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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rugger Girls: Part 23: A gap in the game grows


23rd chapter of the summary of the history of women's rugby in France, from the book "Rugger Girls"("Des Filles en Ovalie"), written by Jacques B. Corti and Yaneth Pinilla Foreword by Serge Betsen. Published weekly(ish) by French women's rugby blog Des Filles en Ovalie.

The France team was now definitely on an upward trend. Despite the small setbacks, especially the loss, after the 2002 World Cup of key players like Nathalie Amiel, Annick Hayraut or Delphine Roussel, Les Bleues continue to renew themselves and to grow. The showcase of women's rugby is now a solid and reliable.

Behind, it is still a mess. The clubs have recurring problems: finance and staffing. The dominant impression is that everyone works alone in their own corner. Another development that is not necessarily accepted very well: the needs of the French team set the pace for the development of women's rugby.

Bernard Delfour, who started with Gennevilliers in 1984, lived through all the recent twists and noticed that there are few written records. Especially in communication: "We learned most news unofficially, before the papers that came to the clubs. "

The quality of communication between the clubs and the French team was in decline. "With Marie-CĂ©line Bernard there was a lot of dialogue with the club coaches. Daniel Dupont, too. Since 2002 we felt a cut. Nothing was known. Some girls announce they are training, some not, and we do not hear about trials. "

These changes contribute to a feeling of nostalgia or regret among some in the game. Claude Izoard, vice president of Violettes Bressanes, linked the changes to his feelings: "I feel that the old values have been lost. People are less supportive. One has the feeling that girls are much more individualistic, just say that they are rugby."


Extract from the book "Des Filles en Ovalie", Editions Atlantica (2005), Written by Jacques B. Corti / Yaneth Pinilla Foreword by Serge Betsen.

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