MHR: five things to know about Léo Coly, Montpellier’s new scrum half

Léo Coly will discover the Top 14 with the MHR. Montpellier has formalized the arrival of the French scrum half for the next few years. Five things to know about young Montois who has just signed for Montpellier.

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Born on September 9, 1999 in Rennes

Cut down : 1.75 m.

weight : 73 kg.

Formed in Biscarosse, then joined the Estadi Montois. He is the junior world champion in 2019.

Professional debut : December 7, 2018 against Us bressane.

Number of matches with Mont de Marsan : 59.

Awards : U20 World Championship (2019), Pro D2 finalist (2022).

The MHR has formalized the arrival of the scrum half, Léo Coly, recent finalist of Pro D2 with Mont de Marsan. He signed with Montpellier. Five things to know about Léo Coly, who will take over the No.9 spot from Benoit Paillaugue who left for Toulon.

It does not reach unknown land

MHR’s new scrum half, Léo Coly does not come without milestones. The young Frenchman has already played with several Montpellier players. In 2019 he was junior world champion with a certain Arthur Vincent but also with Louis Carbonel, also a new MHR recruit. With Carbonel he then forms the initial French hinge, which will lead the French to victory. You will also find Montpellier, a former member of the Mons house with Alexandre Becognée. Therefore, his integration into the Montpellier group should not be a problem.

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He really wanted to choose

Léo Coly chose Montpellier, but the youngster from Mons was on the shelves of many clubs. Lyon and La Rochelle also tried to win back the Montois. But finally it was in Hérault that the scrum half decided to evolve. “There were quite a few clubs that contacted me. Montpellier is the first club I visited. The speeches of Philippe Saint-André, Olivier Azam, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde… the project. It’s really the feeling of being wanted there, it’s important to feel wanted.” he confided to Rugbyrama in June.

He is the under-20 world champion.

If Léo Coly has not yet had a selection with the XV A of France, he won the U20 World Cup in 2019. In the ranks of the team we find mainly Arthur Vincent, Cameron Woki, Romain Ntamack or Mathis Lebel who confirm at A, a level that Léo Coly could have to cross with Montpellier. So far he has been selected once by Fabien Galthié

Rugby was not his favorite sport.

If Léo Coly is considered today as one of the hopes of French rugby, he was the first in football that the Montois put on their first crampons. Originally from Brittany, Léo Coly grew up in the Landes and dedicated himself to football at the Biscarosse club. But at 13, when his group of friends started playing rugby, he quickly followed suit and joined Biscarosse Olympique Rugby. A choice that pays off as he was quickly discovered by Stade Montois where he joined the training center before making his professional debut at 18.

He got involved politically

In February 2022, in the midst of the presidential campaign, Léo Coly became one of the ambassadors of Civicpower, an association that promotes the possibility of online voting to encourage young people to vote. The young man who does not want to mix sport and politics had entrusted France Bleu in February to closely follow the latest presidential campaign.

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