Super League Team Guide: Bosc the man to beat for the Dragons
Team Name: Catalan Dragons
Ground: Stade Gilbert Brutus & Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Famous Fans: Stacey Jones (ex-player)
Super League Wins: None
Last Season: 7th
New Signings: Willie Tonga (Parramatta Eels), Todd Carney (Cronulla Sharks), Remi Casty (Sydney Roosters)
Head Coach: Laurent Frayssinous
A France international in the halves at the 2000 World Cup, Frayssinous has been involved with Catalan Dragons for over a decade, making the move from player to head coach at the end of the 2012 campaign.
Replacing the Sydney Roosters-bound Trent Robinson was always going to be a big ask by the Frenchman has fared well as the youngest coach in the history of Super League.
Along the way Frayssinous has been able to inject some young Gallic flavour into proceedings at Super Leagues’ one truly continental club and will be looking to improve on last season’s early exit to Hull FC in the play-offs.
Star Man: Thomas Bosc
A Catalan Dragons man through-and-through, Bosc has been with the club since 2006 but only truly came to the fore with the retirement of Stacey Jones some two years later.
Moved into the halves, the Frenchman has become the team’s playmaker in-chief with a keen eye for goal that has seen him become the first player in the history of Catalan Dragons to score over 1,000 points for the club.
Last season was another excellent one for Bosc, who racked up 167 points in total – the fifth highest tally in the league with 78 of these coming from his boot.
He will be determined to go kick-on again this season – pardon the pun.
Bosc’s boot got the Dragons out of trouble against Wakefield last season:
Super League Grand Final odds: 9/1
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup odds: 10/1