Why rugby league fans across the world should follow France’s top tier | Gavin Willacy

The Elite 1 league, which returns this weekend after its festive break, is packed with former NRL and Super League stars

How’s this for a star-studded bill: New Zealand centre and 2020 NRL Grand Finalist Dean Whare; former North Queensland, Penrith and Papua New Guinea hooker James Segeyaro; Super League 2018 winner Morgan Escaré; former Queensland half-back Corey Norman; and NRL and Super League winner Joseph Paulo. All of them have signed for Elite 1 clubs in France and should be in action when the league returns on Saturday.

Despite there being world-renowned players in every game, there will be next to no TV or press coverage, and only be a few hundred fans watching on inside humble grounds at various small towns. Such is the strange world of Elite 1, where international stars go about their well-paid business in a media vacuum.

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Rugby league: 10 emerging European players to watch in 2023

As players return to their clubs for pre-season training, here are 10 Europeans who made their names at the World Cup

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required

With only England making it to the quarter-finals, European countries had a disappointing Rugby League World Cup. But there were many standout individual performances by players previously unknown to NRL and Super League viewers. Here’s a look at emerging talent worth monitoring in 2023.

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