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In the long rugby series of Biarritz, another episode has just taken place, Wednesday 22 June 2022. The amateur section of the Olympic Biarritz I meant that the Senior Women’s team will be eliminated from next season, or in any case that would no longer be part of the bosom of the amateur association. According to our information, it seems that a reorientation is expected towards the FAR (Féminine Athlétiques Rugby) association, the association at the origin of women’s rugby in Biaritz.
Per David Couzinetthe president of the amateur section, joined News from the Basque Country, is a logical decision: “we do not have a vocation to take care of a senior team. We, our goal is to promote rugby among children, among teenagers, so the youngest team will remain in our section.
It pays nothing (women’s team: editor’s note) and has nothing to pay for our problems with the professional section. I think since our arrival we have done a lot for her.
“They took sides”
And if we ask David Couzinet if the senior female doesn’t pay too close to the president’s professionals Jean-Baptiste Aldigé, and the war that has been wreaking havoc for many months, draws in half a word “They pay nothing and have nothing to pay for our problems with the professional section. I think that since our arrival we have done a lot for her, but today it seems that they are closer to the professional section and in some way they have taken sides, or at least they have taken a certain direction ”.
Another of the president’s arguments, a reform of the FFR that wants to integrate women’s senior teams into professional structures within a year or two: “We’re taking a step forward,” David Couzinet believes. She also wanted to reassure: “women’s rugby will continue to exist in Biarritz”.
The “disgusted” players.
By the women’s section and its manager Florian Mercader, this decision goes wrong. For him, it is the good relationship with the professionals who made this decision at the Biarritz Olympique amateur.
We get along well with professionals, we have never taken sides. Ever since David Couzinet and his team arrived, we were banned from attending professional meetings, holding the bar, because for them we were no longer loyal to the amateur association.
For the players, it is clearly a disappointment, “the girls are upset and very frustrated,” insists Florian Mercader. Remember that this season they had reached the semifinals of the 2nd French Federal Regional (defeat against Nérac 14-18).
This decision comes against the backdrop of a major crisis between the professional section of President Jean-Baptiste Aldigé and the amateur association managed by the “Galactics” of the soundtrack with David Couzinet, Jerome Thion, Dmitri Yachvili o Imanol Harinordoquy in your mind. Last April, the current team had been confirmed by administrative justice while Serge Blanco had convened the partners in order to revoke the members of the board of directors.
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