The Union Treiziste Catalane (UTC) was created in 2000 by the amalgamation of Catalan XIII and Saint-Estève, the two historical powers of French Rugby League. UTC then won the double, Cup and Championship, in 2005. The following year the club turned professional and joined the Super League at the invitation of the British Rugby Football League, so linking up with the eleven best English clubs.
The following season was one of gathering momentum, with great encouragement from the team sponsors, local government agencies and supporters. In only one year the number of season ticket holders increased from 2000 to 3500! The partially renovated Gilbert Brutus Stadium was the ideal setting for the 13 home matches and the average attendance increased to more than 8,150 .
The Dragons had an exceptional season in 2008 finishing in third place and qualifying for a place in the end of season play-offs and after having been, for a time, close to overtaking Leeds, the leaders. These excellent results by the club did not escape the notice of IDEC, the new shirt sponsors, or of that giant of special events organisation - GL Events. The crowd continued to grow with and the average attendance at Gilbert Brutus increasing from 5,500 in season 2006 to 8,500 in 2008, with nearly 4,500 season tickets being sold. Being awarded the franchise from 2009 to 2012 was yet another stage on the way to greater fame.
With a reshuffling of the coaching staff, season 2009 was conspicuous for chequered performances by a team with enormous but rarely exploited potential. It was only towards the end of the season that Kevin Walters' men woke up and went chasing the last qualification place against St Helens. After this match the Dragons' season took a very different direction, the players started to play well and once again found the qualities which had made them such a force in previous years. In the last 16 and in the quarter final the Dragons eliminated the clubs from Wakefield and Huddersfield respectively, and this on their own grounds. The Catalans were then only 80 minutes from the final at Old Trafford but on the road to Manchester, they then encountered Leeds, the defending champions and cup holders. At the end of an exceptional match, the “final that should have been” according to the experts, the Dragons succumbed with a score of 27-20, but with the satisfaction of having reached the semi-finals of the Super League championship for the first time in their history. The Dragons also passed the 5000 mark for season ticket sales and acquired two new national sponsors, Yoplait and Sea France, testifying to the continuing rise of the club.
2009 : Super League semi-final
2010 : Challenge Cup semi-final
2014 : Super League semi-final