While the announcement of Laurent Frayssinous as head coach of the Catalan Dragons for the 2013 season may not come as a shock to league followers, the decision is certainly an interesting one.

Frayssinous has picked up a two year deal with the option to extend to a third with Chairman Bernard Gausch believing him to be the ideal candidate to take the Dragons forward. He takes the post from departing Aussie Trent Robinson who returns to his homeland to take the helm at the Sydney Roosters.

…fly the Stade Gilbert Brutus beast…

As the first ever French coach for the Dragons, Frayssinous will attempt to fly the Stade Gilbert Brutus beast previously dominated by Australians in his first shot at a head coach role. Since the Dragons inaugural season in 2006, the coaching team has been monopolised by Australians with David Waite filling the role initially until the arrival of Mick Potter, whom Frayssinous carved his coaching craft under, followed by Kevin Walters and the incumbent Robinson.

At 35, Frayssinous also inherits the tag of youngest head coach in the 2013 Super League competition, a ticket previously reserved for his predecessor until the recent appointment of Francis Cummins at the Bradford Bulls.

…key figure in the coaching line-up…

Frayssinous is no stranger to the Catalan community, playing for the club in their maiden season in 2006 and has been a key figure in the coaching line-up ever since, following his retirement from playing in 2007. His experience also spills onto the international scene, holding the assistant coach position for France’s national team during 2007 and 2008.

While holding the youngest coach title in the league may seem noteworthy to some, a look at modern league history indicates this shouldn’t be a factor in the upcoming season’s results. Frayssinous will bring to the plate the exact same ingredients as those at the top of the league echelon have brought and are still currently bringing – cue league royalty Tony Smith, Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy, all coaches at the top of their game who took on their first major roles in comparable circumstances – mid thirties, ex-players coming from assistant coaching positions. The one “extenuating” factor is his nationality, with unnecessary emphasis being put on being the first ever French coach for the side, yes French in birth perhaps, but undoubtedly Australian-educated when it comes to the subject matter.

…see how the season plays out…

So while he may be the first French head coach at the Dragon’s, the youngest coach in the 2013 Super League season and in his first ever head coach role, fans should wipe their prematurely sweaty palms and see how the season plays out as to whether these titles are remotely relevant in Frayssinous’ breathing some fire into the Dragon’s 2013 campaign.

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After playing various sports relatively well from a young age, as most people can when their knees are brand new and running is considered fun, the ability to do so has miraculously dried up and I've now funnelled the still-very-much-present obsession into writing about sports instead and all the overflowing subject matter that surrounds it.

3 Responses

  1. Jess Linnesta

    Great article! Informative and engaging. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It’ll be interesting to see how Frayssinous trekks but I think he’ll work wonders. Thanks.


  2. Yvonne Jennings

    Well written both articles,very expressive and informative.Look forward to reading more.



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