The Amateur Rugby Trophies organized by “La Dépêche du Midi” highlighted the career of Jacques Laurans, an emblematic leader of the oval planet.
“You just have to be there at the right time”. Thursday evening, under the spotlights of the Agen convention center, with the humility that characterizes him, Jacques Laurans did not want to make tons of the weight he had in world rugby.
Invited by the group “La Dépêche du Midi” to participate in the first edition of the Amateur Rugby Trophies, the emblematic leader commented on his monumental career with this simple sentence: “You just have to be there at the right time”.
Arrived in Agen in 1945 when the SUA was crowned champion of France, he himself touched the end of the wood in 1958 with the juniors, in 1960 and 1965 with the reserve but also in 1965 with the pennant team (injured, he does not contest the final).
Founder of the departmental committee in 1977, 45 years ago, he took the head of the regional committee in 1989 before being elected to the federation in 1991.
Vernon Pugh Award
Albret Ferrasse is still the president but “Tonton” is replaced by Bernard Lapasset. “Jacky” is appointed Secretary General. He would later be an active vice-president of the federation.
In 1997, he joined the closed circle of the IRB (International Rugby Board), now World Rugby. He was its director from 2000 to 2008. Director of the 2003 World Cups in Australia and 2007 in France, president of the Six Nations Committee from 2002 to 2008, he has known it all.
So much so that the Vernon Pugh Award, which honors the great servants of world rugby, was presented to him in 2021 by the Englishman Bill Beaumont. Jacques Laurans is now president of the Ferrasse Foundation created in 1990 under the aegis of the Fondation de France.
A big hard worker
Thursday evening, at the convention center, this former teacher who was a correspondent for “La Dépêche du Midi” admitted to being a big boss. In Paris, he was often the first to arrive at the federation. At 7 a.m. Fine diplomat, informed of everything but saying nothing, he knew how to distill information drop by drop.
Tenacious, persevering, he had the art of leading with a masterful hand. A man of influence, he never forgot the pillars of rugby, succeeded by Charles Calbet, Guy Basquet and Albert Ferrasse.
Thursday, in front of 300 people, dynamic, enthusiastic, he was still just as comfortable with a microphone. These amateur rugby trophies organized by our newspaper in collaboration with the departmental committee of Jean-Marc Garin reminded him, like many, of the good times of the great evenings of the Périgord-Agenais committee.
The headquarters of the PA being in Agen, the committee offered once a year in Bergerac an evening as grandiose as it was endless in the presence of internationals and all the forces of amateur rugby. Everyone was happy to meet, to exchange. The bell towers rugby family was reunited for its greatest pleasure. It is again.