amateur rugby After the fires, Cazaux rebuilds: “We didn’t expect this support”

The Cazaux Olympique club was reduced to nothing by the Gironde fires. (©Photojet)

It was the sad news of July: one of the most devastating fires in recent years has affected the Gironde. For more than two weeks, two fires they declared you will land and the Teste-de-Buch. In total, 21,000 hectares were burned and nearly 37,000 people were evacuated.

Fires that also affected the municipality of Cazaux, and more particularly his rugby club. The team’s living space, commonly known as the “clubhouse,” was ravaged by flames. By Actu Rugby, its president Didier Dupuis look back on these sad incidents and show gratitude after the mobilization of the oval world.

“We had unforgettable memories in there…”

The city of Cazaux was badly affected by the fires and two houses were destroyed. Located on the shores of the famous Lac de Cazaux, more than a kilometer from the rugby stadium, the Cazaux Olympique club has also suffered a sad fate in recent days. The president of the club, Didier Dupuis, remembers with sadness: “I was there on Wednesday 13 July at 7pm to see the freezers working. Did you want to check that you didn’t trip over anything? because the fire had already gone out for a while. And finally, everything burned on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, around 6 in the morning.

Present since 1987 within the Gironde club where he was a player for a long time, the CO strongman continues his story:

The mayor of La Teste-de-Buch called me around 8am the next morning to tell me that the shack had burned down. It was very hard… I’ve been there for 35 years, today I went through all the steps from player to president. We had unforgettable memories in there…

Didier DupuisPresident of Cazaux Olympique

The damage inside the club was considerable: fridges, freezers, poles, shields and training equipment, bar with beer machine, sets of shirts, balls… Nothing remains! Didier Dupuis had also left 150 kilos of duck breast there, but also candied for the rugby festivals that were to take place in the second week of August.

The FFR, the LNR and the professional clubs in support of Cazaux

Faced with the extent of the damage, the president of Cazaux, Didier Dupuis, has assessed the immense mobilization of the world of rugby, both professional and amateur: “Ah yes, I have never had so many calls or emails! I even received letters of professional and amateur clubs, it happens everywhere. Bordeaux-Bègles and the Career 92 he contacted me especially”.

For the Girondin leader, this solidarity of the rugby players is a real opportunity: “I didn’t expect to be so supported. In the end, I don’t have much to do on my side, because everyone is helping us.” The New League of Aquitaine of rugby was in charge, for example, of retrieving training material to give to the CO. He also launched and shared an online kitty with all professional and amateur clubs to help the Cazaux club. The insurance will take care of the rest.

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The president of the club, Didier Dupuis, has published a sad message on his Facebook account.
The president of the club, Didier Dupuis, has published a sad message on his Facebook account. (©Screenshot)

The French Rugby Federation He also flew to the aid of Cazaux Olympique through its president: “Bernard Laporte witnessed it in front of the television while he was on holiday in Corsica and called me the next day,” says Didier Since.

It should also be noted that on Saturday, August 27, a friendly match between the Arcachon Bay (National 2) i Gujan-Masters (Fédérale 1) will take place at the Plaine des Sports Gilbert-Moga, in La Teste-de-Buch, and all profits from registrations will go entirely to the Cazaux club. Committed to the Championship Regional 2Cazaux Olympique will resume competition on September 18 and hopes to find a new place to live soon.

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