Gers. Rugby: Clément Briscadieu looks back on his transition from player to coach at RC Auch

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Tomorrow afternoon, in the Landes, Clément Briscadieu will live his third official match from the stands. After defending the colors of RC Auch on the pitch until last season, the latter now holds the position of forwards coach.

During the off-season, Clément Briscadieu went from scrum half of RC Auch to forwards coach. On the eve of a trip to the lawn of Tyrosse on behalf of the 3rd day of the championship, he explains this transition and his adaptation to his brand new position.

Clément, how is the transition between player and current coach going?

The transition is going pretty well. I am well supported by Fred (Pujo) and Greg (Menkarska) who are more experienced. It is certain that the fact of not entering the field with my teammates and going to sit in the stands, inactive, was a little strange against Périgueux. But in terms of training, I’m learning to find my place little by little. I have a lot of enthusiasm. In addition, my former teammates transformed this transition for me by being part of things and especially by their involvement during training sessions. I can work calmly.

The RCA relies on a conquering pack. Is there already the Briscadieu touch?

We must be conquerors. Since the dawn of time, Auch has relied on forward temperaments, it’s rooted in our identity. With Greg, we try to convey this, to rely on our strengths from previous years and to progress on what we do less well. We have to raise our level in this division.

Sometimes, the RCA finds itself in defense in a match and drops in speed. What work is being done to eliminate this problem?

When it comes to defensive wanderings, the players work hard. There was better against Saint-Jean-de-Luz which is a team that holds the ball a lot, which forces its opponent to defend a lot and therefore to make mistakes. The drop in speed may be due to this. The team worked well physically, for example against Périgueux on the contrary, we finished the match strong without supporting the intensity to finally tip the result on the siren.

First away game on Saturday at Tyrosse. How do you approach the meeting?

We know the qualities of the Tyrossais. So we are going to approach this match like the two previous ones with a lot of humility but also a lot of appetite. The N2 is an exciting but also very demanding championship, as we can see after two games, nothing will be easy.

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