By Clement Mazella
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Rory Kockot (Castres)
This is one of the cases that has divided a lot lately: the Castres Olympic didn’t get sentimental with experiment n°9 Rory Kockot11 years at the club, and who ended his career without even being entitled to an ovation from the side of Pierre-Fabre.
His last game? During a trip to Biarritz at the end of April. Following, when Perpignan came, important to win one of the first 2 places in the Top 14, the French international with 11 selections appeared in the stands. And this until the end of the season, where Castres reached the final. Kockott, who gave a moving speech to Tarn supporters on June 25, it’s 2 Brennus, a title of best player in the Top 14, nice verbal games with the referees, brilliant actions, and for all that , we would have liked him to stop in a nice way.
Maxime Medard (Toulouse)
Him, he was entitled to loud applause to greet his departure, especially during the 24th day of Top 14 against La Rochelle, just a few days after announcing that he was going to hang up his crampons. Against Biarritz, on the 26th day of Top 14, he even scored his 91st and last try in the French championship, which ranks him in 4e position of the best scorers in the history of the Top 14.
Maxime Medard18 years old Toulouse stadium, finally saw his career come to an end on June 17, after a defeat in the semi-finals against Castres. The international winger or rear (63 caps) was not in shorts and jerseys, but in civilian clothes, removed from the match sheet by sporting choice. And it’s always hard for everything to end when you’re not on the pitch…
Joe Tekori (Toulouse)
To pay Joe Tekori, the topo is similar to that of Maxime Médard. A final match at Ernest-Wallon against Biarritz at the beginning of June, with in particular a try scored and 2 transformations and a total absence during the final stages (dam won against La Rochelle; defeat in the semi-final against Castres). The Samoan colossus is 15 years in France, 326 Top 14 matches, 3 Brennus, 1 European Cup, and seeing a player end his career in civilian clothes is special.
Yoann Maestri (French Stadium)
He hesitated for a long time, and finally decided to say stop at 34 years old. Facing Brive on June 5, the second row Yoann Maestri played the last game of his career, after a season where he played only 11 games, suffering a ruptured bicep tendon. An end in a certain anonymity, he who was twice champion of France, and capped 62 times in Blue. the French Stadium described him, with a guard of honor, but he would have so deserved something else…
Francois Trinh-Duc (Bordeaux-Begles)
To pay Francois Trinh-Duc, the end was in uniform and on the pitch, during a championship semi-final. Of course, there are worse, and some would like to know as much. But FTD, 66 caps, lined up in the 2011 World Cup final, ultimately never activated Brennus’ shield. Unlike the 4 Fantastiques he formed with Fulgence Ouedrago, Louis Picamoles and Julien Tomas.
Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier)
For him, the end was with a Brennus shield in his hands at the Stade de France. Admit it sucks. But the 3e international line, who only played for Montpellier during his professional career, missed the most important match in the history of the club. In the stands, he attended the first national coronation of the MHR, and it was not easy to digest for him, who would have dreamed of a small place on the score sheet. His last game? On May 21 during the 25e Top 14 day against Racing 92. Fufu was treated to a nice ovation from the local public: that’s already it.
Guilhem Guirado (Montpellier)
As for Ouedraogo, Guilhem Guirado was treated to loud applause on May 21 against Racing 92. The international hooker (74 caps) had the chance to play the entire final phase of the MHR. But at the Stade de France, he was forced out in a hurry due to a concussion. Finish your last match with a KO, it is very sad. Fortunately for the Catalan: he triggered the Brennus following.
Damien Chouly (Perpignan)
like friends, Damien Choly received a strong tribute from the Perpignan club, but also from the supporters of Aimé-Giral, during the last match of the regular season against Bordeaux on June 5 (22-15 victory). This moment he particularly marked the player, who did not expect such attention. Expected to play the access match against Mont-de-Marsan, it was finally in civilian clothes that he appeared near the André and Guy Boniface stadium. A small injury was mentioned, but nothing official. It’s a shame: we would have liked to see him frolicking one last time, moreover during a cleaver match.
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