By Simon Galinier
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The life of a professional rugby player is not eternal. The Top 14 players have therefore become aware of the importance of preparing for their post-career by anticipating their retraining. This is the case, for example, of the rear experimentation of Castres Julien Dumora (34 years old), under contract with the CO until June 2024 and who should hang up his crampons next.
“I had training at the Castres barracks last week”
Indeed, in parallel with rugby, the Béarnais trained in Arudy then passed through Pau, Toulon and Lyon before joining the Tarn in 2014, preparing a retraining as a firefighter :
“Last week, I took advantage of the international break to undergo training to become volunteer firefighter at the barracks of Castres”, indicates the person concerned who was reached with the Emergency Relief for People (SUAP). ” This allowed me to clear my head and of see other chosen than rugby while anticipating the rest of my life”. An environment of fire soldiers intimately linked to that of rugby and in which Julien Dumora will be able to put his sporting skills and his human qualities to good use. Even if currently the back of the CO is more known for making sparks on a rugby pitch than for containing a fire.
“I pass the professional firefighter competition in November 2023”
Once he has validated this training, Julien Dumora will be able to take guards and do doubles to get into a Rescue and Assistance Vehicle for Victims (VSAV), reserved for first aid. Ultimately, the 2018 French champion and Top 14 finalist in 2022 has the ambition to “become a professional firefighter”:
“That’s my goal, since I’m taking the competition in a year, in November 2023,” he explains, before reassuring Castres supporters: “It’s to prepare for my future and my post-career, as soon as I will have stopped rugby, but first, I will continue to give my all with the CO”, he underlines, before admitting that this international break was not too much, after having chained 10 days consecutive in Top 14:
Mentally and physically, this break did a lot of good. It also allowed us to enjoy our families. It feels good to find a fresh group ready to tackle this second block of the championship.
For their return to the league, the Castres of Julien Dumora travel to the European champion, La Rochellethis Saturday, November 26 (3 p.m.), on behalf of the 11e day of the Top 14. A huge challenge for Tarnais who have never won away from their bases this season and have only brought back a meager point from Perpignan.
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