Rugby. National. Facing Albi, the experience of Carlos Muzzio will not be too much for the REC

He is the REC’s summer recruit. A weight reinforcement for the challenge of the National, not because of his 115 kg, but because Carlos Muzzio has a lot of experience at the top level, which should help this young Rennes team in its fight to maintain it.

The 38-year-old Argentinian has decided to return to Brittany, where he already played from 2010 to 2012 under the colors of RC Vannes, “for a new and last challenge”. His ten years in Pro D2 in Tarbes, then Mont-de-Marsan will not be too much “to help Rennes to stay in this division, to defend our colors. » Even if they ended in a severe defeat in the final, against Bayonne (20-49), last June.

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He won two scrums against the Springboks

This experience will materialize first in melee, a crucial sector, where the pillar will bring his knowledge of close combat. This was already felt when he entered last Saturday against Suresnes, since the Rennais were rather dominant in this sector of the game. But his influence on the group goes far beyond his position. “It’s a whole, a behavior in everyday life, in the requirement that we put in training, in the desire to never give up and to always bring more. »

Especially since Carlos Muzzio is a sage that his teammates will know how to listen to, not just because they call him “grandpa”. A player whose career and patience speak for him. You are not called up to the Pumas at 37 for no reason. Admittedly, the Argentine national team was then decimated by injuries, but the Pro D2 player above all made his place by showing his work force during the tour of Wales in the summer of 2021. did not play then, he was recalled for the Rugby championship, the championship of the nations of the South, to play twice against the All Blacks and once against South Africa. Excuse a bit. “These three selections have changed my life. I met the players of the best possible level. And yet, they are people of great humility. It was amazing, remembers the mainstay of the REC. The haka was of course an extraordinary moment. You have to see this once in your life. And against the Springboks, we were quite a scrum. We won two. What to have the feeling of the accomplished work. »

tireless worker

It is because he is a tireless worker that Carlos Muzzio was able to wear the sky and white jersey of his country and taste the Argentine anthem. An avid weight lifter, he has lifted thousands of tons of cast iron in his career and continues to tirelessly lift bars. “I still train with the same intensity, despite my age. Besides, in selection I was physically at the level, “ he assures.

This taste for hard work will infuse the young people he will rub shoulders with. “We took points too easily last week. We have to keep working, otherwise it will get complicated very quickly,” he warns. Even if he is confident in the ability of his new club to compete with these historical rugby like Albi where the REC is moving today.

One thing is certain, Carlos Muzzio will give everything for a second Breton club to make a name for itself in these bastions of the oval. “Because it’s an area that I like, I like the mentality of the people, they are humble. »

The starting XV. Brignonen – A. François, Dubois, Lopez Bontempo, Maafu – Leroyer, Jeune-Joly – Beraud, Gazin, Wenger – Gueroult (cap), Algans – Querins, Tuugahala, Muzzio. Substitutes : Ulutuipalelei, Le Jallé, Fromenteze, Di Salvatore, Beaujouan, Ollion, Lepresle, Pupuma.

Rugby. National. Facing Albi, the experience of Carlos Muzzio will not be too much for the REC