General coach of Monaco Rugby Sevens, the former member of the France seven-a-side team for the mission of growing rugby in the Principality. Portrait of a rugby madman, who intends to indicate that the seven is the very essence of the discipline.
His fate was written in advance. Rain or shine, in the cold or under the scorching sun, little Jérémy would get on his bike towards the Iscles stadium, in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, nestled just a few meters from the family home. “My parents didn’t have time to bring me so one day they said ‘ take your bike and go try rugby“, he remembers, a bit nostalgic. I immediately fell in love with this sport. ”
Christophe Urios comes to see me and tells me that I am missing ten kilos for the Top 14
A resident of Stade Laurentin Rugby from his 7 to 15 years old, the native of Nice crosses France to believe in his dreams. Direction Bourgoin-Jallieu. Change of scenery. “My acclimatization? When people are welcoming, everything is easier. This was the case in Bourgoin-Jallieu, and then my father and my brother accompanied me. ”
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After a catch by the US Montmélian and its famous third half with its “Sausages in wine”, Jérémy Aicardi joined the US Oyonnax training center in 2009, in parallel with his studies in metallurgy. Professionalism opens its doors to him. The pride of Stade Laurentin Rugby crowded the lawns of the Pro D2 for four years, until the title of champion and an accession to the Top 14 in 2013.
Among the pioneers of the French rugby sevens team
“As the new season approaches, Christophe Urios comes to see me and tells me he’s not counting on me, he breathed. He told me that I was missing ten kilos for the Top 14. ” The disappointment is immense. But the winger is not let down. Not the kind of character. Head to Saint-Nazaire Rugby in Federal 1 for a short one-season experience.
He is convinced that the seven can bring a lot to rugby union
A new adventure awaits him. Fate again. “I had my first selections for the France B rugby sevens team.” Efficient, under the spell of this new discipline, far from this rugby fifteen that bores him, the winger with the diabolical support is enjoying himself. “I signed a first one-year contract with the France A team, then a second …” And so on. Until 2018, Jérémy Aicardi continues the meetings with the jersey of the France team.
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But the cervicals begin to pull, the back to whistle. “I am 33 years old, you have to know how to turn the page”, he says without the slightest remorse. His aptitudes for transmission take precedence over his taste for competition. Train, this evidence. “Since he tasted seven, he has only one desire: to introduce it to the youngest, smiles his company, Fanny Horta, former French international of rugby sevens, who has just hung up his crampons after a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo with the Blue. He is convinced that this discipline can bring a lot to rugby union. ”
Monaco Rugby Sevens is already shining
Back in the region for a year, after an experience as a rugby sevens coach for the Belgian selection, Jérémy Aicardi set down in the Principality with the ambition of making Monaco a land of rugby. “We are working on a double project between the two entities”, he explains, referring to Monaco Rugby Sevens and AS Monaco Rugby.
To see Monaco at the Olympics one day, it will be a long process. It’s a 20 year job
A huge success for now, since Monaco Rugby Sevens has won the last two Supersevens events and is preparing to play the final tournament in Paris next November. But the road is still long for Jérémy Aicardi. “The gap between Fédérale 3 and SuperSevens is still too big to see the players of AS Monaco Rugby. To see Monaco one day at the Olympic Games, the process will be long. It’s 20 years of work. You have to go to schools, find potential young people and support them to become champions. ”
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Convinced that rugby sevens has a huge future, Jérémy Aicardi spends his days and nights on this project, when he does not help his mother and uncle, both market gardeners. “They produce zucchini, salads, chard, fennel, celery… He lists. In particular, they supply certain schools in Monaco. “ The markets at night bring him back to real life. “I spent one with them during confinement, I lost seven pounds. ”
A rugby enthusiast, workaholic
So when he is not in the fields of the plain of the Var, the former winger of Oyonnax devotes all his time to rugby. “He’s a passionate boy, abounds Fanny Horta. He spends hours thinking and thinking about this project. His days are very long. Even though I have just stopped my career, we hardly see each other. Jérémy wants to bring to life the emotions he experienced with the seven. “
At fifteen, when you’re a winger, you don’t touch a ball, it’s hell
Disgusted by the fifteen, Jérémy Aicardi makes sure not to reproduce the rugby he has known. “At fifteen, when you’re alier, you don’t touch a ball, it’s hell. With half the number of players, the fun is increased tenfold. ” Fewer phases of combat, more play. Play, this leitmotif. “I want to develop rugby with a small staff, in complementarity with the fifteen. The more these will play at seven, the more they will be courses, 2 against 1, tackles … ”
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Another way of understanding rugby, which could lead Monaco to make a name for itself on the international scene. Monaco, the future cradle of rugby? With Jérémy Aicardi, all dreams are allowed.