Paris Saint-Germain Rugby League

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Paris Saint-Germain
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Club information
Full nameParis Saint-Germain Rugby League
Short namePSG Rugby League, PSG RL
Founded1995;26 years ago (1995)
Exited1997;24 years ago (1997)
Former details
Ground(s)
Chairman Jacques Larrose
Manager Andy Goodway
Captain David O'Donnell
Competition Super League
1997 11th
Active departments of
Paris Saint-Germain
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Football (Men's) Football (Youth Mixed) Football (Women's)
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Handball (Men's) Esports Judo (Mixed)
Closed departments of
Paris Saint-Germain
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Boxing (Men's) Rugby League (Men's)

Paris Saint-Germain Rugby League, commonly known as Paris Saint-Germain (French pronunciation:  [paʁi sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃] ) and familiarly as PSG Rugby League or PSG RL, was a French professional rugby league club founded in 1995, and based in the city of Paris in France. [1] The club was the rugby league department of Paris Saint-Germain until 1997. [2]

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PSG Rugby League played in the highest tier of European rugby, the Super League. Stade Sébastien Charléty in Paris, with a seating capacity of 20,000 spectators, was their home ground. [2] However, the capital club played once at Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié in Narbonne. [3]

PSG RL débuted against Sheffield Eagles at the Charléty in front of 17,873 spectators on March 29, 1996, with a team composed of a mixture of French, Australian and New Zealand players. [2] [4] An initiative from former French rugby union player and manager Jacques Fouroux, the Super League project lasted only two seasons (1996 and 1997), in which PSG RL also played in the 1997 Challenge Cup, 1997 World Club Challenge and the 1997 Premiership Trophy. [2] [5]

A scandal over undeclared contracts led to the dissolution of PSG Rugby League in September 1997. [6] PSG RL played its last match against Salford Reds in the Premiership Trophy on September 7, 1997. [4]

History

1996 season

Paris Saint-Germain Rugby League was officially founded as the rugby league department of parent club Paris Saint-Germain on December 23, 1995. Led by Jacques Fouroux, PSG RL became the only foreign club in the Super League, at the time it was exclusively composed of English teams. [1]

Fouroux pre-selected 40 players in the French championship, before announcing the final list of 26 players, which 9 foreigners (Australians, New Zealanders, Samoans, but also a Moldavian and a Polish). Darren Adams, former Racing 92 player, was the star of the team. [1]

On March 29, 1996, PSG Rugby League, managed by Michel Mazaré and assisted by David Ellis, made its Super League debut with a 30–24 victory over Sheffield Eagles at Stade Sébastien Charléty in front of 17,873 spectators. [4] However, the rest of the season wouldn't be as successful. PSG RL was given a reality check by Wigan Warriors (8–76), leading to a downward spiral of 11 defeats in a row. [1]

The catastrophic season saw the capital club finish 11th (out of 12) with only 3 wins and a draw in 22 games, while club president Jacques Fouroux resigned from all his duties at PSG on September 1, 1996, leaving the club in debt and facing an uncertain future. [1]

1997 season

PSG Rugby League, led by new club president Jacques Larrose, almost missed out on its second Super League season due to budget problems. The club had originally envisioned a 13 million francs budget, but fell short. To make up for the missing 5 million francs, PSG RL had to settle for just three French players (Pascal Bomati, club captain Pierre Chamorin and Fabien Devecchi) in the squad now managed by the Australian Peter Mulholland. [6]

As odd as it was beginning the season in the 1997 Challenge Cup (an English cup competition), even more incredible was the fact that PSG's squad consisted of 22 foreign players (21 Australians, one New Zealander) and only two of them were present the previous season: Deon Bird and Jason Sands. And just like its first season, PSG RL started with a win over Sheffield Eagles (18–4) before a series of defeats derailed its ambitions. [6]

Even though PSG defeated rock-bottom Castleford Tigers (13–8), English manager Andy Goodway was brought in to replace Mulholland. In June, the club took part in the 1997 World Club Challenge, and against all odds came out on top against Australian team Western Reds (24–0) at the Stade Sébastien Charléty. PSG RL followed up with mixed displays in the Super League: a win over Halifax (14–12) and then a loss to Castleford (8–20). [6]

In July, PSG returned to Australia for a disappointing second leg of the World Club Challenge before creating a major shock by dominating Wigan Warriors (30–28) in the Super League, one of the best English clubs at the time, in Charléty. A scandal followed, unfortunately. Two PSG board members in dispute with the Super League denounced the contracts of some club players (mostly the Australians) to the authorities. Instead of employment contracts, these players had tourist visas to avoid paying certain taxes in France. [6]

Even though the club, once again, finished 11th (out of 12) in the Super League, its statistics had improved with 6 wins in 22 games. However, the scandal led to the dissolution of PSG Rugby League just a week after the end of the Super League. [6] On September 7, 1997, PSG RL played its last match against Salford Red Devils in the 1997 Premiership Trophy. [4]

Seasons

Only Super League matches. [7]
WinnersRunners-upThird placePromoted Increase2.svgRelegated Decrease2.svg
No.Season Super League Challenge Cup World Club Challenge ManagerTop TryscorerTop PointscorerAttendance
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsPosPlayerTriesPlayerGoals
1 1996 223118398795−3977 11th Did not enterNone held Flag of France.svg Michel Mazaré Flag of France.svg Pascal Bomati 10 Flag of France.svg Patrick Torreilles 548,026
2 1997 226016362572−21012 11th R5 Group Stage Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Mulholland
Flag of England.svg Andy Goodway
Flag of New Zealand.svg Phil Bergman 14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jeremy Robinson 605,510

Competitive record

As of the 1997 season. [5]
CompetitionTSPldWDLGFGAGD
Super League 024491347601367−607
World Club Challenge 01510452132−80
Challenge Cup 0121014212+30
Premiership Trophy011001648−42
Total0552111408601559−699

Notable former players

As of the 1997 season. [1] [6]

Staff and management

Former club president Jacques Fouroux. Jacques Fouroux (1971, La Voulte).jpg
Former club president Jacques Fouroux.
As of the 1997 season. [2] [8]

Presidents

No.PresidentParis Saint-Germain
1 Flag of France.svg Jacques Fouroux 1995–1996
2 Flag of France.svg Jacques Larrose 1996–1997

Managers

No.ManagerParis Saint-GermainGWDLWin %
1 Flag of France.svg Michel Mazaré 1995–199622311813.64
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Mulholland 1996–199713301023.08
3 Flag of England.svg Andy Goodway 199717501229.41

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