French con­nec­tion vi­tal

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STEVE McNA­MARA holds Su­per League’s cred­i­bil­ity in his hands over the next few weeks.

It’s a fate the for­mer Eng­land boss wouldn’t have ex­pected when he joined Cata­lans in June.

At the time, the French side were dan­ger­ously close to the cut-off point for the Su­per 8s.

But he in­her­ited a strong enough squad to sug­gest he would pull them up the ta­ble.

In­stead, McNa­mara won just one of the re­main­ing five reg­u­lar games of the sea­son to con­demn the Dragons to the Mid­dle 8s.

Even then, with the lux­ury of four home games, they looked more than ca­pa­ble of sav­ing their skins.

But a nar­row win over Hal­i­fax at home has been fol­lowed by de­feats by War­ring­ton and Leigh. Now they are in trou­ble – and so is Su­per League if the French club go down.

With­out a Euro­pean el­e­ment to the com­pe­ti­tion, Su­per League will re­vert to be­ing a north­ern sport.

Toronto are at least a year away from help­ing the game spread across the At­lantic.

Lon­don dis­ap­peared from the top flight three years ago so we lost a pres­ence in the cap­i­tal.

If Cata­lans dis­ap­pear as well then the rep­u­ta­tion of the game will take a mas­sive hit.

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