The preparation of the last match without challenge of the European Challenge of the French Stadium against Brive (Saturday 3pm in Corrèze), was marked by the end of Rémi Bonfils’ career. Monday, in a brief press release, the Parisian club announced that its historic hooker, arrived in the club of the capital in 2010, had to hang up the crampons at 31 “for medical reasons”. “He brought us together in the players’ living room before announcing it to us,” Paris 3rd line Charlie Francoz explained on Thursday. We weren’t expecting it at all. It made us weird. “
The coaching duo Julien Arias – Laurent Sempéré, who has long evolved alongside Bonfils, said they were “sad and disappointed” for their former teammate. “It is never easy to stop a career, particularly on medical grounds. Afterwards, when health is at stake, it must be taken into account, ”continues Arias, who assures that the neo-retired will continue to play his role with young people“ after giving him time to digest the news ”. “It was a bit like our dad, dares the young winger Adrien Lapègue, 21 years old. He would put us back on track when things were not right. “
“We tell ourselves that everything can go very quickly”
Rémi Bonfils brought the much-loved binder between generations into the locker room and commanded respect. “It was an example for us young people,” says Lapègue. “Someone very important for young people and the locker room,” adds Francoz, world champion with the French under-20 team in 2018. “It necessarily makes you think when you are 21 like me,” acknowledges the former Bayonnais Adrien Lapègue.
Finally, the most important for these two young shooters who will one day take over from Bonfils by becoming themselves executives of the Parisian club, remains the legacy to perpetuate. “We tell ourselves that everything can go very quickly,” notes Francoz. Rémi was on the field every weekend until recently and everything stopped suddenly. He made us understand it. To us young people, he told us that we had to savor every moment and that we don’t miss anything. “
“He was also there to transmit a lot of things,” concludes Arias, about his former manager. We know that when we stop – and this is what happened for Laurent and me – others take over and more responsibilities. “