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As a true shadow warrior Anthony Coletta (33) has always fought for his clubs. Through bride, dax, Soyaux-Angouleme and now Colomiersfor which the boy, trained in Montignac (Dordogne), returns Rugby News about his beginnings in Corrèze, his years in Dacquoise and his best moments in Soyaux-Angoulême and Colomiers.
Colomiers, exactly. Arriving in Haute-Garonne in 2020, the powerful second or third line spins the perfect love there. At the age of 33, Anthony Coletta is approaching the end of his contract and only dreams of one thing: ended his career at La Colombe club. “I am very fulfilled there. Everything is fine with the staff, the players or the president. I am very pleased to be here. I’m at the end of my contract but I’d like to continue… I hope it will be my last club because that’s where I want to finish my career.”
“I am extremely grateful to have turned pro in Dax”
In the cadet category at Montignac, Anthony Coletta joins Brive bis Espoirs. “‘Up until Espoirs, I did six or seven seasons. I trained with the professional group formerly trained by Ugo Mola and Christophe Laussucq. I was told to play the European challenge. But there was a lot of competition and I thought I was below the level, so I said to myself if I wanted to go pro, maybe I should go to a Pro D2 club.
After freelance work in Gdansk, Poland, where he took part in a final, the opportunity arose to join Dax Per D2 arrived. Born in Paris, he spent two years in the training center of the spa town club in addition to in particular Yoann Laousse-Azpiazu (Montois Stadium), Maxim Mathy (Montauban) and his lifelong friend still in Dax, Julien Decavanne. His debut in the first team in the 2010/11 season was not long in coming, even if the ups and downs of the red and white were not easy to bear: “I had a bit of trouble finding my place. The circumstances there made it necessary to assume responsibility at a young age. We played maintenance seasons with regular managerial and presidential changes. I know that my level was average there…” regrets Coletta.
Well looked after by the regional of the stage, Jerome Daret, now selected for the French team at the age of 7, Anthony Coletta never forgets and wants to be grateful to the Landes club “for turning pro there”. “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the club’s faith in the contracts they gave me.”
His visit to Soyaux-Angoulême: “one of the best decisions of my life”
His seven-season dacquoises, Anthony Coletta, have no regrets. In 2017, however, the Landes adventure came to an end. Soyaux-Angouleme and Julien Lairle then position themselves and a new challenge arises. “I knew a lot of players. Julien Laïrle did a great job. He found players who were a bit on the wane and brought them back to life. I knew it was a good choice, definitely one of the best decisions of my life. I found my best level and found my place in the team. I managed to reveal myself even if it was a bit late.”
In three seasons, the solid warrior will play around sixty games and become an undeniable element of the Violets pack until he quickly becomes captain. He remembers his first tenure at the SAXV, on the second day of Pro D2 (2017-2018). A first game interrupted by a win for beziers (24-34). “This Family Club”, as he likes to call it, becomes family for him. The latter will forge very strong relationships Aldric Lescure (third line), with whom he still plays at Colomiers.
“Not continuing my studies? The biggest regret of my life”
The life of a professional rugby player does not necessarily guarantee a secure future. When Anthony Coletta notes and underlines the mentality of young players who are increasingly thinking about studying alongside rugby, he trusts his personal case: “If I could I wouldn’t change much apart from pursuing my studies. This is the biggest regret of my life. I’m finished, but I still have a few ideas.
During his last season at Soyaux-Angoulême, the former Brive member was on a multi-activity contract and worked in a refurbishment box as general manager. Well trained by Sylvain Fabrègue, a forgiving and “incredible” boss, Coletta was able to discover the world of work: “I tasted real life, even if rugby is as antithetical as some might think. I’ve already started from scratch and seen that we can make it in working life. I will certainly go into the world of construction, but more in the field than in the office (Laugh)”.
“I will not accept another player not playing just because I’m captain”
On the ground, Anthony Coletta is not one to slip. Often at the forefront of battle, very available and powerful, his performances have propelled him to the rank of Captain on both SAXV and Colomiers sides. A role that he takes to heart, but which he is aware of his responsibility: “You always have to set an example. You should never falter. But it suits my character. You have to be impeccable because everyone is counting on you. Sometimes you have to choose between the staff and the players. I have a somewhat participative captaincy, I like that there are multiple leaders on the pitch. I won’t be there forever so some young people must stand out. I am thinking in particular of Waël Ponpon, who will later be a great captain. Jean Thomas, who was always here, deserves it too.”
“I will not accept another player not playing because I am captain. It’s the best who have to play,” adds the third row. “Physically and at 33 I feel good. If I compare the GPS statistics with the training, I’m on the nails compared to the young people,” says the big one. Anthony Coletta is now dreaming of a home semi-final and has all his heart hoping to end his career in Colomiers the way it was meant to be.
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