Palau-del-Vidre: Jean-Claude Touxagas passed away

Figure of Catalan rugby league, beam of the Palau-del-Vidre club, the former banker Jean-Claude Touxagas died suddenly this Tuesday, November 22 in the morning.

“It is a figure of rugby league who is leaving us. A whole man, passionate, dedicated to the treiziste cause, as there are very few of them. And as there is a lack of them today. I am overwhelmed”. The voice taken, Bernard Guasch salutes the memory of Jean-Claude Touxagas. The former opening half of the Catalan XIII and Palau XIII died on Tuesday at the age of 64, in the middle of a morning walk.

Figure of Catalan rugby league, elected to the French Federation, tireless player-president-host of Palau-del-Vidre, Jean-Claude Touxagas was also very close to the Super League club Salford. He was a thoughtful and knowledgeable guide to many rugby league fans in Manchester and its suburbs.

“We were sharing a beer again on Saturday at Old Trafford, ahead of the World Cup final between Australia and Samoa,” testifies the president of the Catalans Dragons. “He was in good shape, passionate as always, we had discussed our recent health concerns, but he seemed really well. Jean-Claude is a childhood friend. We followed each other to the rugby school of Catalan XIII. In the years 75-76, he succeeded Bernard Dejean at the opening of the Catalan XIII. And I succeeded him in this position after his big injury. He then continued his career in Palau which owes him so much. For 30 years, he carried the club, he was an exceptional manager. Palau XIII owes him its current fame”.

A former banker, Jean-Claude Touxagas was also very involved in the Saint-Charles market. He was the father of two children, including Julien, current manager of Saint-Estève-XIII Catalan and manager of the Dragons brewery in Gilbert-Brutus.

The Independent offers its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

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