The former international and consultant Pierre Villepreux and the vice-president of the FFR Lætitia Pachoud presented all the training of French rugby players at the Lectoure festival at Voix haute.
On Sunday July 24 at the former Bladé school, the Lectoure à Voix haute association offered, as part of its 8th festival, the theme of which was: “Go there to be sport”, a meeting with Pierre Villepreux, who came to speak “French Flair” with journalist Sébastien Vaissière (from the Toulouse magazine Panard) with Lætitia Pachoud, vice-president of the FFR in charge of solidarity.
Great player of the XV of France, Pierre Villepreux wore the jersey of number 15 at the rear position. He is part of the workforce of Stade Toulousain after that of CA Brive. From 1982 to 1989, he coached Stade Toulousain (with Jean-Claude Skrela since 1983), a club with which he was French champion in 1985, 1986 and 1989. In the 80s and 90s, he wrote columns in newspaper columns Release and did a brief stint as a consultant on Canal+.
After serving as national technical director in Italy, he reunited with Jean-Claude Skrela in the France squad, the team they would lead to the 1999 Rugby World Cup final, as well as two Grand Slam victories in 1997 and 1998. He is now considered one of the greatest theoreticians of French rugby. In 2018, he became the twelfth Frenchman to be admitted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Highlighting the values of rugby
During this meeting, Pierre Villepreux retraced the entire history of the training of French rugby players, which gave excellent international results (43 graduated from the hope center at the Jolimont high school in Toulouse): “I am for freedom of the player”. His remarks were supplemented by those of Lætitia Pachoud, who provided information on the FFR’s new strategy in this area. “There is a respect for the rules in our sport. The France team that we have in place has an average age of 24-25 years, ”she underlines.
The French flair in rugby, debate of the magazine PANARD today at the Lectoure festival out loud, with Pierre Villepreux, L. Pachoud animated by@sebvaissiere. Read the article in PANARD. pic.twitter.com/KMqjztbvSS
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An original and particularly passionate meeting on the values of this favorite sport of the South West and all the work done by the clubs, bodies and trainers of the rugby family to train the players of today and tomorrow. The intervention of Pierre Villepreux, one of the precursors of French flair in rugby, is published in the journal Panard.