Pool A: Francia Scozia Irlanda
Pool B: Galles Libano Italia
Intanto si fanno davvero insistenti le voci che danno dal 2012 una nuova franchigia Francese in Super League, ovvero la costola a XIII di Monsieur Max (W l'Italie) Guazzini!!!!
Eguardate un po' chi sta guidando la carovana oltre la manica.... siete sorpresi? Si lui il Sig. Laporte!
Saluti PRIT could soon be Paris here we come - again!
Max Guazini, the multi-millionaire owner of the Stade de France, and the casino-owning Patouche family want the 13-a-side code back.
The job of returning Super League to the French capital - Paris St Germain lasted three seasons from 1995 - has been handed to Bernard Laporte.
I understand Laporte, the former French Minister of Sport and French rugby union international coach, was in England this week to meet the Rugby League International Board to update them on the project.
Stade Francais, the union team also owned by Guazini, recently pulled in 80,000 for a Top 14 fixture with Toulouse. And Guazini is convinced 'the other code' would be equally successful in Paris - though probably in a newly-built 30,000-40,000 capacity venue.
He and the Patouche family would also entirely fund the new team, which would more than likely be fast-tracked into Super League rather than having to come through the other two divisions.
At the moment the Catalans Dragons receive huge financial assistance from Super League Europe and the English RFL fund Championship club Toulouse as well.
A source close to Laporte said: "A new team is the buzz word in Paris. The money men are convinced they can make a go of it."