Julien Dumora, talent at the service of others

The joy of Julien Dumora after the victory against Toulouse in the semifinals. Overview

The back of Castres Olympique is one of the best in his position in the Top 14. His career options, his priority in the team, his natural discretion have deprived him, however, of the deserved recognition of the French team .

All specialists and their admirers say so. Julien Dumora does not have the recognition that his talent would be worth it. At 34, Castres Olympique’s back does not have many weaknesses. Impeccable placement, safe hands, precise stitches, long, strategic. And he is far from timid when an opportunity for recovery arises. His teammates know that. But in an age where knowledge counts more than the know-how, the education, the values, of the child of the Vallée d’Ossau, of the Bearnais who grew up in Arudy, are not compatible with what you have seen.

He built his career in the Paloise Section, in the LOU, then in the Pro D2, to finish it, after a brief stint in RC Toulon, at the Castres Olympique, to which he joined. the summer of 2014. It’s not the most glamorous club, the most publicity -probably wrong …- to wait for the focus to be on you. But a club that matches his mentality. “I rediscovered in the CO the values ​​that were transmitted to me in my Pyrenean valley when I was little. Here, the group has priority over the individual. Don’t think about your little face before you think about friends. Then, if within this group you manage to make good matches, that is also good“, he adds, smiling.

The time to hang the stains may be getting closer, he says he doesn’t regret this choice. On the contrary. “Being recognized has never been a leitmotif, he recently assured L’Équipe. That’s not why I play rugby …But share a human adventure, feel in osmosis with the team’s mood, give for your teammates as much as they give for you.

The inherent discretion of CO players? Living, and playing, in the smallest city in the Top 14 (43,000 inhabitants, right in front of Brive)? He assumes. He even enjoys defending the colors of a subprefecture. “It’s a bit like the image we can have of ourselves, but within our team, we also know that we can make good rugby and good matches. We have convictions, we are not just the small Gallic village in the midst of others. The proof is that we are back in the final. This season we have been very consistent. The Castres collective has grown. We are confident in our strength.»

“I wish I had a selection”

In the semifinals, in front of the heavy neighbor, the hegemonic Stade Toulousain, he was the one who forced the lock, he scored the decisive try that sent the Castres Olympique to the Stade de France. An acrobatics from which he derives no glory. He or another to make the team work a reality, it doesn’t matter … Which doesn’t stop the Tarn club from nurturing new ambitions. “Favorite by title? We do not hide. But this is new to us …»

So you don’t regret it? A little anyway. Which doesn’t stop him from sleeping, but it bothers him a bit. “I wish I had a selection. If it didn’t come, it must have been written that way. I believed it, though. When you see your name appear in the media, you always wait for the ads on the list …“Never again. Luck has passed. That won’t stop him from fully savoring the conquest of a second Brennus shield in four years.

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