Rugby: nicknamed “Arm wrestling”, the former international Paul Biémouret is gone

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Former third line of the XV of France and SU Agen, champion of France in 1966, the Gersois Paul Biémouret died on Wednesday November 23 at the age of 79.

He was nicknamed “Arm wrestling” for his power, his commitment and his efficiency in the fight for possession of the ball. Pierre Biémouret, better known by the first name of Paul (his middle name), died Wednesday in Toulouse at the age of 79, following a long illness, presented behind him a great void among those who knew him. throughout a rich career.

Born in Mas-d’Auvignon in the Gers, on April 11, 1943, this former hard-fought third-line wing had enjoyed the heyday of SU Agen, with whom he lifted the Shield of Brennus in 1966, after a final won by a small point against Dax (9-8). Champion of France, Paul Biémouret also reached the final of the Challenge Yves-du-Manoir in 1970, a final this time lost against Toulon.

This consistency at the highest level allowed him to honor his first selection with the XV of France in 1969, against England (22-8 defeat), during the V Nations Tournament. He will rub shoulders with the Blues, another Gersois, the Auscitain Jacques Fouroux, but also many great players like Jo Maso, Pierre Villepreux, Jean-Claude Skrela or the Spanghero brothers. Paul Biémouret notably took part in a tour of South Africa in 1971 and was also the author of a memorable try in 1972 against England, in Colombes, his only try for the France team. He played his last international match against Ireland in 1973 (6-4 defeat).

“He loved life, he had many friends”

After his career at SU Agen, Paul Biémouret returned to his native Gers to assess at Fleurance and Condom, with whom he was crowned second division French champion in 1978. He then turned to a coaching career, and had notably officiated on the bench of the Catania team, in Italy.

Paul BIÉMOURET left yesterday. He was an emblematic player of the XV of France, alongside Jo Maso, Walter and Claude Spanghero in particular. Nicknamed Arm wrestling, he left his mark on the French team and SU Agen.
All my condolences to his family and loved ones.

— Bernard Laporte (@BernardLaporte_) November 24, 2022

Former coach of Lombez Samatan, L’Isle-Jourdain, Auch, Agen and Albi, now manager of L’Entente Astarac-Bigorre XV, Henry Broncan pays tribute to this figure of Gers rugby. “He was a Gersois. Someone from our hometown. Today, I compared him to Anthony Jelonch. They have a lot of resemblance. He was not a brilliant player perhaps but so effective on regroupings, a big tackler who didn’t use brutality. He didn’t need to fight. He didn’t cross the field but he was the kind of player you need in a squad. He loved life, he had many friends and he was very appreciated by everyone. Affable in private, he was an altruistic player. I tell you, the Jelonch of his time. At the time, the big club was Agen, when after his career in Lot-et-Garonne, it was Maurice Mességué (Editor’s note: the “plant pope”), who brought him to Fleurance.

Former husband of former MP Gisèle Biémouret, with whom he had two children, Anne and Jean, Paul Biémouret lived his last years on his farm, which he rarely left. To his family and loved ones, La Dépêche du Midi sends its sincere condolences.

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