Catalans owner Bernard Guasch prepared for TWO MONTH UK stay to play again

BERNARD Guasch admits Catalans Dragons are prepared to spend TWO MONTHS in the UK to get their Super League season going again.

But they hope to spend a similar period in France to complete the campaign – the same would go for promotion-chasing Toulouse.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe seemingly put an end to any hopes of sport returning soon by declaring it outlawed until September.

That ended the Ligue 1 and 2 football seasons but Dragons chairman Guasch holds out hope Steve McNamara’s side can train in June.

But if it means spending July and August on the other side of the Channel when, or if, rugby league starts again, then they will do so.

He said: “If rugby league is forbidden in France until September, we will be like Toronto and Toulouse in having to to play in England over July and August.

“But we hope we will be authorised to train in France in June.

“However, at this moment in time, a lot is still unknown about the coronavirus and the amount that can be read into it is very short.”

The concept of Catalans training in June may seem impossible to some but the Dragons are seeking further clarity after Philippe’s announcement from the man is charge of enforcing lockdown, Jean Castex.

Guasch added: “If we stay here, rugby league is forbidden but in same cases, some show it can be organised if you don’t put people in a stadium.

“I know Jean Castex, who works for the Prime Minister about the end of lockdown and we have to write to him to explain the rules and the situations for us.”

Toulouse, who sat top of the Championship when rugby league shut down, insist it is too early to make a decision on what they will do.

Like Catalans, they will seek clarification from both the national government and regional government – in their case Occitanie – before taking a course of action.

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