New faces have arrived at the Stade Toulouse this summer. The former 15 from Perpignan and Grenoble, Melvyn Jaminet and Ange Capuozzo, center Lou, Pierre-Louis Barassi, winger La Rochelle, Arthur Retière, etc. Guys who will soon find themselves blindfolded on the pitch, but for now, although the Toulousan have started the season perfectly two wins over UBB and Toulon, it’s about getting to know each other. In recent years, “coherence courses” have flourished, where novices and dedicated riders alike can try river rafting, canyoning or an obstacle course. The thing is, it creates a link, that’s all.
Dupont and Ntamack at ease during drills
And that’s why the entire red-black three-quarter line went to bat at the Argoulets stadium, where the Stade Toulousein baseball team trains. “We like the Stade Toulousein rugby people, explains Yanaël Delpech, its young president. I knew that Ugo Mola was looking for an activity for his players that would be out of the ordinary, but where we would not do anything, because I know how demanding he is. We thought it would be nice to put them in baseball. »
Some have fully entered the codes of the sport, such as Antoine Dupont, who bluffs his hitting technique, as Nolan Soliveres, a former baseball player, points out: “He didn’t leave the ball from the beginning to the end of the swing. Likewise, I saw him keep his hands well behind the bat to the point of contact and take powerful swings…”
New Stade Toulousein recruit Ange Capuozzo also tried out baseball in a pitcher’s costume. (Facebook Stade Toulousein Baseball and Softball)
And Romain Ntamack, his hinge accomplice? “He impressed me with his ability to catch fly balls (punches in the air). “We do initiations with employees of companies and universities, but rugby players have excellent sporting qualitiesnotes Yanaël Delpech. I’ve never seen guys run that fast between the bases. » Three quarterbacks look great with MLB-style caps at Insta Stadium.
Many appreciated this meeting and Sofiane Guitoune asked for more. “The forwards were disappointed not to be invited. We will try to organize it soon”announces Delpech, who would see his players perform well in rugby. “Strong and lively, our pitcher Keivy Rojas would be perfect in a modern front line role. And Nolan (Solivares), our catcher. He runs fast and catches as many balls as possible. He would be a standard fullback. » The president takes the opportunity to make some repairs for his club, and he’s right: “Initiation Saturday afternoon for adults, Wednesday afternoon for youth. You are all welcome! »