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Philippe Saint-André (Montpellier): “I by no means thought I’d go from thirteenth within the High 14 to champion of France”

Montpellier sports activities director Philippe Saint-André and his workers had been awarded on the 18th Evening of Rugby. (©Icon Sport)

French rugby champion for the primary time in its historical past, final June in opposition to Castres, the membership of Montpellier received virtually all of the titles in the course of the 18e Rugby Evening, this Monday, September 26. The English third line Zach Mercer succeeded Antoine Dupont by profitable the award for greatest participant within the High 14 of the 2021-2022 seasonand the scrum-half of Toulouse and the XV of France needed to accept the trophy for the perfect French worldwide.

The neo-Montpellier, Léo Coly, creator of a panoramic 2021-2022 season with Mont-de-Marsan, additionally received two distinctions, that of the perfect participant and revelation of the Professional D2, whereas the sports activities administration from MHRconsisting particularly of Philippe Saint-Andre, Olivier Azam, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and Bruce Reihanaobtained the trophy from greatest High 14 workers of the season. It’s an immense delight for the director of rugby for the Cistes, Philippe Saint-André, as a result of it rewards long-term work within the Hérault, as he confided to the microphone ofRugby Information.

“I salute my president, since you needed to be courageous to recollect me”

“23 months in the past, we had been penultimate of the High 14. We lived by way of sophisticated occasions, however 23 months later, we two titlestogether with the Brennus defend “, defined the sports activities director of the MHR, who had a chaotic 2020-2021 season within the High 14, however nonetheless topped by a victory within the closing of the Problem Cup in opposition to the English of Leicester.

“PSA” then wished to dedicate this trophy to all of the stakeholders of the Hérault membership, particularly those that work within the shadows, behind the scenes. “I want to thank the gamers first, as a result of with out them, we’d have had nothing. We now have distinctive gamers who’ve adhered to what has been supplied to them”, he first indicated, earlier than persevering with:

I additionally congratulate my workers, as a result of we’re 23 folks working with ardour. And I want to salute my president all the identical, since you needed to be courageous to name me again and tackle Philippe Saint-André. He did it and I thank him, as a result of he received me again within the sport and we introduced again the primary Brennus within the historical past of the Montpellier membership. I am very comfortable for that. This rewards the funding, the work, the selflessness and the questioning of a bunch of gamers and a top quality workers round me.

Philippe Saint-AndreMontpellier Sports activities Director
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The Montpellier workers made up of Alexandre Ruiz, Olivier Azam, Philippe Saint-André, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and Bruce Reihana. (©Icon Sports activities)

“After a 5-year break, my spouse stated to me: ‘You are pawing at it to return! »

On a private word, the previous coach of the XV of France, Philippe Saint-André, additionally remembers that he got here again from very far, after his fully failed expertise with the Blues, from 2011 to 2015. Do not forget that throughout his 4 years on the head of the France workforce, “PSA” has a lower than rosy report, because it has not received any 6 Nations Event, ending fourth at greatest, and was closely eradicated by the All Blacks within the quarters closing of the 2015 World Cup. Nevertheless, the get together assures that his second youth lived within the Hérault shouldn’t be tinged with “no feeling of revenge”:

I had reduce for five years (from 2015 to 2020, editor’s word) and I had determined to not practice anymore. My spouse stated to me: “You are pawing at it with the will to return there!” And once I got here again, I did it with ardour and certainly additionally quite a lot of thought in comparison with what I had achieved earlier than. What’s true is that in 23 months, I by no means thought I’d go from penultimate within the High 14 to champion of France. It is an entire workforce and an formidable membership that can proceed to maneuver ahead, as a result of we need to win different trophies.

Philippe Saint-AndreMontpellier Sports activities Director

The 55-year-old technician, native of Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme) and spent on the benches of Gloucester (England), Bourgoin-Jallieu, Sale (England) and Toulon, lastly confides that he’s not happy and has at all times hungry for fulfillment. “It is not arduous to depart. The toughest half is on the stage of the supervisor, as a result of it’s important to relaunch the gamers and the workers, and be much more demanding, as a result of robotically, once you win a title, you’re extra anticipated. You noticed it, we celebrated the Brennus, however it was regular. We had chosen to take 5 weeks of trip, however for the reason that 1er August, we work arduous and we do not surrender. And our begin to the season shouldn’t be too unhealthy, since after 4 days, we’re first tied with Stade Toulousain, then again we all know that the High 14 is hard and that we should not loosen up. “A decompression prohibited from this Sunday, October 2 (9:05 p.m.), going through Toulousein the course of the shock of the 5e High 14 day at GGL Stadium.

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