Little stories of a great Scudo: bread crumbs, dips, surfing and “barrel shots”

Ah, if the Shield of Brennus could speak! If the most coveted trophy in French rugby could also tell a tenth of what it has experienced over the course of the century, and even more. To try to retrace the adventures that the “bouclard” has gone through since 1892, we gave the floor to those who once had it in their hands. listen to them …

You have it, Poto. You’ve seen things, funny or sordid, in 140 years of the third half. You have known fists that hoisted you to heaven, torsos that embraced you, mouths that, greedy, in love or bleeding, covered you with kisses. You traveled there, to Barcelona with Dupont’s gang, to Castel with the show boys and even to the top of Canigou, perched on David Marty’s shoulders …

Breno? Bernard Laporte won a bloodshed: two at the controls of the French stadium, one on the Rade and another, probably the most enjoyable of all, as captain of the CABBG in 1991. He told us, Monday morning: “After my first title at the Stade Français in 1998, I had a bit of a problem leaving the Shield. I took him to a nightclub and took him home in the morning. He was cool, what. Tonight Max is here. (Guazzini, ed) nevertheless he asked me to take the trophy to the Lido. I sneaked into the shower, grabbed the Shield, and climbed the small elevator to my apartment in the 13th arrondissement. There I met the concierge of the building, who told me: “Come on, Monsieur Laporte! What is this thing?” I was sawn. “ What is precious in the eyes of some is not necessarily so in the eyes of others and Jean Baptiste Lafond, champion with Racing in 1990, says nothing else: “The Shield? It marked me all my life and in every sense of the word. Yes, because I took it in the face in the swimming pool of the Parc des Princes, it earned me ten stitches and the happiness of spending the evening with a roll of toilet paper on my head. Then, because it allowed me to experience one of those moments of humanity that I will never forget “. Three days after the coronation of the show, Lafond then decided to drive to the Basque Country and, on the way, stopped in Villeneuve-de-Marsan (Landes) to refuel: “I had put the bouclard in the back seat and seeing it, the attendant had a pause. He said to me: “Is that what I believe, sir?” I told him yes. She smiled, touched him, kissed him. We took a picture, another and the boy had happiness in his eyes. That was the strength of the Brennus … All that I could not measure in the streets of Paris … “

Instant X by Maxime Mermoz

In Perpignan, the “planchot” sweated cold in the summer of 2009. Julien Candelon, champion of France with Usap that year, explains: “One afternoon, after an endless night of partying, we decided to take the trophy to a restaurant on the coast. We put it on the table and sat all around”. There, Samoan number 8 Henry Tuilagi (1.85m and 130kg) ordered a “overcooked steak” to the waiter and in Catalonia life continued. “ When Henry said very done, continues Candelone, it was unique. Shot, what! A few minutes later the waiter returned with the meat. Henry tasted it and politely asked for more cooking. The young man returned two minutes later, but Henry was still not cooked enough. When the waiter came to the room for the third time with the barbaque still a little too red, Henry grabbed a knife and very pissed off, stuck it in the shield! I can still see the surin going back and forth on the planchot! The server was petrified. And we are too, among other things … “ But if the Catalans sometimes led a hard life at Brennus, they also knew how to cover it with love. Maxime Mermoz, three quarters at the center of Usap in 2009, now says: “Personally I left Perpignan the day after the title to go on tour in New Zealand. At the time you were told that it was normal, that rugby had been like this for fifty years and that there was never any reason to change it … Anyway … I saw some photos from our celebrations though. “ AND ? “The Shield got a lot of love that year. But no ? “Yes! I actually thought it was brilliant. The Scudo is a mattress that you can only use once in your life! Everything was just to disinfect well behind.” Well yes …

Bouscatel and the loaf

He saw so much, the Brennus. He was surfed by Romain Ntamack in 2019, in Leucate. He served as a board for Camille Chat and Brice Dulin in the Camp Nou pool in 2016. He vibrated, the same year, to the sound of the Haka deployed for him by Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Chris Masoe, the All Blacks of the Hauts-de -Seine. He suffered a thousand deaths when Rabah Slimani used it for “ventriglisse” in 2015, in the locker room of the Stade de France. In 1992, even, she almost disappeared forever, Aubin Hueber spoke of it in the columns of Nouvel Obs: “That year, Toulon was on fire and sword. At the end of the evening, the Shield went into the Rade and we, the players, dived like a single man into the water of the harbor so that it wouldn’t sink. No.” And why“everything is different here”Mourad Boudjellal, president of the RCT from 2006 to 2020, could not help but affix his signature: “In 2014, he told us this week, I wanted to mark the passage of Brennus into the Var. I then slipped a note under the plaque that said: “This is the property of RCT. Please return it after use.” It might still be there, go figure! “ And if he’s still there, there’s no doubt that by reading these lines, Boudjellal’s good friends in the League will track down the ticket to make him disappear before kick-off tonight …

How Harinordoquy customized it

In Toulouse we had the object in our hands so many times (twenty-one, to be exact) that the Rouge et Noir logically had more time than the others to leave their mark on it, erasing a year with chalk all the Olympic titles. Castres or another, patching it up as they could after a wild night: “In 2011, René Bouscatel explained to our colleagues from La Dépêche du Midi, the Shield ended up in pieces, in the rue de la Soif in Paris. We then looked for wood glue all over the place but without finding any, we, with the players, chewed on bread crumbs to try to glue the pieces together again. That’s how it arrived, place du Capitole ». You know what ? The Biarrots had done worse in 2005. And this, Imanol Harinordoquy remembers it: “In order to get hold of the Shield, we had decided to do it “customize”. We had scratched the names of the enemy clubs, I leave you to imagine which ones, then we had written on them, removed the gold corners, removed the plate and also the central circle. The Brennus no longer looked like anything, but what we didn’t know was that we had to present it two days later to the regional council and that it had to be perfect. After seeing the object, our leaders freaked out. They rushed it to a craftsman, who gave it a makeover overnight. It was a good challenge. But it became cream … “

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