By Clement Mazella
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On September 4, the name of Dimitri Delibes was mentioned by Fabien Galthie on the set of Canal +. The coach of the XV of France spoke about the possible tricolor group selected for the 2023 World Cup. He admitted that if he had a large majority of names in mind, he did not close any door, and in particular not to a UFO potentialthis player arrives a bit from nowhere and suddenly reveals himself, like the Gabin Villière, Melvyn Jaminet or even Thibaud Flament.
In addition to the Bordeaux Louis Bielle-Biarrey, the pillar of Oyonnax Thomas Laclayat or the second line Bastien Chalureau, we therefore found the Toulousain Dimitri Delibes among the names given by Galthié. “He’s a player we’ve been following for a while,” even said the strongman of the Blues. Confirmation also that this 23-year-old player, trained in Blagnac (Haute-Garonne), achieves performances that do not go unnoticed.
A white season due to pubalgia
It was under the leadership of a certain Christophe Deylaud, well known in the Toulouse house, that Dimitri Delibes started in Seniors, at only 17 years old, with Blagnac in Fédérale 1. In 2018, he joined the Toulouse stadiumwith which he will be champion of France Espoirs (2021), and plays 6 games with the first team when it achieves a fabulous double Top 14 / European Cup.
A real joy for him who struggled when he arrived at the Rouge et Noir, having been on the sidelines for more than a season due to a stubborn pubalgia. The boy, well supported, suspended himself, and today he is an integral part of the Stade Toulousain rotation.
Bouilhou: “He has legs”
At the start of the 2022-2023 season, his name was each time lying on the score sheet in the Top 14. Delibes took over with two starts (UBB and Toulon), then a replaced match as in Pau. Evolving both in the center and on the wing. “His winger / center versatility can be very interesting for him”, says the forwards coach Jean Bouilhou.
If it is versatile, it was as a center that it was formed. A position he held during the bonus victory won against Toulon (28-8). “He showed effective passing qualities for this position of 13. Dimitri brings continuity to the game, it’s obvious. It’s even very positive. We certainly saw him lose a few balls in contact, but he will correct that. He has legs, and it’s a position that suits him, ”says Bouilhou.
Guitoune: “It clicked last year”
Facing the RCT, Delibes formed the pair in the center for the first time with Sofiane Guitoune (33 years old) who, after the departures of Huget and Médard, became the “dad” of the back lines of Stade Toulousain: “Against Toulon, he had a great match. Since I have been in Toulouse, he is a guy who has always trained with us. He had physical problems younger, but the staff had detected his potential. He has a profile somewhat similar to mine, and sincerely I enjoyed playing with him in the center, ”said the international (9 caps).
Guitoune adds: “I think he had a little click last season”. It was indeed during the 2021-2022 financial year that Dimitri Delibes revealed himself, contesting 12 matches, notably starting in the 8are finals (Ulster, 80 minutes) and quarter-finals (Munster, 44 minutes) of the Champions Cup. Guitoune is full of praise for him: “He’s a great player, very athletic, strong, a boy who understands rugby…” Dimitri Delibes starts from afar, but he has traits of UFO potential for the XV of France.
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