Nicolas Crubilé, new coach of Futur Valencià (Federal 1), reveals his project

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Nicolas Crubilé knows what he wants. Yet. He is the one who will take the reins of the first team of the Valencian Future next season. With a very clear project that reveals us exclusively.

Can you tell us about your arrival at Avenir Valencia?

I had my first contact with Jean-Christophe de Haro (co-chair) a few weeks ago; his coach had just told him he wanted to leave the club. He introduced me to his vision of the position, of the club … My first idea was to stop for a year to rest, reflect on the game, travel to visit staff all over France. I also asked him for a delay because I was in the race to qualify with my club. From the moment I announced to my presidents that I would not be rehired in Beaumont, things were accelerating with Valence-d’Agen but also with other clubs. When I study a project I focus on three pillars: structures, people and means. I visited the facilities, commented on the different works needed to make the structures accessible and functional. Then I met several staff members with whom I talked about their missions, my vision of this sport. We definitely agreed with Jean-Christophe and Geneviève Becker (co-chair) a few days ago.

Your first action?

I first made a diagnosis of the situation. Then we finished the staff. Right now we are with the players to clearly identify the guys who want to stay with us, the ones who want to leave the club. Work, humility, total commitment will be the keys to the project, it was important to be able to introduce yourself and talk about these issues. The individual interviews are also interesting moments to feel the feelings of the players about the current situation of the club but also to identify their deep ambitions.

“If they called me, it’s because I have two or three ideas about rugby.”

A quick word about the personal future, precisely?

First, the diagnostic phase showed me (again) that the level of results is not necessarily correlated with the amount of work we put in place, because the work was done by the previous staff. . I want to be clear, Nasser Ben-Amor and Nicolas Vial-Paillet are competent people who have all my respect. However, if they called me, it’s because I have two or three ideas about rugby … And the first is that the priority in building a squad should be complementarity and efficiency. I signed up for two seasons. We are today, and for a few more months, in a first phase of construction that requires a tight staff to be able to make rapid progress in decision-making and project execution.

Who will be responsible?

As for the sporting prerogatives, I will be the coach of the strikers and the offensive phases; Jérôme Pradelle will train the three quarters and the defensive phases. I absolutely wanted a professional by my side (in daily contact with the staff), in charge of the service because this very technical phase has become essential in modern rugby: Duncan Naude will be the first player and assistant coach in this sector. Bastien Safforés will continue to be our physical trainer. Cyril Laverre, who was with me in Beaumont, joins us as a video analyst. I have an appointment with Arnaud Paillex and David Verdon to finish assembling our operation because the hopeful group will play an important role in the overall project of the club. As for all the related skills that are essential when looking for performance, I hope to have met everyone before expressing myself.

“I consider myself first and foremost a coach who needs to be on the field with his players to think about the game.”

Will you also have a managerial role?

I will be a coach-coach, that is to say that my first mission in the short term, which will occupy my days and probably some of my nights, will be to get the Valencia-d’Agen team 1 to play clean, progress. and wins matches. I consider myself first and foremost a coach who needs to be on the field with his players to think about the game, to influence the game and to grow the team. Still, Duncan’s presence in a sector as long as the sideline will free up time for the managerial dimension of my position. The presidents have also given me a second, more transversal mission within the club, which will be to transmit our culture of work and play, a job that has already begun a few seasons ago with the creation of the CEL (elite center). ) and I will join together through Jeff Cazala and Kevin Lecareux to maintain a permanent bridge with the formation of hopes until the first steps. I repeat that the formation and the hope team will have an important place in the project in order to allow the young players to increase their skills and maturity to integrate the club’s succession plan.

Nicolas Crubilé at his training center in Castelsarrasin./ DDM, Michel Bony.

What game do you want to set up?

I will not reinvent myself or change to please anyone. I arrive with a lot of humility but when you catch me, you take me with my vision of this sport. Rugby is a struggle for me before it is a game; if you don’t fight, you can’t play. To prepare physically, mentally, technically for this struggle, there is only one way, that of work. If you want to have fun on a rugby field, you first have to work hard all week to prepare your body and mind for what you want to impose on you on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Then what I consider will appear. to be the roots of this game: to be precise and dominant in the conquest; have a high and aggressive defense; impose our pressure game; be reactive in the transition phases; be disciplined not to give points easily; and have a great mindset, “no excuses, never give up!” “When we have these bases, we can configure our attacking game according to the qualities of the boys who make up our squad, the reality of the level at which we play and the DNA of the club.

What is your view of Federal 1?

Federal 1 standards are not exactly the same as Top14 standards for example. Sometimes people tell me about fair play, for me fair play is not a trademark but a matter of balance. To play well is to play fair, to be able individually and collectively to react to a momentary situation. In short, do the simple things right at key moments in the game.

“Rugby is a struggle for me before it is a game. To play well is to play fair”

How will the recruitment go?

I know that there is a form of demand for results here, it is also this ambition that I liked and that made me want to get involved so I would not want to go into too much detail and that in six months a sentence will come out that he says, “You said that and you didn’t.” In hiring, we have identified with the positions of the staff and especially with the profiles of the players. We are working on it every day but I prefer to be discreet at the moment. Our squad will be built around three profiles: players from the club’s formation and who want to enter our work culture to exist at this level. They can come from our rugby school or join the club in the hope of continuing their training for 1, 2, 3, 5 years, taking advantage of our structures and our training methodology. It is necessary to clearly reserve a place for these boys who will come from our territory. In the medium term, these players should be an important part of our senior team. There are also prospective players, these are the players we have to get: confirmed players, rather vengeful, who have already played at a higher level and who are looking to relaunch their career. These are profiles that will take us to a certain level of play and demand. Then there are the young post-training players. They are guys who have tried professional rugby, who have played it with their fingertips, without settling in or without obtaining a professional contract. They can be with us before they recover or be part of a form of continuity as we do with some guys on our staff. Our players are resources trained in the club or who have joined but who today are guides for their members because they know the local context, the requirements and the work needed to fight at this level.

How did you feel when you took office?

What I can say is that our basic idea is to really continue to anchor in the territory this great club, which was created in 1903. An agricultural territory that has arisen from work but also with a certain capacity for innovation to grow. The players, the squad, we must be in this image to be good ambassadors while respecting the heritage of past generations. And what I can guarantee is humility and hard work.
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