Rugby (Pro D2). SU Agen continued in Fast and Furious mode

LThe awakening was strong this Monday morning in the Armandie annex. Vincent Farré’s partners were entitled to a test for their reunion after five weeks of vacation. Not the kind of quiz you fill out on a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The Bronco Test – consisting of…

LThe awakening was strong this Monday morning in the Armandie annex. Vincent Farré’s partners were entitled to a test for their reunion after five weeks of vacation. Not the kind of quiz you fill out on a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The bronco test — consisting of chains back and forth for 20 meters, then 40 meters and 60 meters, all repeated five times — is a real ordeal for an athlete in the recovery phase. Above all, it is a relentless indicator of a rugby player’s form. On this side, the manager Bernard Goutta was reassured. He didn’t see anyone “really picky”.


The Agenais could touch the ball during a small group attack save.

Frederic Cormary

“When you’re physically on the street, you’re not having fun. “Excited to see his players again, however, the SUA strongman didn’t promise them that the next few days would be a piece of cake. On the contrary, he warned her that it was going to be tough, very tough. This is the price to pay to attack the Pro D2 season full throttle. So the next nine weeks until the first day on August 26th promise to be dense, even if recovery phases are planned. But the intensity of the small group attack defense this Monday morning between the 22-metre line and the goal line says a lot about the rest of the menu.

A staged recovery

This recovery with the ball eluded the handrail’s most staunch supporters, who surely thought the Agenais were going to chain meets that back-to-school day. If they don’t succeed, they go straight to the heart of the matter in the “Fast and Furious” mode. Comments by Bernard Goutta: “We want to be fast with the game project that we are trying to implement. And angry at the frustration of the past two seasons, playing a maintenance is psychologically draining. “With a question for this informed ‘viewer’: ‘I don’t see any recruits? Normally they only have the contractual right to join the SUA from 01.01ah July. Despite everything, they were given a program to get in shape.

“If you are physically on the street, you have no joy”

As a result, there were “only” 30 players on the field on Monday morning, all “old ones” who were there last season. Kolinio Ramoka, who underwent surgery for a finger dislocation (like Fotu Lokotui), stayed away with Walter Desmaison recovering from his large tear in the last game at Colomiers and Iban Etcheverry completing his rehabilitation period. Jean-Marcellin Buttin was indeed down on him, as was new three-quarters coach Manny Edmonds, cap screwed on his head. It is currently the only new face admitted thanks to an agreement with Oyonnax. “There will be a phased recovery,” says Bernard Goutta, who will not have a full workforce until early August.

recruitment complete

Under the slightly smiling eyes of young retiree Dave Ryan, now in charge of Scrum, the Agenais got a taste of what to expect in the coming weeks. Among them, a total of 18 Espoirs players are associated with this physical preparation compiled by Ludovic Lousteau. “It’s not a gift, we don’t want to make them happy,” warns Bernard Goutta, who has already spoken out on site. “If they’re there, it’s because they deserve it, especially at the end of last season with the Espoirs. And then it’s young guys that we’ve been able to count on throughout the Pro D2 season, which remains a long marathon. »

Bernard Goutta assures him:


Bernard Goutta assures him: “He felt that the boys were happy to meet and get back on the ground”.

Frederic Cormary

The Agenais manager is already counting on these young people to expand his workforce: “At the moment, recruitment is complete (editor’s note: with 12 new hires for 18 departures). The preparation, the assessment of our group and the possible injuries will tell us if we need to add one or two more players. But right now we trust our young people. It is important in terms of the club’s philosophy. With this physical preparation we will see how they will grow and progress. “The internship at Font-Romeu and the two preparatory games will mean so many exams passed that the hierarchy will be different by the start of the season on April 26.

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