“Oyonnax is a membership that made me develop”

You have been coach of three-quarters of Oyonnax between 2018 and 2022. What do you bear in mind from this expertise?

I bear in mind numerous issues from these 4 seasons. Oyonnax is the membership the place I grew up probably the most as a coach. I discovered lots there with a superb group of gamers. So I’ve numerous respect for this membership and this crew. I repeat, it’s a…

You have been coach of three-quarters of Oyonnax between 2018 and 2022. What do you bear in mind from this expertise?

I bear in mind numerous issues from these 4 seasons. Oyonnax is the membership the place I grew up probably the most as a coach. I discovered lots there with a superb group of gamers. So I’ve numerous respect for this membership and this crew. I repeat, it’s a membership that made me develop. After failures in Béziers and Toulon, Oyonnax allowed me to strive one thing just a little totally different, to see just a little totally different rugby too with two managers who trusted me [NDLR : Adrien Buononato et Joe El Abd]. So I maintain numerous good recollections, it was a fantastic expertise.

Oyonnax is considerably reduce off from the world in Haut-Bugey. Life have to be particular there…

It’s a must to love nature whenever you reside in Oyonnax! I loved it a bit with my household. I purchased a mountain bike, we regularly went mountaineering, I additionally began paddleboarding as a result of there are stunning lakes. My youngsters had a good time there with my spouse, particularly they discovered to ski. The city itself is a bit quiet. However there are large cities close by the place you are able to do different issues. However after all it’s a must to love nature to reside effectively in Oyonnax.

Does the membership draw energy from this specificity?

Gamers usually meet on the membership on off days to drink espresso. Since there could also be much less issues to do within the metropolis than elsewhere, they get collectively extra usually. Inevitably, it creates bonds and a really household spirit. That was the case after I was there and I do not suppose that has modified. In bigger cities, gamers see one another off the pitch rather less usually.

Over the past 4 seasons, Oyonnax has completed 4th thricee and as soon as 3e, with out ever reaching the ultimate of accession. Is there a glass ceiling?

Now we have at all times been eradicated within the semi-finals. The membership was underneath reconstruction after I arrived in 2018. The funds hasn’t modified an excessive amount of in recent times. Had been we lacking a number of key gamers to go additional? I do not know… We performed good rugby, we have been at all times there, however every time there have been groups just a bit stronger than us who didn’t enable us to take this step. However this season, Oyonnax goes by the fourth yr of a undertaking with a really steady group and gamers who know the system completely. They’ve a superb alternative to battle for a spot within the High 14.

A return to the High 14, has that at all times been the target of this membership?

Sure !

“Now we have to be much more real looking within the scoring areas to attain much more tries”

Famend for its ahead play, Oyonnax has displayed an offensive-oriented sport in latest seasons. Is it as a result of will of the employees, to its artificial pitch or to an adaptation to the workforce?

Rugby developed lots between my first and my final yr there, the sport performed was fully totally different. With this evolution, we see that the hookers are sometimes the most effective strive scorers as a result of the balls carried grow to be increasingly essential. The sport of decide and go is changing into more and more essential near the road as effectively. Issues are altering as a result of the defenses are getting stronger and we have to adapt to a different means of attacking. However the benefit when you’ve got good gamers is that you just at all times have good alternatives close by.

Is it this sport centered on the assault that you just got here to arrange in Agen?

To attain greater than 100 tries in a Professional D2 season was at all times a small objective in Oyonnax and for us additionally in Agen this season. Little by little, issues are falling into place. We noticed within the second block that this crew can rating tries. We have to be much more real looking within the scoring areas to attain much more tries. We get pleasure from it once we rating tries. Celebrations are a aspect of rugby that we like. And also you solely discover that after trials and victories.

What’s lacking within the SUA to be much more efficient?

There are two issues: respecting a course of is essential, and the collective aspect can be tremendous essential. As I stated to three-quarters, we have to enhance our communication on the bottom. When we now have cells of three, 4, 5 or 6 gamers, if the communication is great, the execution is commonly glorious. It is the identical for scoring tries, particularly in these scoring areas. If the processes are effectively revered and the communication is there, there is no such thing as a cause to not rating extra tries.

Do you now really feel higher in Agen than in Oyonnax?

I’ve solely been in Agen for 5 months… I had some good occasions in Oyonnax too, even when the town and life are a bit totally different. However we adapt. The benefit right here within the employees is that I’ve identified Bernard (Goutta) and Ludovic (Lousteau) for a very long time. We discovered one another fairly rapidly, particularly after the victories. Once you win, you create barely totally different bonds. After which when a brand new coach arrives, the gamers are at all times just a little extra attentive. So, for the second, every little thing goes very effectively and we’re beginning to see the sport we wish to put in place. We have to proceed to point out a superb picture of SU Agen.

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