Monie calls for a French resistance

French rugby league is not dead and buried according to national coach John Monie, despite the sides disappointing last placed finish in the 2008 rugby league World Cup.

The message from the French head coach is a message of persistence and patience for the once proud rugby league nation, with an emphasis on development and constant international competition the way to get them back to the top level.

Monie said French rugby league needed a shot in the arm in the form of more local teams in greater competitions, as well as turning the game on French soil into a greater nursery for future international stars.