Rugby. Relegated to National 2, Dijon sees its players leave, including Alban Conduché

Dijon center and striker Alban Conduché will join an ambitious National club this summer. (©Dijonnais Stadium)

Good last of National, Dijon lived a galley season and the Burgundians will find it difficult to recover. After the club’s descent into National and the departure of the manager Benjamin Noirot one year from the end of his contract, it is now the executives of the Dijon Stadium who leave the Côte-d’Or for other National clubs.

Two players in Suresnes, another in Tarbes and Conduché in Nice

This Wednesday, May 11, two Dijonnais officially signed up with the RC Suresneswho finished 9e of National. This is the Argentinian international opener Ignatius Mieres (35 years old; 6 caps), who joined the Burgundy club in 2019 (13 games, 6 starts this season), and is continuing his tour of France, after passing through the Stade Français, Perpignan, Dax, Agen and Marmande. But also versatile second or third line Florian Desbordes (26), trained in Mont-de-Marsan, and who had been playing in Dijon since 2018. He was part of the executives of ex-manager Benjamin Noirot, since he played 15 National games this season, including 14 as incumbent.

At the same time, the other opening half of Stade Dijonnais, Anthony Strong (25), was signed up by Tarbes, who finished 10e National this season. Passed by La Rochelle and Oyonnax, he was the best director of the Burgundian club this season, with 142 points to his credit in 16 games (29 penalties, 21 conversions, 2 tries and 1 drop). But that’s not all.

According to our information, the Dijon center Alban Conducted (25), National’s most used player this season with 1,840 minutes played in the Blue and Red jersey (118 points scored), will play for Nice next season (6e of the regular phase and is playing its play-off match at Valence-Romans this Sunday). At the end of the contract in Côte-d’Or, the player trained in Fleurance (Gers), then spent the training center of Agen (2012-2020) and the professional team of the SUA (14 professional matches), signed a one-season contract, no longer optional, as he entrusted to Actu Rugby. At the Stade Niçois, he will find two ex-agenais teammates, the scrum or opening half Hugo Verdu and the center Aurelien Labau.

5 recruits recorded, including 4 from Federal 1

In addition, the Dijon scrum-half Thibault Dufau (27) will join Chambéry (National), the pillar Antonin Certain (20) signed for Aurillac (Pro D2), while the Ivorian international pillar Kevin Brou (28 years old) will put down his suitcases in Albi (National). So many departures that add to the end of the career of the emblematic scrum half Romain Kusiolek (31 ans).

Fortunately, new faces will join Burgundy to compensate for this wave of departures. The Rouge et Bleu club has already announced 5 reinforcements: the winger from Carcassonne (Pro D2), Extremely Ferrari (21 years old), the hooker and the second line of Valence d’Agen (Federal 1), Jean-Charles Fidinde (30 years old) and Damien Teissèdre (23 years old) as well as the scrum half and the hooker of Châteaurenard (Federal 1), Nicolas Faltrept (31 years old) and Select Tabarot (23 ans).

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