Rugby (Pro D2). SU Agen resumed in “Fast and Furious” mode.

LAwakening has been strong this Monday morning in the annex Armandie. Vincent Farré’s partners were entitled to a trial for their reunion after a five-week holiday. It’s not the kind of pot you fill with a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The Bronco test, which consists of …

LAwakening has been strong this Monday morning in the annex Armandie. Vincent Farré’s partners were entitled to a trial for their reunion after a five-week holiday. It’s not the kind of pot you fill with a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The Bronco test – which consists of chaining back and forth more than 20 meters, then 40 meters and 60 meters, all repeated five times – is a real torture for an athlete in recovery. Above all, it is a relentless indicator of a rugby player’s fitness. On the other hand, coach Bernard Goutta’s play was disheartening. He saw no one “really demanding.”


The Agenais were able to touch the ball during an attack-defense in small groups.

Frederic Cormary

“When you’re physically on the street, you don’t enjoy yourself. “Excited to be reunited with his players, the strong man from the USA did not promise them, however, that in the coming days they would be a cakewalk. On the contrary, he warned them that it would be hard, even very hard. That’s the price to pay for attacking the Pro D2 season with the metal pedal. The next nine weeks until the first day of August 26, therefore, promise to be dense, although recovery periods have been planned. But the intensity of the attack-defense in small groups, this Monday morning between the 22-meter line and the goal line, says a lot about the rest of the menu.

A staggered recovery

This recovery with the ball escaped the most faithful of the handrail who surely thought that the Agenais were going to chain meetings in this day of return to class. Failed, they immediately entered the heart of the matter in “Fast and Furious” mode. Bernard Goutta explains: “We want to be quick about the game project we are going to try to get started. And angry at the frustration of the last two seasons, it’s psychologically exhausting to play maintenance. “With a question for this” “informed” viewer: “I don’t see any recruits? Normally, they only have the contractual right to join the US from 1er July. Still, they received a fitness program.

“When you’re physically on the street, you don’t enjoy it”

As a result, there were “only” 30 players on the pitch on Monday morning, all of them “old” who were already there last season. Operated from a dislocation of a finger (as Fotu Lokotui), SUA top scorer Kolinio Ramoka stayed away with Walter Desmaison recovering from his big tear in the last game to Colomiers and Iban Etcheverry who completed its rehabilitation phase. In fact, Jean-Marcellin Buttin was on the ground, like the new three-quarters coach Manny Edmonds, wearing a cap on his head. It is currently the only new face authorized thanks to an agreement with Oyonnax. “There will be a staggered recovery,” laments Bernard Goutta, who will not have a full squad until early August.

Recruitment completed

Under the slightly laughing eye of young retiree Dave Ryan, now at the helm of the scrum, the Agenais had a taste of what awaits them in the coming weeks. Among them, a total of 18 Espoirs players will be associated with this physical preparation prepared by Ludovic Lousteau. “It’s not a gift, we don’t want to like it,” said Bernard Goutta, who has already given voice to the field. “If they are there, it’s because they deserve it, especially at the end of last season with the Espoirs. And then there are young people we could count on during the Pro D2 season which is still a long marathon. »

Bernard Goutta assures him:


Bernard Goutta assures him: “he was happy to meet and return to the field.”

Frederic Cormary

The manager of Agenais already has these young people to expand its staff: “At the moment, the recruitment is complete (NdA: with 12 recruitments for 18 departures). The preparation, the assessment of our group and the possible injuries will tell us if we have to go and look for one or two more players. But for now, we will trust our young people. It is important in relation to the philosophy of the club. We will see with this physical preparation how they will grow and progress. “The internships in Font-Romeu and the two preparation matches will be so many passing exams to shake up the hierarchy at the start of the season on August 26th.

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