US Montauban: the Pro D2 season resumes with a Rouen staff led by Sébastien Tillous-Borde, new manager

US Montauban: the Pro D2 season resumes with a Rouen staff led by Sébastien Tillous-Borde, new manager
US Montauban: the Pro D2 season resumes with a Rouen staff led by Sébastien Tillous-Borde, new manager

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It’s back to school for USM. Training resumes with a 100% revamped staff. Exit Lafond, Aucagne, Byrne and others, make way for Sébastien Tillous-Borde, André Hough, Johan Snyman and Cameron Ruiz, a quartet that officiated last year in Rouen.

Barely a month after the hard-fought relegation final in Narbonne, the USM players are heading back to Sapiac this morning (10am). They could almost believe they were at the outdated Diochon stadium. In addition to three players from Rouen Normandie Rugby (Jackson, Vallée, Mouchous), the USM management has brought back the entire staff that officiated last season on the banks of the Seine, a season that ended with a direct relegation to the National League.

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In a sober press release on the club website, USM welcomes the departure of the former staff. “The club would like to thank Pierre-Philippe Lafond, David Byrnes, David Aucagne, Julien Gauthier, as well as Nicolas Szezur for their professionalism and their commitment to their missions, particularly in maintaining the club assured at the end of the season. We wish them good luck for the rest of their careers.”

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USM Sapiac announces its new staff for next season with Sébastien TILLOUS-BORDES at its head??

The announcement?: https://t.co/07ZfjEvKT3#AllezSapiac #GreenArmy pic.twitter.com/Lg4CdWwlMs

— USM Sapiac (@UsmSapiacRugby) https://twitter.com/UsmSapiacRugby/status/1807702363827794091?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Former staff thanked

With the exception of Julien Gauthier, the only one who announced his departure at the end of the season, all the members of the former staff still had one year of contract to honor, hence tough negotiations which extended the deadlines. At the club since 2011 as a player in Fédérale 1 then in Pro D2 before joining the staff, David Byrnes, who had until then escaped all the storms, did not survive this season of “mute”.

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At the same time, the management confirmed what had been in the pipeline for several weeks, namely the arrival of Sébastien Tillous-Borde as manager, André Hough as backs coach, David Snyman for the forwards as well as Cameron Ruiz, another Rouen player as physical trainer.

After training the backs of RC Toulon for two years, Tillous-Borde spent two years in the National at Bourgoin, before having his first experience as a Pro D2 coach last year in Rouen. He will continue to work with Johan Snyman and André Hough, two South Africans who have played in the Top 14 and Pro D2 fields.

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The first, second row of his state, played in Brive from 2015 to 2019 before stopping due to recurring injuries. He first coached the young people of CAB and a Premiere series club (Terrasson), before making a detour to Cahors. Arriving in Rouen in 2022, he was more specifically responsible for the sidelines before taking on the work of the forwards.

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André Hough is also a young coach. Arriving in Albi then in the Top 14, attracted by the late Eric Béchu, the fly-half played twice for two years at the SCA and spent six seasons at the Section Paloise, before finishing in 2017 on a freelance basis at Morlaas (Fédérale 1) . Since then, “Dédé” has coached Macon in Nationale 2. Here is the USM in working order for a season that all supporters hope will be more serene.

Arrivals: Clément Bitz (2nd row, Bériers); Baptiste Mouchous (Back, Rouen); Maxilme Espeut (Centre, Béziers); Joe Powell (scrum-half, Lyon); Paul Vallée (Winger, Rouen); Facundo Pomponio (pillar); JT Jackson (Centre, Rouen); Sikhumbuzo Notshe (3rd row); Victor Moreaux (2nd row, Perpignan).
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