By Simon Galinier
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Writer of his first take a look at with CastresSaturday December 31, 2022 in the course of the snatch draw at dwelling in opposition to Racing 92 (26-26), the scrum half Gauthier Doubrere (27) takes benefit of the accidents of Santiago Arata, within the restoration part, and Jérémy Fernandez, to realize taking part in time and confidence within the Tarn.
Arrived final summer season from Mont-de-Marsan (Professional D2), the native of Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) skilled in Bassoues (Gers), rediscovers the Prime 14 he knew throughout his skilled debut with Bordeaux-Bègles. Portrait of a reasonably unknown however very nice participant, and whose greatest buddy is none aside from the Toulousain and ex-Castra, Anthony Jelonch.
He skilled his coaching membership, in 3e Collection
A pure product of the Gers training sector, Gauthier Doubrère is fromArmous-et-Cau (Gers), a city of barely 100 souls of which his father Jean-Paul is the present mayor. However he began rugby on the membership within the neighboring village of Bassouesthe place his father performed for a very long time earlier than changing into its president and the place his older brother Baptiste is the present captain of the primary crew in Regional 3 (ex-3th /4th sequence).
“It is there the place I took my first license and the place I began rugby after I was 8-9 years outdated, similtaneously Anthony Jelonch. On the time, we have been in settlement with Vic Fezensac and I stayed till Minimes”, remembers the particular person involved who went backwards and forwards from Mont-de-Marsan “not less than as soon as every week” to coach the Seniors workforce of RC Bassoues/Lupiac/Montesquiou final season in 3e Collection the place he lived a superb epic: champion of the Gers, finalist of Occitanie and semi-finalist of the championship of France. “This 12 months, I now not have time to go and coach them, however I at all times observe them carefully and I come dwelling as quickly as I can. »
“We deserved to win the Crabos closing with Auch…”
Promised to a shiny future throughout his rugby debut in Bassoues, Gauthier Doubrère logically determined to affix the flagship membership of Gers, FC Auch (turned RC Auch in 2017), in Crabos. He completes all his lessons within the Gascon metropolis and meets a sure Antoine Dupont, who’s boarding with him on the Beaulieu-Lavacant agricultural highschool and with whom he’s related on the hinge within the youth classes of the FCA efficiently. Because of Doubrère in 9 and Dupont in 10, the Auscitains achieved the feat of qualifying for the ultimate of the 2014 French Crabos championship in opposition to Racing 92 of Camille Chat, Boris Palu, Louis Dupichot and Loïc Godener.
A reminiscence that continues to be imperishable, regardless of the defeat (20-18) in Saint-Junien (Haute-Vienne). “For our complete technology, it stays an excellent second that we frequently speak about, as a result of there have been solely large stables in Crabos. We too had an excellent crew with Dupont in 10 and Jelonch in 8, nevertheless it was an distinctive interval for us to succeed in the ultimate. In addition to, we deserved to win it and we nonetheless have it a bit in the best way… (laughs)”, recollects with humor Gauthier Doubrère, earlier than specifying:
“Along with Jelonch, Dupont and me, for whom it was a profession accelerator, there was additionally the middle Paul Pimienta who performs in Colomiers (Professional D2), the third row Théo Thierry, present captain of Auch (Nationale 2) , center-winger Maxime Gaignard who performed at Blagnac (Nationale) earlier than returning to Auch in 2021, and even Pierre Dupouy, who handed by way of Pau and Bourg-en-Bresse, and returned to Fleurance (Nationale 2), his coaching membership , since final summer season. After we see one another once more, we at all times speak about it, 9 years later, as a result of it was the beginning of many careers…”.
In 2015, following the FCAG’s sporting demotion to Fédérale 1, Gauthier Doubrère didn’t have the chance to evolve into Espoirs, not like Grégory Alldritt and Pierre Bourgarit, topped French Nationwide B champions in 2017, earlier than FC Auch didn’t file for chapter the next summer season and they didn’t each register La Rochelle. The scrum-half subsequently determined to spend a season with the FCA flag crew in Fédérale 1, earlier than leaving to attempt his luck within the skilled world by signing for Bordeaux-Bègles in 2015, then taking part in for 3 years in Biarritz and 1 12 months in Mont-de-Marsan.
“Jelonch and Dupont offered me the Castres membership very nicely”
Because the summer season of 2022, Gauthier Doubrère has lastly determined to calm down at Castres Olympique till 2024, below the recommendation of his ex-teammates and Auscitain mates Anthony Jelonch and Antoine Dupont. “I, after all, instructed them about my alternative and each of them offered me the Castres membership very nicely. They have been very completely happy for me, as a result of on a private degree, it was an excellent alternative to land in such a crew”, explains the CO scrum-half, earlier than discussing his robust friendship with Jelonch:
“Anthony is my greatest buddy and we are sometimes collectively. In addition to, firstly, after I signed in Castres, I didn’t but have lodging, as a result of it took me a bit time to purchase a property… So I went backwards and forwards to Toulouse and I slept at Antony’s. did me a favor!”
And even when he needed to undergo barely from the loud night breathing of threee worldwide line of the Stade Toulousain, Doubrère explains that this roommate was “going nicely”. “We have now at all times saved in contact and we actually get alongside splendidly. I’m nearer to Anthony than to Antoine, as a result of our dad and mom dwell very shut to one another. Because of this, we’re at all times caught collectively as quickly as we get dwelling, within the Gers. With Antoine, we see one another occasionally, however rather less frequently. »
“Throughout my first matches, I suffered the occasion. However I had a click on
The Gersois additionally admits that the presence of Rory Kockott, a reference to the place of scrum half and who has returned to service as a participant in current weeks, additionally weighed in his alternative to affix Castres. “It counted, as a result of he’s somebody who is aware of the job completely. However I signed to the CO, I didn’t know but that he was going to be appointed protection coach. It is supportive, nevertheless it’s additionally sophisticated, when you may have it behind you day by day. He is particular, however he encourages me and pushes me to my limits, like in a match, in order that’s excellent. »
Though he already has the Prime 14, on the very starting of his skilled profession with the UBB (9 video games from 2015 to 2018), Gauthier Doubrère additionally needed to readapt to the calls for of the Elite, after having spent 4 years in Professional D2 (3 in Biarritz and 1 in Mont-de-Marsan):
I suffered a bit from the occasion in the course of the first video games of the season. It was maybe a interval of adaptation, so I used to be withdrawn and I definitely didn’t contain myself sufficient on the bottom. However there was a click on. Now I let go extra, I make robust choices and assert myself extra with the forwards.
And this, even when he admits that the sport practiced by Castres isn’t very completely different from that which he used to orchestrate on the Stade Montois. “For me, it hasn’t modified an excessive amount of in comparison with what I did final 12 months, as a result of we had virtually the identical stress system and this very specific recreation that’s arrange in Castres. What adjustments is above all of the velocity of play and execution. »
“My mates laughed at me after my take a look at in opposition to Racing 92”
Regardless of the robust competitors raging in Castres, dealing with 3 different skilled scrum halves (Arata, Fernandez and the ghost Kockott), Gauthier Doubrère succeeded, little by little, in making his mark within the Tarn workforce, since he performed the final 5 days of Prime 14, together with one as a starter. “The employees belief me extra due to the accidents (Arata and Fernandez). We’re all made the identical: the extra we play, the extra confidence we achieve and the higher we really feel. At first of the season, it was extra sophisticated, as a result of I used to be usually out of the group, however now, I am occurring a bit and it is simpler. »
Particularly because the Gersois unlocked his take a look at counter with Castres, over the past day in opposition to Racing 92, by scoring a trickster achievement within the closed facet, which allowed the Tarnais to hold a draw (26 -26) in opposition to the Parisians. “I used to be a bit fortunate… The opposing scrum-half (Nolann Le Garrec) had simply picked up a yellow card, whereas the closed facet winger and the full-back have been on the bottom after a deal with, so it was the chance to go there…”, humbly confides Doubrère:
“All my mates laughed at me saying it was my longest attempt, after I solely did a rush of 15 meters, however that is the max for me (laughs). It is true that I should have scored about ten tries as knowledgeable, nevertheless it was all flush, after a choose and go, which is what the large guys dream of. .”
A efficiency that the previous U20 worldwide (7 caps, together with the World Juniors in 2015) hopes to repeat, this Saturday January 7 (5 p.m.), on the Stade Français pitch, 2e of the Prime 14, the place the Castres haven’t gained for greater than 20 years. “It is an important journey that may grow to be a historic match, as a result of the CO hasn’t gained in Paris for a very long time. Going through a crew filled with confidence, we must play a really large match to deliver one thing again from the capital. Because the begin of the season, we have had match throughout all our journeys, apart from the one in La Rochelle (53-7), however we have by no means been paid… It might be the weekend of full a match and go and win in Paris. It could be historic for the membership and it will do the entire group numerous good. »
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