After getting his ticket for the Top 14 on Saturday against Bayonne, Biarritz will have to quickly switch to next season. With obviously reinforcements (including opener Brett Herron and scrum half Tomas Cubelli) and a new coach in his staff (Barry Maddocks). The hard part begins.
Night was short. Or more exactly, she never stopped. Victorious in a derby as poor as it was panting against Bayonne, Biarritz Olympique celebrated its return to Top 14. First at the stadium, then at the beach with the family this Sunday afternoon, under the sun. It must be said that the Biarrots went through all the emotions before winning at the end of the suspense and a penalty shootout in an Aguiléra enclosure filled and boiling as rarely. However, after the celebrations, questions will quickly come. How will the BO be able to compete in the first division? With what reinforcements, not to take the lift or live a season as difficult as Agen? Time is obviously running out before the opening of next season, in two and a half months.
“We will do with our means and our convictions, explains President Jean-Baptiste Aldigé to RMC Sport. Many commentators have explained that this team could never exist in the Top 14, that we were going to take a drop against the Top 14 team in this play-off. I haven’t seen a 25 class gap… There are lots of kinds of rugby, but what matters is to believe that we are a group, the way we are the fact and go in the same direction. With us, it is perhaps not very academic at all levels of the club, starting with me … We will play our luck. low budget of Top 14 but we will go with all our pride to represent Biarritz and give the best possible face. “
Barry Maddocks in the staff
In the staff, alongside Shaun Sowerby, a new strong man will arrive this summer to compensate for the departure of Nicolas Nadau in Grenoble. This is Barry Maddocks, who will be in charge of the back lines. The arrival of the Welshman is complete. Among the players, here too, the Basque leaders had already made good progress but not completed their recruitment. The Argentine international scrum-half Tomas Cubelli will be one of the headliners, as will the English opening half of the Harlequins Brett Herron, not to mention the versatile second row Josh Tyrell, the Agen third row Antoine Erbani or the pillar. Zakaria El Fakir.
Other recruits will follow in the days or weeks to come to join a group which will still draw on his elements of experience, such as New Zealander Francis Saili and English captain Steffon Armitage, the hero of the weekend. At the beginning of September, Biarritz will jump into the deep end of the Top 14. Another world, even more competitive. “Three years ago, we embraced the cause of the BO which was relegated to Federal 1, recalls Aldigé. And in three years, we put the BO where it should be in the hearts of people, that is to say in Top 14. We are the little thumb who has just fired the door. We are very happy, very proud. We have given the Biarrots a lot of happiness and we have proved that the city of Biarritz could have a professional club while we has heard a lot in the last six months that it wasn’t… “