Corentin Le Cam: Meet the 6 foot 8 French Giant hoping for a big future in Rugby League!
The World Cup is only two years away and lots of effort has been put into ensuring we deliver on our end, but what about our visitors? What can we expect in terms of talent and entertainment factor?
I took a closer look at France, who are the closest Rugby League playing nation outside of the British Isles. The most famous French Rugby League side are Catalans Dragons, who had a flourishing youth set up.
Last year Catalans Dragons U19s fought back a very dramatic victory over City of Hull Academy, you can watch this game on our YouTube channel at the end of this article.
The U19 set up looked to be developing a bright future, however this season it was announced the U19s will not be returning to the English Super League Academies competition, instead, the team have been put into the French U23 league.
I was keen to discover more about the grassroots set up and pathways across the English Channel, so I caught up with 19 year old Corentin Le Cam. A 6 foot 8 second row who played for Catalans Dragons U19 last season. Here’s what Corentin had to say to GRM SPORT.
Have you always played Rugby League?
“ I started playing sport from an early age beginning with Basketball. I then played Rugby Union until I was 10 years old and quickly switched to rugby league, mainly thanks to my friends. I have always played for Catalans Dragons, but this year there isn’t an U19 team. Instead, I am now playing U23 in Elite 1, which is the French Championship.
How would you describe your time at Catalans Dragons?
“I had a great time with the U19 team last year. I also had the chance to train with the First Team in pre-season. Now in the U23 competition in France, I have to work hard to fit in the team and gain recognition.
What are your greatest rugby memories?
“My memories include playing tough English teams, Probably the toughest team we played were Wigan 2 years ago. My greatest personal memory is winning the U19 European Cup in Serbia last year. Another great memory is Catalans Dragons winning the challenge cup last season.
Where do you see the future of Rugby League in France?
“ Rugby League in France is significantly less recognised than in England. But it is in constant evolution mainly thanks to Catalans Dragons improving every year and winning the Challenge Cup last season. I hope another French team will play in Super League, and it would be great to see an emergence of a French competition which is as competitive as the Super League. In general, I won’t change anything about Rugby League, I love the game and I don’t think the core values of the game needs to change.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
“ I would like to continue in rugby league but if I cannot achieve the professional level I will focus more on my studies but always stay close to sport.
Outside of Rugby, what do you get up to?
“ I am studying physiotherapy in Girona, I also like to play basketball.