Colomier. Classic but effective off-season in rugby

On May 20, at the end of the last 80 minutes of the season, Colomiers narrowly lost on the lawn of Oyonnax (19-15). The epilogue of a great season that ended with this jump-off. Taking advantage of a well-deserved rest, the players were quick to resume with their sights set on the 2022-2023 financial year which will begin on August 26 with the reception of Carcassonne. “The players had 15 days of vacation and we resumed on June 28 with a week in Colomiers then a stopover in Saint-Lary”, slips the forwards coach Fabien Berneau. For his 4th year at the head of the Pack de la Colombe, the bench master of Julien Sarraute, knows the importance of this famous and traditional stadium of cohesion in the mountains. “It’s a mix of everything, we meet to both play rugby but also do activities and strengthen cohesion”, describes the technician. On the menu for this Pyrenean week, hiking, tree climbing and a bit of oval ball to keep the precious automatisms.

Soyaux and Bayonne on the program

Reflexes which should not require too much time to be found because Colomiers has recruited little (4 arrivals) managing this transfer period in a targeted manner. “The recruits have not all arrived yet because some were called up to the national team so they will also take advantage of the holidays before reuniting with the group”, wishes to specify the boss of the package of forwards. “However, it is the opportunity to integrate young people from the training center who will possibly play a few matches with the pro group this season”, launches Fabien Berneau before a break in the preparation then the rise in power. “The players will have a week off, the last in July, before attacking again in early August,” he scheduled with Julien Sarraute. In the wake of this breath, the Columérins will face two promoted in friendly matches. Promoted to Pro D2, Soyaux Angoulême (August 5) then defending champion Bayonne, future Top 14 resident. Two fine deadlines and solid preparation which should allow Colomiers to be ready.


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