XV of France: Galthie, the man of Montgesty

Montgesty, 335 souls, became the time of a morning epicenter of French rugby. It is at the end of a winding road, in the foothills of the Quercy National Park north of Cahors, that Fabien Galthié decided to present the new staff of the XV of France. History will note that the former international scrum-half and his team have laid the foundation stone for a milestone that will lead them to the World Cup organized in France in four years.

The new coach, who is not at a framing-overflow, deliberately surprised everyone by summoning the media in the tiny village hall of his native village that had rarely experienced such effervescence. "It seemed normal to open our houses, our roots, our origins," says the new boss of the Blues. It gives us strength and strength, we need it. "

"I told them they will have to bring the trophy back here"

An allusion to the immense task that awaits him as the elimination of the French quarter-final (20-19) against Wales has not shown that the hexagonal rugby was completely restored. Offshoring in the provinces seems to have convinced everyone since Raphael Ibañez, native of Landes, will host the next brainstorming on the Atlantic coast in December. "It is not so often that one has the right to such honors, throws on a brave air and with a wink a resident. And in addition it forces the Parisians to move a little … "

While the son details his ambitions before a studious studious, Jean-Noël Galthié is busy. The father administers the town for two terms now, in March a third in March, and is delighted with the choice of his village to host this unprecedented meeting. "It did not cost the commune anything. I specify because the day of the ceremony of November 11, some have come to see me. I only put the room and my communal employee at the disposal of the federation. "

And in four years in case of success of the Blues, the city of Montgesty hopes to be entitled to a visit. "If we ever win the World Cup, I told them they will have to bring the trophy back here," smiled the father with a delicious stony accent.

"He was a winner, always moaning"

Since Sunday, he lodged on the family farm the assistants of his son who spent three days on their vision of the XV of France and jealously kept the secret. Scenes that probably plunge him back years when "Fabien came to spend his holidays here at his in-laws". It was during the move to the suburbs of Toulouse that the father enrolled in rugby his two offspring, Fabien and his younger brother Patrice. "Jean-Noël set up the rugby school of Tournefeuille in 1977 (Editor's note: near Colomiers) and trained us for four years, "recalls Laurent Carrere, current president of the club.

The band of friends of the subdivision of Paderne is passionate about the oval ball. "We quickly saw that Fabien was above the crowd. He was a winner, always moaning. I remember the daddy who one day came out in front of the house with a letter in his hand. It was Fabien's summons for the French team. In the region, there was him and Jerome Cazalbou. He was proud. "

It is then in Colomiers that the new coach will harden and become in 2002 the best player in the world. The Tournefeuille club would like the desire to turn as highlighted Ibañez to "rugby fields and campaigns" results in a detour Fabien Galthie by Tournefeuille. History to reconnect with its roots and remember that everything started one day in Montgesty and Tournefeuille.

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