The chosen group – 12 players from professional clubs (following an agreement between the National League and the French Federation), including four hopefuls, and 12 other players from the Federation – has 11 “Word Rugby Sevens” stages, played at the four pieces of the planet, to convince the French staff of ex-US Dax pro, Jérôme Daret. “Among this group, 14 players are selected for each tournament, explains the player who will be 26 at the end of December. The first official tournament in Hong Kong went well for us, with a bronze medal, after a victorious preparatory tournament in Spain. Personally, everything went well. »
“The preparation, the stages and the different tournaments take up a lot of my time, but I don’t regret it”
Currently in Marcoussis, Dorian Laborde is preparing for the next qualifying stage, which will take place in early December in Dubai, before continuing eight days later in Cape Town, South Africa. This allows him to live again after several complicated years. After four seasons with the professionals of Stade Montois (2015-2019) which allowed him to shine, punctuated by a semi-final against Perpignan (28-8) and a play-off against Vannes (50-10), he joined the elite of French rugby.
Two and a half seasons at Racing 92 then followed (28 games, including 11 starts, for four tries): “I had a good first season, while discovering the Top 14, before playing less and go to Toulon as a medical joker. I discovered two clubs where the structures are at the top. »
He played six games with the Rade club (four starts and one try), before changing gears again last summer. And this season, he is now in Perpignan where, caught up in his rugby sevens obligations, he has only been able to play two games: “The preparation for Capbreton with the group, the stages at Marcoussis and the various tournaments keep me busy. a lot, but I don’t regret it. »
Because the Landais does not want to waste the opportunity that presents itself to him to be, why not, an actor of the future Olympic Games. Even if he is a Top 14 player, rugby sevens is not a discovery for the Morcenais puncher, who played under the tricolor jersey among young people, alongside the French teams at fifteen, in less than 18 and under 19 years old.
Souvenirs from the Landes
Having left the Landes for more than three years, the center or winger has not forgotten his roots, especially when he talks about the future: “Who knows, maybe one day I will come back to play there? “Because the Morcenais, arrived at the Stade Montois in minimal, has not forgotten his first rugby years. “I played in all categories and all the educators I had marked me and brought something to me. »
Thus, Dorian Laborde even tries, when he (re) comes to breathe the air of Mons, to come and see his former mentors: “Claude Marson, Yannick Agrech, Olivier Toulouze, Fabrice Lalanne and Fabien Devecchi, the two coaches in Hope, with who I was champion of France against Oyonnax in 2016. Without forgetting Christophe Laussucq of course, who launched me in the pennant team. And I always enjoy seeing the players with whom I played. »