Death of Jean-Jacques Vigeant, rugby figure in Cognac and Saint-Jean-d’Angély

Trained at USC, where he went through all the categories of young people, in the heart of the fray, this player with remarkable physical qualities left the memory of a solid fellow, tough on evil and generous in the effort, but above all of a boy very attached to the cognac colors, under which he knew the greatest joys, such as those of the title of champion of France in the 2nd Division in 1995, in the company of his front line friends Thierry Saviot and Luigi Joubert.

Under the red and white shirt

Still in the red and white USC jersey, he then scrapped, for three international seasons, with the pillars of Narbonne, Toulouse and Agen (Tournaire, Califano and Crenca) before returning to dark Sundays in the second division.

In adversity, Jean-Jacques Vigeant remained faithful to his club, before joining the club of Saint-Jean-d’Angély at the end of his career. His coach at the time, Jérôme Di Tommaso, likes to evoke the earthy side of the character, leader on the field but also outside, until the third half: “There was a Vigeant ritual. Every Sunday morning, before the match at 10 o’clock, he swallowed a dozen oysters and a glass of white wine. That did not prevent him from being the best on the pitch at 40 or so. »

A competitor at heart, Jean-Jacques Vigeant ended his sporting career with the Lyon boules club of Cognac-Châteaubernard, with which, in the first year, he won the Coupe de France.

In 2016, Jean-Jacques Vigeant took over from Didier Brouillet at the head of the Association Sportive des Verriers, Lyon boules section, in Châteaubernard near Cognac.

Sandra Ballian, “South West” archives

To his wife Corinne and his children Loïck and Elya, very affected by this brutal death, “Sud Ouest” offers its sincere condolences.

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