promotion to the Super League soon shut off under the licensing system, they returned to the French system and again enjoyed both league and cup successes.

In 2016 they made the return to the British system and after making quick work of League 1, they quickly became a top club in the Championship.

In 2017 they enjoyed success once more by winning the Championship Shield before losing the losing to Toronto in the 2019 Grand Final.

In 2021, they went one better after a season hit by the difficulties of travelling in that year, they somehow managed to keep focus on the field and after playing every game away from home until the play-offs, they went on to defeat Featherstone in the Grand Final and with that, they gained promotion to the Super League for the first time.

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