Last season was not conclusive enough, it led to many changes in the ranks of Lombez Samatan Club (LSC). For their part, the players are preparing to return to training, before starting the season in early September.
A few weeks before the resumption, the off-season is rather eventful on the LSC side. At the staff level, as already mentioned in these columns, Gilles Taché takes charge of the group of seniors in the field, assisted by the duo Yohan Marty / Jean-Baptiste Dambielle for the first team and the tandem Renaud Peres / Nicolas Dilhan for the hopes. Stéphane Théval will continue his work for physical preparation and the young physiotherapists Laetitia Belloni and Maxime Facca will complete the senior staff. The solid Jacques Collignon remaining in charge of all the equipment with the participation of former members, in turn, such as the videographer Christian Tardy, who continues in his post for technical analyses.
On the players’ side, the recruitment unit has worked with general manager Patrick Miquel for several months to form two teams that can compete at this level, within a new division that has certainly been reviewed with 24 federal 2 climbs, while the LSC found in a beefy hen that will only have three newcomers at this level.
Departures: Dikhal 1st line in Lannemezan, Cugier 3rd line in Graulhet, Murat 2nd line in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze, Tavberidze 3rd line in Georgia, Cazabonne winger and Vanneste 3rd line in Lavaur, Aragnon 3rd line in L’Isle-en-Dodon , Peres center stop.
Arrivals: Cajot 1st line Blagnac, Cha hooker Miélan, Volossovitch hooker Masseube, Rajaona 2nd line Gimont, Cassart 3rd line Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze, Dardenne 3rd line Auch, Castet 3rd line Portet, Parat rear-winger Fleurance, Soriano-Leparc center Stade Toulouse, Da Cruz center Stade Toulousain, Revel scrum half recovery, Ramamonjisoa center Antananarivo.
Official resumption on July 25
As every year, the players received their personalized physical preparation program with those who wish, gatherings during the summer around the lake of Samatan or the weight room.
Official training resumes on Monday July 25 for the start of the championship on September 11 in Pamiers. In the meantime, the LSC will cross swords with Rieumes on Friday August 19 in Lombez then Valence-D’agen on Saturday August 27 in Samatan, later on Saturday September 4 with Peyrehorade as part of a preparation course for Areau.