At a press conference, the rugby director of the Rugby Club Toulonnais spoke for the first time about his choice to stay in the Var at the expense of the XV of France. Pierre Mignoni assures him, an arrival at the Blues tempted him, but the former scrum half will go to the end of his commitment with the RCT.
In front of the microphone, Pierre Mignoni has already been more talkative when answering questions from the press, but also from Var supporters. Inevitably, the pure-sugar Toulonnais was asked about his future and when he refused to join Galthié’s staff.
In the January 9 edition, the Midi Olympique revealed that Pierre Mignoni was close to joining the XV of France for after 2023 and thus replace Laurent Labit. Quickly, following a meeting with Bernard Lemaître, this same Monday morning, the person concerned had made the choice to reject the advances of the FFR and the coach to respect his commitment with the Rouge et Noir. The two parties are linked until 2026.
Before the last day of Challenge Cup, facing the Zebre, Friday in Mayol (9 p.m.)the director of rugby within the RCT said: “I have nothing to say. You see, the press communicates for you. I responded with my press release. I responded with my commitment. I am staying here, in this project. I told Franck (Azéma , the manager of the RCT, Editor’s note) that we stayed together. Even if people want to divide us, you see, what a shame!”
Before admitting that the perspective of the Blues made him more than think: “Of course, I was tempted. I’ve been lucky enough to have been thought of for this opportunity twice. It’s a pleasure. I’ve said no twice, the reasons are up to me. “