By Thomas Larroquette
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Cauliflower ears, imposing physique, laid back demeanor and strong resonant voice, Frank Georgiades (35 years old) does not pass in sight in the streets of Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse (Landes). He is one of those players often called “from the shadows”, having always scrapped and defended the jersey body and soul.
Third line of formation passed left pillar late on, this big guy agreed to give himself up, for Rugby Newson his loyalty to the two clubs of his life, the US Tyrosse and the Pleasure RC (Yvelines), as well as his vision of amateur rugby.
A double license in the last season
” It’s a brave spare wheel that gives 300% “. Here is comment Kevin Kahn defines Franck Georgiades, one of his best friends and teammates on the side of Plaisir and Tyrosse. It must be said that the person concerned had an eventful 2021-2022 season. The native of Saint-Cyr-l’École first took his license in his heart club of Plaisir (Federal 2) in Île-de-France. But 7 hours away, his other heart club of Tyrosse (Federal 1) found himself in great difficulty as the left pillar. Victor Hontebeyrie alias “Fifou” was injured, before the young Baptiste Discazaux also ended up in the infirmary. The Landes club therefore called on Georgiades and offered to sign up for a double license.
“I took up the challenge, telling myself that I was going to play again with my best friend “le Roux” (Kevin Kahn) and my friends, just to have fun”, says the person concerned. However, a new injury, this time of the holder Gaetan Dominiciwill propel him as a starter in Fédérale 1. “I found myself playing 13 games with Tyrosse and none with Plaisir (Fédérale 2)”, laughs Franck Georgiades before continuing: “Even when I was not playing, it wasn’t was never easy to manage because I only knew it at the last moment, so it was difficult to get back on Plaisir”.
The man is not eager for work either. His days are full. Franck Georgiades works as an electrician during the week before completing his free weekends with a few construction sites with his company called “Ma Caille”, a nickname given to his group of friends. Installed in Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse, the latter left on Friday on Plaisir for evening training, before playing the Sunday match and returning on Monday to the Landesthe transport paid being by the Yvelines club.
“I never saw myself playing anywhere else”
The love relationship between Franck Georgiades and rugby would envy more than one. It was at the age of 9, near Plaisir, that this Ile-de-France resident started rugby alongside the current second line from Tyros, Kevin Kahn. “Our first coach was Christian Savalois,” recalls Franck. “He is a former UST player who went to Plaisir for work and who accompanied us to Seniors. It was he who advised Kevin to continue the adventure in Tyrosse and therefore failed me”. He regularly went back down to the Landes and even invited himself to a few training sessions: “I did certain sessions and I enjoyed myself! There was a great atmosphere. I find the same family spirit as at Plaisir”.
In 2012, Franck Georgiades joined La Fougère (the name of the Tyrosse stadium). He first started with the jersey of the National B of the time, before tasting the lawns of the senior teams. The big guy has chained the seasons, living strong moments and tasting the final stages of the division. However, 3 years ago, his career should have stopped. “I had decided to quit rugby because I had just had a little boy. When I was about to stop, my best friend, with whom I played at Plaisir, said to me: “why don’t you play a little game in jubilee for fun? “I got caught up in the game and I played 6 games with them during the year. Then there was the health crisis that stopped everything.
His voice continues to crush the words of the busy streets of Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse. She becomes even stronger when talking about loyalty to her two clubs: “I never saw myself playing in a club other than Tyrosse or Plaisir. It’s a perfect balance, it allows me to play with my friends, come back to see my family in the Paris region and have a great time”.
A personality apart
Franck Georgiades never goes 10 meters without being stopped by a supporter of the Tyrosse club. Here, the fervor for the oval ball is incredible. He particularly regrets not being able to walk in tap dance in the Paris region. “They will say to themselves but what makes him? In Tyrosse, the fervor is incomparable. Plaisir is not really a land of rugby whereas in Tyrosse, we recognize the supporters in the streets, everyone comes to the stadium on Sundays. The atmosphere is huge, especially when you face big teams”, explains Franck, before continuing:
I saw myself raising my little one here. I love the sea, rugby, village festivals… It’s the best region in France. I like to fight in the rucks, sometimes even at the limit of the fault. I’m a ball player, I like that! Outside ? I am a very outgoing person, I like meeting people, partying, rugby is meeting and playing together. I like to dance, do the con! The third half, I don’t miss it at all! It’s as important as training. Without going to excess, but beer despite defeat or victory is important to move forward together.
Atypical, evening host and cheerful, Franck Georgiades does not fail to be roomed by his friends. “It’s a lot of humor. He speaks very loudly. He is cheerful and knows how to capture attention to clown around. Otherwise, besides that, he is a very sincere and endearing person. On the field, he has to cheat a little in melee to exist. But hey, since he has a good size, the referees take him seriously! For the anecdote, at a wedding, he had gradually taken over the animation. And suddenly, the DJ of the day was watching him sitting on a chair! “, to laugh Adel Fellahone of his longtime friends and director of the training center of Clermont.
“I feel good physically”
“I also remember a match against Massy. Our right-hander was tired, we win by 2 or 3 points and we get pushed 5 meters from our line. Our right-hander leaves and Franck returns. The scrum falls once he is back, and there, sanctioned for us! We hit the key, we win and thank you goodbye. And now, he just says it to our manager François Gelez: “And remember the scrum against Massy! In fact, by his personality, he does a lot of good for group life. He’s not necessarily the best player, but he pulls everyone up, ”says Kevin Kahn, his lifelong friend.
For him, rugby is a pleasure, not a job. Parties and friends: this is his philosophy of life. “I feel good physically, so I’m going to have another season with Plaisir! “, announces Franck Georgiades. The left pillar received to follow the UST and especially the performances of his little Arthur, who will take his first rugby license at the Fougère club. A story that smells good amateur rugby!
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