“You can not ask for more”

How does this title make you feel in your first full season as a coach for these cadets?

It’s only happiness, it’s a terrible foot! The feeling is amplified. Between the night in Marcoussis, the Stade de France, the shield, the return to Agen, we could not dream of better for these children. VS …

How does this title make you feel in your first full season as a coach for these cadets?

It’s only happiness, it’s a terrible foot! The feeling is amplified. Between the night in Marcoussis, the Stade de France, the shield, the return to Agen, we could not dream of better for these children. It was their first official championship and they ended up as champions in France, in addition to Paris. This is the Grail! They had been told to create memories. They will be engraved for life.

You were scrum-half for AUS between 1991 and 1998. Did you experience similar feelings as a player?

Yes, I have known some, but not to the top … I still played in the final phase with Agen, I reached two quarters and two semifinals. But the best feelings are when you are a cadet or junior. This is where it’s really strong. All children are the same age, they live together in college. It has no price for them what they have just experienced.

0-13 at 25edid you think your youngsters were still capable of toppling this final?

Honestly, I think we doubted the bench. In addition, we were unlucky, the rain started to fall before kick-off. This is not necessarily an ideal situation with the movement game that we want to offer. The rain then stopped and there came a pride reaction that we had not even imagined. When they came back from 0-13 to eventually win 33-16, the boys had a fantastic second half. With all the staff, we are super proud. Everything we put in place all season, they recited it to perfection, it’s amazing.

What difference does it make for this meeting to tip in your favor?

Everything was done really well in the second half. The bench was restless, and with 70 minutes passed fc. Is it the emotional side that made us not be there for the first ten minutes? It is also possible. When we switched the first two players during the first half, it gave a boost. We hit them a bit, behind there was a terrible reaction and everything worked for us. Stopping the rain helped us, they were able to get over the movement game, and at the end we scored four beautiful attempts. We are really satisfied.

“We told them to create memories. They will be engraved for life.”

Was the joy even stronger because of this amazing scenario?

Honestly yes. In relation to the content of the break, in relation to what the boys were asked to do on the pitch, it is really nice as a staff. They actually recited everything they were asked to do throughout the season. They really had the perfect half. They peeled it off. They might as well have doubted, but they showed a remarkable state of mind by remaining in what they were asked to do. This is where they were super strong. Doing so beyond the Stade de France, as the curtain lifter for the Top 14 final, in front of parents and friends, is a source of pride for us. Therefore, we only ask to continue with them.

It is therefore a real collective victory against Massy’s individualities …

There is a super group that was born with these cadets. It’s definitely the fact that they’re mostly together in the sports department at Chaumié College. They live together all week, they sleep together. This core of Chaumié really creates a group that all the others are grafted into. The results helped, it created an emulation and this beautiful group of friends.

How to celebrate a title as champion in France with 15-year-old children?

You do not turn your head on rue de la Soif! We did not do much, we sang, we messed around, we drank Fanta and Cola. You can do no more with children of that age except to laugh and sing. But with this emotional side, you do not need much … There are exchanges, a glance, a hug. They give so much back that they are given on the field that there is not much need. That they’re 15 years old, that’s the beauty. They are children. And to see children happy, only sports can give such feelings.

When you have already raised a French champion shield as a 15-year-old, what can you dream of?

After tasting it, I think they will return. We will certainly not return to the Stade de France if we keep this group (Editor’s note: only the Gaudermen cadets, therefore first year, compete in the final as a curtain lifter to the Top 14). But the goal for them will be to relive the final stages, to relive those feelings and always to have this exchange. They are extraordinary children, they listen constantly, they are super pleasant, there is no strong head, they are always very attentive to everything that is said, they are fungi that transcribe everything they are taught. It is only happiness to train these children.

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