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Black notebook: Camille Bonnet, the oldest French rugby champion with the SUA, swept away by the Covid-19

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It is with great sadness that the deputy of Lot-et-Garonne, Olivier Damaisin, told us the bad news this Saturday evening, November 21, “affected by Covid-19 Camille Bonnet died at the age of 102 years this week “.

The oldest champion in France with SU Agen, in 1945, therefore died, swept away by the pandemic. Long forgotten, he who now lived in the Drôme, he came to awaken Agen memories by participating in a meal of the association “XV à table” organized in May 2018. René Bénésis, Daniel Dubroca, the late Pierre Lacroix and many other legends from Agen were moved to find this centenary in such great shape. On February 2, he was celebrated on the lawn of the Stade de France, since at the request of Olivier Damaisin, the president of the FFR, Bernard Laporte, had invited him to give the fictitious kickoff of the France match. -England. Back of the AUS during the victorious final against Lourdes in 1945, he had made a specialty of the drop as he had explained to La Dépêche du Midi in 2018: “That year (1945) I managed a drop for all the eliminatory matches, sixteenth, eighth, quarter, semi and final; it must be said that I had free time because I had been remobilized and I was assistant to the station master of Libourne! ” He had particularly distinguished himself during the final of 1945, since Charles Calbet had written about him: “The best of the thirty was undoubtedly the rear Bonnet as much by his address as by his long and judicious kicks in touch than by his victorious drop. ” He was to join the Graulhet club in 1948 with the same success. First a player, then a coach, he was champion of France in the 3rd division, then in the wake of the 2nd division and finally climbed with the Tarn club at the top of the rugby hierarchy. His funeral will take place, in strict privacy, on Thursday, November 26 at the Beaumont-lès-Valence crematorium.

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