Cazeaux (UBB) almost quit rugby after his wrist injury

Bordeaux-Bègles international second line Cyril Cazeaux, arrested for eight months last season following a wrist injury, admitted on Tuesday that he had thought of stopping his career at 27.

In seven professional seasons, Cazeaux had stopped major injuries. Until this left wrist shock that occurred in October 2021 against Perpignan with a scary diagnosis. “I had a ruptured wrist ligament, more osteoarthritis, all the broken cartilage, I had the whole damaged wrist”, recalls the Girondin forward.

“Mentally, it’s very hard because I lived quite complicated periods to know if I was going to continue to play rugby or not, he continues. I saw several surgeons, with opinions. I was said that if I had the planned operation, I could quit rugby, not recover from it. So sometimes I would go out on dates, it’s a bit complicated. Then I put this possibility out of my head .”

Cazeaux was practiced a first time, a joint washing which was not enough. “Afterwards, he continues, they removed a row of bones from me and they put a plate in my wrist to stabilize all that. When I saw that it was pinning well, that I could to resume rugby, it was a pure pleasure to find the group”.

The international with four selections, holder during the victorious match of the Blues in Australia in July 2021 (28-26), had to wait several weeks before returning to the weight room – “which I know by heart”, he smiles. “Fortunately during this period, the group in Bordeaux was top and as I am very close to my family, I was returning to Dax, it was a breeze for me.”

Back on the pitch last spring, Cazeaux has the power to resume for the final stages of the 2021-22 season. Too early. “I missed rugby so much, there were more injuries (in the team), I said to myself if there is an opportunity, I have to take it as much as possible but I knew in my head that I was not not ready to play”.

This season, after having followed a normal preparation, he started in the Top 14 against Toulouse (26-25 defeat) and Castres (33-12 victory), and is applying for Saturday’s match in Bayonne (5:00 p.m.) as part of the 4th day.

As for the France team and the prospect of competing in the World Cup in a year, Cazeaux is in the dark. “I had the impression of letting the wagon go and then you are quickly forgotten. This injury is like a blow to the back of the head, but I don’t forget the Blues, I keep them in a corner but Above all, I have to find my feelings and my level in the club.”


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