Stade Toulousain: Jean Bouilhou returns and signs for three years

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FISHING INFO / Stade Toulousain will record the return of Jean Bouilhou as head coach for three seasons. The former Toulouse third line will succeed Régis Sonnes, who will leave Ernest-Wallon in June.

The Jean Bouilhou soap opera is coming to an end. The former third line of Stade Toulousain will make a good return to Ernest-Wallon, as revealed by The Dispatch on March 16. The former third red and black line, quadruple champion of France and triple champion of Europe, will take charge for three seasons of the fronts of the training champion of France in June 2019. He succeeds Régis Sonnes, whose contract does has not been renewed, as mentioned in December. It is a return to the fold for the Palois by birth, where he had finished his playing career before starting that of coach at the Stadium.

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An experience in Montauban

Last spring, Toulouse president Didier Lacroix agreed to let go of the former key captain of the most successful French club. Bouilhou then joined the US Montauban, where he found a former teammate in the person of Jeff Dubois. In Sapiac, the duo was assisted by David Byrnes (individual technique) and Romain Lauga (scrum). It was the first experience as co-coach of Bouilhou, who had signed for two seasons, to join the contract end date of the former opening half. But according to our information, the contract for the old third line included a release clause before March 30.

Jean Bouilhou and Jeff Dubois when the first arrived in Montauban.
                                    – Photo DDM – Ilona Guindani

This first experience was interspersed with many difficulties: a staph infection rotted the beginning of the Green and Black seasons, before a series of defeats in December finished burying the hopes of qualification of the Tarn-et-Garonnais for the final phase. And it is now the global coronavirus pandemic that is disrupting the end of the season for Montalbanians, current thirteenths of Pro D2, like all other professional clubs.

Towards 2023 for the Stade

Now back for three seasons in the Pink City, Jean Bouilhou will therefore be from Toulouse until 2023. A symbolic date in two respects. First because it is the year of the organization of the World Cup in France. And especially because it is the date of extension of many stadist executives, all international: Cheslin Kolbe, Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Thomas Ramos, François Cros … A contract that suggests that Ugo Mola, the head coach of the Rouge et Noir, could also extend the course until 2023.

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