Problem Cup – Arnaud Erbinartegaray (Bayonne): “It is bizarre to play in opposition to guys we have seen on TV”

CHALLENGE CUP – Arnaud Erbinartegaray (22) arrived in Bayonne final 12 months and performed his first skilled matches this winter. Holder within the final 4 video games, the younger winger comes again for us after a superb move he experiences.

Rowing is final within the Problem Cup desk. What do you count on from the Scarlets occasion on Saturday?

The purpose will probably be to arrange for an important match in opposition to Brive, to present ourselves an opportunity to win it. We additionally need to erase the errors made at Treviso.

How precisely was the match in Treviso?

Issues did not go nicely on the journey. We needed to begin the sport in a different way than different video games the place we scored entry factors. This was the case in Bordeaux, Toulon and Pau. We have been the primary to attain. Then we repeated penalties, we misplaced factors, together with three touchdowns on the finish of the primary half. We matched them within the second half earlier than we made an try ultimately. What a pity.

The problem is over. Regardless of three defeats, do you handle to take one thing optimistic out of those competitions?

Certain. This allowed younger folks to get play time to realize confidence on this setting. There are just a few gamers who play much less who’ve managed to resurrect.

Let’s speak just a little about you. You got here to Bayonne final 12 months. Are you able to inform us about your rugby profession?

I did my first 12 months as a senior at Barcus, in Honor. That is the membership the place I skilled. Then I went to Mauléon for 2 years. It was Covid so these two years have been fairly particular, then I got here to Bayonne. It was fairly a brutal transition.

Why ?

There was an enormous hole within the coaching order. I knew it, however my physique wasn’t used to it. Federal 1 introduced me a number of issues with the rawness of its championship. You play with the large, robust guys each weekend, however I missed the dimension of the coaching sequence. I found this once I arrived in Bayonne. It was tough at first. I had a number of muscle issues and over time I acquired to know my physique. I put routines on the stretching stage to advertise restoration.

How usually did you prepare at Mauléon?

I skilled 3 times every week, counting units. In Bayonne, I went to coaching as soon as a day.

Prime 14 – In his second skilled match (first as a starter) Arnaud Erbinartegaray scores at Pau
Sports activities icon – Pierre Costabadie

You had a lot of accidents and did not play in final 12 months’s premieres. Have you ever ever questioned in the event you made the best selection?

It was sophisticated. I used to be plagued with accidents, did not have a lot time to play, even in hopes. However I by no means advised myself I made the fallacious selection. It accompanied me very nicely, I didn’t quit, I continued my efforts and can proceed them.

Why precisely did you resolve to hitch Bayonne?

I had a special monitor however I did a check at Bayonne. I determine nicely with this membership, there’s fairly a neighborhood venture, younger folks apply. That is why I joined this membership and I do not remorse it in any respect.

You competed within the Prime 14 at Clermont in November. What reminiscence do you retain?

It was unforgettable. We go there with a rejuvenated group and are available again with a outcome that was superb. As well as, Camille Lopez performed and Yohan Orabé additionally made his first Prime 14 look.

On December 31, you had your first Dauger tenure within the Prime 14 in opposition to Toulon and also you had Cheslin Kolbe reverse…

It was actually superb. The environment was superb, I confronted a fantastic group from Toulon who got here with the celebs. It is bizarre to play in opposition to guys you noticed on TV a 12 months or two in the past. I’m very pleased to have skilled this.

You attacked the final 4 Aviron video games. How are you ?

I’m very pleased to proceed. It is good for confidence, rhythm, and making as a lot progress as doable. I take what comes, attempt to give my greatest and hope to play as a lot time as doable.

With Camille Lopez and Yohan Orabé, you’re three Mauléonnais rowers. Is there complicity between you?

I had already performed with Yohan throughout my second 12 months at Mauléon, so I knew him. I used to be very pleased once I came upon that he was coming. Camille, I did not know him personally. He brings rather a lot to each of us, provides us recommendation and it permits us to develop. Additionally, his brother Sébastien coached me throughout my first 12 months as a senior at Barcus.

Are you seen as heroes in Mauléon?

Yohan and I do not (laughs). We’re regular folks. We all know everybody there, so we speak to everybody. It’s quiet. Camille is one thing else. He is worldwide, that is Camille Lopez, huh! We’re small. He’s somebody!

You may play as a middle, defender or winger. Which place do you favor?

So long as I am on the pitch, I am wonderful with it. Principally, I am back-trained. I may develop within the middle. There I am going to the wing. It is new, however I knew I may play there as a result of I performed two or three matches on this place among the many youth.

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