Federal 1. Pamiers is relaunched, with several returns of former and foreign players

Teriou, Lledos and Valcu, three feedback and weight for Sporting Club Appaméen. (©Fotojet)

The club of Pamiers (Ariège) had a turbulent end to the 2021-2022 season. After having validated his promotion to National 2 sportingly, the SCA he finally decided to reject this membership and stay there Federal 1 for Season 2022-2023. A decision that precipitated the resignation of the emblematic president of the Ladies, Jean-Philippe Sannacand after the dismissal of coach Éric Mercadier, who has since bounced back to the bench at Châteaurenard (Fédérale 1).

About its three new co-presidents: Patrice Galy, Jacques Bassett i Philippe Martignoles – and its new technical staff made up of David Begu, Romain Boscus i Patrick Mirosa, Sporting Club Appaméen therefore starts from scratch. At the dawn of the 2022-2023 financial year, the flagship rugby club of Arieja prefers to look forward than back, with a budget of around 800,000 euros, and betting on foreign recruitments but above all on several returns from the experience

Returning alumni, young talent and foreign recruits

Among the outstanding performances, Mathias Lledos (35 years old), Eric Piorkowski says “Popof” (35 years old) and Cyril Jean-Boulbes, have decided to come out of retirement to help and oversee the next generation of Appame. The former, trained at the SCA, has played mainly in Colomiers (77 Pro D2 matches and 20 in Fédérale 1) and Blagnac (8 Fédérale 1 matches), while the latter is a former Polish international (9 caps), spent by training center in Castres before meeting the Fédérale 1 in Lannemezan, Rodez and Pamiers, and the last is a pure Ariégeois, which was trained in Lavelanet.

Not forgetting the returns of the Romanian international Alexandru Valcu (34 years old), who has already progressed to SCA in 2019-2020, after spells at Tulle and Bucharest, as well as a solid pillar Mehdi Teriou (144 kg), left last season in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (Federal 1). The arrival of a right-wing South African pillar should also be highlighted Dolph Botha (29), who has already traveled a lot between South Africa (Cheetahs), the United States (San Diego and New England), Poland and Russia (VVA Podmoskovye), from the young Georgian right-back Drancy (Federal 1), Irakli Purichamiishvili (22 years old)

A recruitment that also includes two young talents: the starting half Luke Sans (21 years old), a pure-bred Ariégeois, who did all his rugby school in Pamiers, before joining the training center in Perpignan, then Mont-de-Marsan, and the third line . Sabri El Bechir (21 years old), who arrives from Hopes of Castres, and will be on a double license with his training club in Saverdun (Federal 3), where he evolved from 2007 to 2022.

The hiring of Pamiers (stopped on 9/08/2022):

Dolph Botha (29): South African mainstay, VVA Podmoskovye (Russia)
Luca Sans (21): fly-half, Espoirs Mont-de-Marsan
Sabri El Bechir (21): 3rd wing line, Espoirs Castres, on double license with Saverdun
Mohamed Flitti (34 years): left pillar, Toec / Toac FCT (Federal 1)
Irakli Purichamiashvili (22): Georgian right winger Drancy (Federal 1)
Mehdi Teriou (32): Right pillar, Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze (Federal 1), back at the club
Mathias Lledos (35 years): 3rd line, rugby resume
Éric Piorkowsca (35): Polish international pillar left or right, rugby return
Cyril Jean-Boulbès: 2nd or 3rd line, rugby resume
Alexandru Valcu (34): Romanian international 2nd line, Saverdun (Federal 3)

Several managers have left and others have stopped their careers

In the radius of departures, the Checkers will have to do without several managers, often tempted by adventure in higher division clubs, such as the Romanian one. Cristian Chirica and of Nicolas Baker (Hyères-Carqueiranne-La Crau, National 1), from the Georgian Lasha Mirtskhulava (Niort, National 2), from Namibia Ruan Ludik (Drancy, Federal 1), South Africans Jan Daniel Fourie i Dean Van der Westhuizen (Bédarrides/Châteauneuf-du-Pape, National 2) or even Jeremy Ducousso (Also, National 2), Alexandre Lalanne (Saint-Jean-de-Luz, National 2) and Antonin Bonnet (Graulhet, National 2). Outs plus the starter’s career saves Roman Boscus, that this summer happened to the staff of the SCA, from the center Michael Walencik and the extreme Sabri Gmir.

Finally, it should be noted that the Appameans will play three preparation games this summer, before starting the Federal 1 championship. Albi (National 1), Friday August 12 (7 p.m.), then at Auch (National 2), Friday August 19 (8 p.m.) and finally at ceret (Federal 1), Saturday, September 3 (3 p.m.).

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