Rugby is growing, so it's precariousness

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They are just starting and must already think about the end. Anticipate, especially when it can arrive faster than expected. "Once you have finished your career, your network and reputation are interrupted very quickly, some say," I should have taken my cards while I was a player, because after that I am no longer a person "…" The warning comes from Laure Vitou, director general of Provale, the union of professional rugby players. Return to a routine visit, last season, to the youth of the training center of Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère). A club downgraded to Federal 1 (3is division), away from its splendor of the years '90 and' 000.

This is because professional rugby also produces its precarious. His unemployed. His fired. His retirees are premature. In short, many players forced to think so soon to a conversion elsewhere than on land. "The situation is changing badly" grants Robin Tchale-Watchou. The former second-line Montpellier was re-elected president of Provale for a new four-year term on January 7th. "C & # 39; is a general anxiety"recognizes Laurent Baluc-Rittener, former third line of Albi, who was also looking for work.

To sum up, the more this sport grows, the more careers can be reduced. The phenomenon is first of all the decisions of the clubs, which weigh on their players a "Performance screed"says Benoît Guyot. The third line left professional rugby in 2016, at the age of 27. His course was nevertheless promising: training at the French stadium, passages at Biarritz Olympique and Stade Rochelais … so no other contract in the Top 14 or in the Pro D2. "Everything you do, your level, etc., during the night can be completely put aside." There is a real anxiety about what will happen.With these questions: what will I do? In his case, he continues to play for fun with Suresnes, in Federal 1.

"Collateral damages"

Every season, many of them leave the professional world of the Top 14 or the Pro D2. Or because they find themselves without a club at the end of their contract. Or, even more brutal, because the clubs have seen them along the way. " Today, confirms Tchale-Watchou, we see the interruptions in the initial contracts. Two players contacted me this month to tell me that their clubs had just called them for an interview and wanted to fire them for sporting reasons. " He attributes the president of Provale "This collateral damage" to the evolution of professional rugby. "In their frenetic rush for performance" and therefore to the sport profitability, the presidents of the employers have two appointed officials in case of results considered insufficient : "The trainer or the players."

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