Clement Poitrenaud and the European Cup, it's been 15 years it lasts and he would like it to continue

Clement Poitrenaud and the European Cup, it's been 15 years it lasts and he would like it to continue


TOULOUSAIN STADIUM - Nobody has worn more often thanClement Poitrenaud Toulousain jersey European Cup. Out of contract next June, the back (or center) wants to continue the adventure. He said before receiving Oyonnax Saturday (4:15 p.m.).

Last Saturday in London, against the Saracens, Clement Poitrenaud played his 92nd European game in the jersey of Stade Toulousain. A course record. It is even the only French to be included in a top 10 dominated by the 110 matches of Ronan O'Gara. If he speaks of a "pride" and a "competition he loves", the former International also remembers very well that it is precisely on the European stage that his long love affair with Stade Toulouse started.

It all started fifteen years ago ...

On October 22, 2000 exactly. Aux Sept Deniers. Faced with the Ulster, he will find this season, back the young (18 years old) had been tenured for the first time in his career. In an apparently very open match (35-35!), He was replaced by Ougier shortly before the hour mark in a team where evolved Califano, Bru, Marfaing, Delaigue, Pelous or Tournaire. This does not rejuvenates you, right?Just for the record, and history as a nod know that at the time there was also in this pool ... Saracens.
Nostalgic Poitrenaud? "It's always fun to participate in this competition fifteenlater", smiles the person before letting go, always with a smile, that "it would be nice to get to 100". To provide the means will require Toulouse shows anything but last Saturday in England (7-32). A necessarily particular match less than twenty-four hours after the terrible attacks in Paris. "We will absolutely not be an excuse", insists there first. "Even if it is true that our preparation been extensively disturbed by these events. We were up very late on news channels Friday night and early Saturday morning. We talked about that even in the locker room and practically to prepare a game against one of the best European teams this was not enough as involvement ".

To keep intact their chances of qualifying Saturday against Oyonnax victory is imperative. "For them it is a special moment because this is the first time to participate in this competition and they will want to do well there. It ' is a very good team and it will still have to get the fader ", says one who turns 34 in May. It will then be out of contract.
Or stop? No hesitation: "I I want to play one more season at least I feel good physically since my ankle worries are behind me and I want to find playing time.".The Stade Toulousain, "his" club, he heard the message? "This is fifteen or sixteen years that I am here and, yes, I will like that we have a discussion. I look even if we still have some time ahead of us to consider all that ", he has responded soberly. It was felt conscious of what he had previously called "a little particular side of professional sports" and the famous age limits that come with it. Especially in Toulouse. But to know the house better than anyone, he knows a long time ...