How Maxime Lucu became the true head of the UBB

This is the story of a player who could never have worn the Union Bordeaux-Bègles shirt to finally become the boss three years later. The story of a player who chained Pro D2 matches with some anonymity until 2019 before becoming number 2 in the XV of France as the middle scrum behind the best player in the world, Antoine Dupont. This story is, of course, that of Maxime Lucu. The Basque, in fact, has lived a real “waking dream” for the last few seasons, as he himself says.

Maxime Lucu is now the right supplement for Antoine Dupont. – Francois Mori / AP / SIPA;

A dream that the former Biarritz Olympique captain could never have lived. The fault of a certain … Cristòfor Urios. It was the UBB coach who said this week before the Top 14 semi-final against Montpellier this Saturday in Nice: “When I signed for Bordeaux in November [2018], I asked the president if Maxime Lucu had already signed his contract. I didn’t want that. I didn’t like the way he played, I thought he lacked speed. But Lawrence [Marti] replied that it was already signed. “Conclusion of the Head of the Union:

Today, I would probably have done the biggest shit of my career if I hadn’t been able to wear it! »

A player who is rarely missed

Today, Christophe Urios even points out that his half scrum could be his captain next season. It must be said that the man from Sant Joan de Luz has become an indispensable element of the UBB. On the field where Maxime Lucu, a real “transmission belt” according to his coach, continues with very high level performances such as his XXL match against Racing in the play-offs. “It simply came to our notice then. Then he was very strong in his kicking game. Defensively, he rarely finds a hole. I don’t know if it’s a peak for him because I’ve seen him often on the peaks and rarely on the hills “, continues Urios.

To the point of being entitled to a standing ovation on his departure. A very strong moment for those who maintain a relationship especially with the public. “I use it a lot during matches. [à coups de poing rageur], he admits. These are good things to see in these environments. Well, sometimes I do a little too much. (smiles) ”At the age of 29, Maxime Lucu is one of his players who took a long time to start his career and is now hungry for titles, with the UBB and the XV of France.

Maxime Lucu may also stumble.
Maxime Lucu may also stumble. – Daniel Vaquero / SIPA

“A leader by example”

But if the Basque has taken on a new dimension this season, it is mainly because of his contribution off the field, like last week. “We weren’t good. Everyone was upside down. But we managed to squeeze through Max Lucu, François Trinh-Duc who took matters into his own hands. They took over the group. They organized the week, the videos.” “The squad worked for ten months, now it’s up to us to get our hands on it and take the trick. sometimes we expect too much from the staff “, says the main interested party.

An initiative that Christophe Urios appreciated more than:

He’s a real guy. That, you can write! It doesn’t shit when it’s hot. »

He has “this rebellion” that the Union Bordeaux-Bègles needed after a second half of the failed season. “Max is a unifier. A leader by example. I really like his way of speaking. I find myself in him. Also, he often makes the last speech in the locker room before entering the field. He leads the others. and most of all, it’s the most important thing for me, do things, until you drop a Brennus Shield?

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