Ollivon à Toulon jusqu’en 2027

Par Willy Billiard
TOULON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Charles Ollivon of Toulon returns after celebrating in with the crowd following the ECPR Challenge Cup Semi Final match between RC Toulon and Saracens at Stade Mayol on May 14, 2022 in Toulon, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Le troisième-ligne français Charles Ollivon a posé les jalons de son avenir rugbystique en signant un contrat de quatre ans qui le lie à Toulon jusqu’en 2027.


Ollivon a débuté sa carrière professionnelle à Bayonne, sa ville natale, en 2012 avant de signer à Toulon en 2015. Le troisième-ligne de presque 2 mètres et 108 kg s’est rapidement hissé en équipe de France, décrochant sa première cape en 2015. Il compte aujourd’hui 39 sélections et a été capitaine du XV de France lors du Tournoi des Six Nations de 2020, menant l’équipe à la deuxième place.

Au cours des années qui ont suivi, il a consolidé sa position de leader comme l’un des meilleurs joueurs français. Si bien que le RCT a décidé de l’engager pour quatre saisons supplémentaires, ce qui lui permettra de rester jusqu’à son 34e anniversaire. Cela lui permettra également de poursuivre sa carrière jusqu’à la fin de l’actuel cycle de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby.

Toulon, sa deuxième maison

« Toulon est devenu ma deuxième maison, et je suis honoré de continuer à porter ce maillot emblématique », a déclaré Charles Ollivon dans un communiqué du club.

« Je suis impatient de contribuer davantage au succès de l’équipe et de partager d’autres très grands moments avec nos supporters exceptionnels. C’était important de partager cette annonce avec eux aujourd’hui, car ils sont notre plus grand soutien au quotidien. C’est donc une façon de les remercier d’être toujours derrière nous. »

Le directeur sportif de Toulon, Laurent Emmanuelli, a décrit Ollivon comme une figure centrale du club. « Charles incarne l’esprit du Rugby Club Toulonnais, par son engagement, son talent et sa volonté d’atteindre l’excellence. Nous sommes ravis de poursuivre cette aventure avec lui jusqu’en 2027 et sommes convaincus que son impact positif continuera à se propager auprès de ses partenaires sur et en dehors du terrain. De ce point de vue, le rôle de Charles en tant que capitaine et catalyseur de l’équipe est prépondérant. »


Le RCT s’est également attaché les services du pilier américain David Ainu’u. Comme Ollivon, le joueur de première-ligne des USA Eagles de 1,78 m et 125 kg a signé jusqu’en 2027.

Toulon est actuellement deuxième du Top 14 – à un point du leader Racing 92 – après neuf journées marquées par six victoires et trois défaites. Le prochain match aura lieu le samedi 23 décembre à Toulouse.


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Jon 1 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Sopoaga is going to be more than good enough to look up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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finn 9 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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