Émile Ntamack posed with Mamie Nova, an emblematic figure in associative rugby. The duo met this Thursday evening on the occasion of the solidarity project “Women of Rugby”, bringing together different champions and inspiring personalities for the time of a photo.
The crackle of flashes does not scare him. Striking a pose no longer intimidates him. Émile Ntamack now as usual. Since the beginning of his career, the former Stade Toulousain rugby player has often lent himself to the game of photographers. But this time it’s different. The one who wore the XV of France tunic high and proud is not alone.
He poses this Thursday evening with Mamie Nova, a rugby woman. “She left me no choice. She would have yelled at me if I hadn’t chosen her,” joked the multiple French champion.
Mamie Nova and Emile Ntamack are filming for the “Women of Rugby” project. This action, on the initiative of the photographer Emmanuelle Choussy, brings together great figures from the world of ovality and various inspiring women. During a session including a video interview and photographs, the two protagonists exchange their experiences.
An atypical and complementary duo
“The photos will come out on the occasion of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. There will be a book that will take the photos and exhibitions all over France, “explains Emmanuelle Choussy. Part of the profits from sales will be donated to the RUBIES association of Haute-Garonne, Oncopole rugby club.
Mamie Nova is also the ambassador of this RUBIES team. “If there was a woman to highlight, it’s her. She is part of this atypical rugby team. It was an opportunity to present what I call a truly inspiring woman,” admits Emile Ntamack.
At his side, Grandma Nova, she admits to having lived the experience. “We’ve known each other for a while. Emile, he could be my son. What interests me is not the athlete. No, me, I especially like the human ”, notes the interested party.
Several other rugby players from Stade Toulousain or the XV of France are part of this “Women of Rugby” series. David Berty, Christian Califano or Marc Lievremont, many athletes have played the game in front of the camera of photographer Emmanuelle Choussy.