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Castres to discuss Urios' future after Top 14 triumph

By Sacha Pisani
Castres head coach Christophe Urios

Castres president Pierre-Yves Revol said he will hold talks with head coach Christophe Urios amid uncertainty over his future following the team’s shock Top 14 victory.

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There was an upset in the Top 14 final on Saturday as Castres upstaged Montpellier 29-13 in an absorbing clash at the Stade de France.

Urios offered no guarantees over his future heading into the decider as the 52-year-old seeks assurances regarding Castres’ plans moving forward.

Asked about Urios – who is under contract until 2019 – after the triumphant display, Revol said: “We’re going to have a few drinks together and we’ll speak again on Monday before his departure to New Zealand [where Urios will lead the Barbarians on their tour].”

Revol added: “He is in contracted until next year so it’s not really a topical issue.”

Castres only qualified for the finals by claiming the sixth and final play-off berth as Montpellier finished top of the table during the regular season.

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And Castres celebrated their fifth title and second in six years thanks to Benjamin Urdapilleta, who finished with 19 points.

“We are happy of course. I think we are not far from making the perfect match, especially in the first half,” Urios told Canal+.

“Montpellier had an easy match against Lyon, while for us it was a fight every time. We were ready. We had to be very good. My biggest pride of the game is that we beat them to their strong point.”

 

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