The high school stadium and the whole of the spa town will retain laughter and cries related to the pleasure of feeling the oval ball. The Stade Saint-Gaudinois Luchonnais Boulonnais rugby school (under the leadership of Jean-Michel Lebail, Loréna Fernadez and Jeanne Peyré) is indeed organizing the first edition of the Rugby Montagne Eric Béchu challenge on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June. Some one hundred and eighty young rugby players in the U12 category, their educators and supervising teams will be in Luchon during the last weekend of June, coming from the clubs of Stade Toulousain, Montpellier, Saint-Girons, Isle-en -Dodon and, of course, the SSGLB.
Rugby but not only
With its FFR label obtained at the start of the season, the rugby school has therefore integrated itself into the organization of this challenge where we will not only talk about rugby, far from it. Saturday will certainly be allocated to rugby through workshops and opposition matches, but Sunday will be marked by Olympiads during the course concerned, the young rugby players will engage in more mountainous and fun activities, with a view to mixing teams. All while commemorating the memory of Eric Béchu.
A charismatic trainer
Éric Béchu, who died in 2013, would have been 62 this year. This great N°8 trod the grounds under the successive colors of Colomiers, Saint-Gaudens (from 1988 to 1990), Saint-Girons and Cazères. It was also in Saint-Girons and Cazères that this charismatic player accelerated a coaching career that took him to the top with Albi (whom he coached from the Federal 1 to the Top 14) and Montpellier (Top 14 finalist in 2011); in the Hérault, he trained alongside a certain Fabien Galthié and we are not far from thinking that if a sick sale had left him alone, he would have followed in the footsteps of the scrum-half to train the French team.
A tribute paid to this extraordinary educator who particularly loved going to porcini mushrooms on the heights of the Portillon, sharing bread and dough there while singing a few Pyrenean songs…