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Queensland Cup – Loïc Taurin: “In Australia, rugby league is really a cultural thing” – Rugby à XIII

Loc Taurin, former player of Carcassonne, Limoux and Villefranche-de-Rouergue, tells of his beginnings and life in Australia.

Can you introduce yourself, Loic?

Loïc Taurin, 28, second line or center.

Halfway through the season with Villefranche-de-Rouergue, I went to Australia. Why this choice?

I left because I had the chance to play in Australia and I couldn’t turn it down.

For which club do you play and at what level?

I play for Moranbah Miners in Queensland. The level is just below the Queensland Cup.

Are you playing with ex-Ligue 1 players, or will you play against some?

Yes, I will be playing against my former teammate and friend Sam Johnston and one of my coaches, Justin MacKay, played at Limoux.

You recently played your first game. Tell us about your experience, and what difference did you find with French rugby league?

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited to play a match, but here rugby league is really a cultural thing and the atmosphere in the stadium can make you want to play. The biggest difference is, I would say it’s a lot more aggressive than in France.

What has been the rhythm of your life since you were in Australia?

I work in a bar with my girlfriend and my schedules are arranged according to training and matches.

How long do you plan to stay there?

Once the season naturally ends we plan to enjoy and discover Australia so I don’t know yet how long I will be staying in Australia.

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