What every week for the Senpertar Maxime Lucu. Final Saturday, the previous scrum half in 143 video games with the BO began with the UBB (Bordeaux-Bègles). Victory in opposition to Edinburgh (32–17) and qualification for the ultimate levels of the Problem Cup. However above all, he stunned his world, chosen in the group of 42 players who will take part in the course to prepare for the Six Nations Tournament. He was the visitor of France Bleu Pays Basque on Monday within the 100% Membership program.
France Bleu Pays Basque: How did you reside this week?
Maxime Lucu: It's every week like many dream of dwelling while you're a rugby participant. The announcement turned the week the wrong way up. I had a tough time realizing from the beginning and switching again to final Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Edinburgh. However with a bunch, a staff and coaches like that, particularly with the significance of the match, we come down rapidly. And the qualification on the finish made it an excellent week and it's nice to have moments like that in rugby. Sporting the Blue jersey is a dream.
Because of my dad and mom if I’m right here at the moment.
You had met the Blues employees a number of weeks in the past, proper?
It was a primary contact. Since then, I’ve met Laurent Labit, to debate the sport system and what the coaches wish to implement. Specifically on the idea of group. Do the utmost in order that this French staff is essentially the most environment friendly doable within the Six Nations. As a result of typically the outcomes come from what you exit humanly. Then they defined to me why they (Fabien Galthié and the coaches) took me: my qualities within the administration of the sport, the foot, the occupation. But additionally within the “ejector” aspect and taking part in for the collective particularly with quantity 10, that's why I believe I’m there with Matthieu Jalibert. Taking part in collectively in a membership favors my place within the checklist of 42. I simply wish to reproduce what I do in Bordeaux within the French staff.
My dad is somebody who has all the time counted since I began taking part in rugby. He adopted me lots. First in research and after I had what I wanted, they all the time supported me and my brother on this option to play rugby. It’s not somebody who will say issues, so listening to that, it’s good to listen to them. It’s due to my dad and mom if I’m right here at the moment.
Crossing Charles Ollivon's highway with the XV de France, for the Senpertar that you’re, it's a pleasant wink.
It’s one thing stunning, very proud. If we had been instructed that 15 years in the past, once we had been mini-chicks or chicks that we might find yourself within the French Workforce… it's unbelievable. As well as he comes from afar and we give him the captaincy, it's an excellent story. Now we are going to attempt to make the most of all these moments, beginning subsequent Sunday.
The least we will say is that you simply didn’t waste time: six months in the past you had been on the BO, and there on the UBB you make your house (13 video games, 7 tenures in Prime 14), the membership is chief of the Prime 14 and qualifies for the ultimate levels of the Problem Cup … it's going quick!
It’s going very quick even, however working each day, with these gamers, with this employees there and on this membership, it’s a good return, a reward. We work exhausting and we solely get the outcomes we deserve (…) I actually take pleasure in it anyway, and I hope it’s going to go so far as doable. This membership and this group deserves to do one thing this yr, to get an award on the finish of the season. We all know that the trail is lengthy, tough, however you must maintain and cross your fingers in order that in the long run, there’s something magnificent.
How is your relationship with Christophe Urios?
It’s an enormous shock, since you keep on what you see, you hear from him on TV, however with out realizing an excessive amount of in regards to the weeks of coaching and workload. Somebody who discovered the phrases, with a bunch, who had few arrivals, however who was bruised after final season and particularly after the non-qualification. He knew the right way to give again to this group a soul, of the going. Solidarity that there could have been much less earlier than. And it reveals on the sphere, particularly defensively, the place some groups can improve taking part in time in opposition to us, with out advancing. He’s somebody who places every little thing on work and the mind-set and the connection he has along with his employees, full, is the cornerstone of the entire mission. They’re coaches for whom you wish to give lots.
Biarritz stays my coronary heart membership.
There may be Bordeaux in the meanwhile, however not so way back you had been nonetheless on the BO … you continue to observe what the membership does?
After all, it stays my coronary heart membership although I grew up and began in Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle. Since childhood I’ve been a supporter of Biarritz, I’ve performed there, lived nice moments, gained derbies, performed closing levels … I don’t forget the place I come from and it’s essentially due to them that I I'm there at the moment. And to let you know the reality, the bonus test against Carcassonne last Friday, I celebrated it like a child, I jumped, even when I’m not on the staff.
What’s your view on the Biarritz Olympique season with a fifth place this season.
It's a strong staff at residence, we all the time had this drawback exterior and this yr it’s confirmed once more. Particularly in entrance, I discover them very spectacular, very sturdy. The place within the classification is deserved and I even suppose that they might have accomplished higher by going for a number of extra factors exterior (I’m pondering particularly of Montauban, Perpignan additionally the place they deserved to carry extra) however with the standard of the 'power and what we see on the bottom, I believe they will hope for extra.
I would really like them to qualify, to have closing levels. You simply need to see the proportion that it takes within the metropolis of Biarritz, when the soundtrack performs closing levels … We wish this staff to dwell these form of moments. After, the three stables in entrance are very strong. Colomiers is having an excellent season. However a house barrage can be an excellent factor for the membership and its supporters.
► Hearken to the whole interview with Maxime Lucu, his father Jean-Paul and Roger Aguerre, his educator with the Reichel on the BO