TOULOUSE are to host Toronto Wolfpack at the French city’s rugby union citadel, Stade Ernest Wallon, on March 9.
Olympique announced the venue switch this morning (Friday), thanking the stadium’s regular tenants, 15-a-side heavyweights State Toulousain, for facilitating the event.
“Always in order to promote and develop rugby league in France, and in line with a successful first relocation to the stadium of Albi in June 2018, the (club) decided to renew the experience,” a Toulouse Olympique statement said.
“The Toulousains have this year decided to stay on their land and invest in an enclosure of another size.
“This meeting is already marked by a particular interest since it will be the confrontation between the two non-English teams of the division and direct competitors for the climb to the next level.”
Stade Ernest Wallon boasts 19,000 seats and has hosted major representative rugby union matches, including internationals.
Olympique usually play at the much smaller Stade Ernest Argelès. It was there last year that the Canadians edged out the French 24-22 in a thriller.