Johnathon Ford has led Toulouse to the Super League. 21101112
Cook Islands rugby league superstar and Toulouse captain Johnathon Ford has lead his team to a spot in the Super League.
French side beat Featherstone 34-12 in the Million Pound Game on Sunday after
going the Championship season unbeaten.
promotion of Toulouse means there will be a French derby against Catalans
Dragons in Super League in 2022.
playing his 11th season with Toulouse, was given the captaincy earlier this
32-year-old half-back, who made three appearances for Sydney Roosters prior to
his Toulouse move, will play in Super League for the first time next season.
told Sky Sports: “I feel pretty speechless to be fair. It is huge.
big for rugby league in general to see the growth of the game, not just for us
but for the community of Toulouse and for rugby league in France. That’s one of
the main reasons why I’ve hung around for so long.
just proud of everyone who has turned out and put in and all the past players
and everyone who I’ve played with along the way who’ve been part of this. It is
pretty surreal, it is hectic but I’m stoked.”
Islands Rugby League president Charles Carlson said; “Our congratulations to
Jono for being named the captain for Toulouse after winning the French
Championship and promotion to the Super league competition in 2022.
is highly respected in the French competition and for Toulouse to qualify and get
promotion to the Super League competition is icing on the cake for a successful
is also good news for us as we prepare for the World Cup 2022 in England.”
said Ford had been a part of the Cook Islands national squad since the 2013
World Cup, and had represented Cook Islands in several international games in
in the Touluse squad is another Cook Islands international - Dominique Peyroux.
pair pretty much started their career together in rugby league and representing
Cook Islands at international level.
coach Sylvain Houles was left speechless after their promotion to Super League
to Sky Sports after their win over Featherstone, Houles said: “I’m lost for
words. It’s unbelievable.
I see the crowd and the stadium like that… they pushed the boys all the way, it
was unreal. It’s magnificent.
would have thought a few weeks ago we would have a packed ground like that in a
Grand Final? To get us promoted into Super League, it’s unbelievable.
love the boys, they have been outstanding all season. We had a project and I
can’t credit them enough – the guys who played and the guys who didn’t play –
they’ve supported everyone. We planned everything and it worked and when it
works it is unbelievable.”