Southern France awaits for Barrow Raiders, who cross the channel to face Toulouse Olympique in Round Eight of the Betfred Championship.

With the two teams holding identical win/loss records after seven rounds, it promises to be a real battle for Paul Crarey’s men at the Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Raiders Head Coach discussed the current state of his squad, with several new additions representing a 'lifeline' for the club.

Crarey said: "We've got a few missing - but we've brought three in from Wigan and they've trained brilliant with us, so they've been a bit of a lifeline.

"We're waiting on Max Clark with a hamstring [injury], hopefully he'll come through when we do a fitness test on him.

"We'll have to mix and match, not for the first time this year, for what is a tough fixture to go to France but we've been training well."

Crarey spoke about the confidence the side now possesses following their 24-14 victory against Batley Bulldogs last time out.

"We stripped it back, played simple, defended the edges real well, and played off a great kicking game.

"So hopefully we can do that in Toulouse, which is probably a different animal on their own track."