While he announced his retirement at the end of the season, Yoann Huget injured his Achilles tendon against Racing on Saturday. The Toulousain left the field, probably for the last time, in tears.
It is perhaps the last time that we saw Yoann Huget on a rugby field, this Saturday evening, on the occasion of the 22nd day of Top 14. During the clash between Stade Toulousain and Racing 92, the winger came out in tears, visibly heavily injured, in the 35th minute. He announced the end of his career at the end of the season. It may well have ended sooner than expected for him.
It was on an attempt to overflow against Antoine Gibert, at the end of the line, that the French international was injured. Falling to the ground near the touchline, he remained prostrate for a moment on the pitch, holding his ankle, before being finally replaced by Chelsin Kolbe. Supported by the trainers, he was applauded for a long time by his Toulouse partners, but also by his opponents from Ile-de-France.
The staff fear “a rupture of the Achilles tendon”
The staff fear a “rupture of the Achilles tendon”. Very moving, the scene was made even more cruel by the absence of the public to applaud the player. A few minutes after leaving the field, images showed Huget with his ankle immobilized and crutches in the locker room, comforted by the medical staff. Earlier in the match, Huget had scored his sixth try of the season – certainly the last of his career – at the conclusion of a superb Toulouse collective action.
A final farewell gift to the Stade, with which he won two French league titles (2008, 2019). Selected 62 times for the French team, Huget scored 14 tries in the blue jersey. His international career will nevertheless leave a taste of unfinished business: the Ariégeois has twice missed the World Cup. The first time, in 2011, for two “no shows” at the doping control. The second in 2015, because of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the knee.