New French season to kick off with Magic Weekend

The new domestic season in France will start in November with a Magic Weekend format round of fixtures.

St Esteve XIII Catalans will face Carcassonne in a repeat of the recent Grand Final as part of the kick-off weekend on 16 November.

Lezignan face Limoux, Albi take on Villeneuve, Toulouse Broncos meet St Gaudens and Palau will battle Avignon.

The top six at the end of the season will qualify for the play-offs.

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The top six then qualify for the end of season play-offs, with the top two advancing straight to the semi-finals.

First place will play the winners of 3rd v 6th, while second place will play the winners of 4th v 5th.

The two winning semi-finalists then play in the Championship Final on the weekend of June 13/14.

See the full fixture list

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