While the USM professional group is completing its preparation course in Soustons in the Landes, the Pro D2 calendar was communicated by the LNR, this Thursday, July 7. And he reserves a first block of hell for the Sapiacains. The season will start on August 26 with the reception of Nevers.
It was in Soustons (Landes) that USM management and players learned of the 2022-2023 calendar as their internship ends this Friday. It is an understatement to say that it is not to the taste of David Gérard, unhappy that his off-season wishes have not been granted.
“We had asked to play the first game away and the last at home. In the end, quite the opposite happened. We wanted to evolve in opening outside because there is less pressure, a fortiori for a group where there were a lot of movements. On the other hand, it’s always good to play the last match of the regular phase at home. If we are in the fight for the Top 6, it is always better. »
In the spring, USM had finished its season in Nevers when the club had just been hit by the tragic death of Kelly Meafua.
“Be ready as soon as possible”
Pemeja players will again be on the Sapiacains menu, at home this time on August 26th. The first block looks thick according to the USM manager.
“The first six games are going to be daunting with a majority of teams that were in the Top 6 last season. We start with the 4th in Pro D2 before two trips to Languedoc which were not very successful for us last year, interspersed with the reception of Agen, which was not in its place last season. We will have to be ready as soon as possible despite the fifteen changes that have taken place in the off-season, in particular to replace the starting players. »
Apart from Vici, Rokoduguni who is due to arrive next week and the two Georgians from Brive, on rest until August 1 after a tour with their national team, the squad present in Soustons was almost complete. “It was not a cohesion course but rather a pre-season with a lot of physicality and rugby,” comments David Gerard, who says he is “quite happy” with his recruitment.
After a family weekend, the Montalbanais will continue with big weeks of work which should lead them to the first friendly match, scheduled for August 5 in Leucate against Narbonne The supporters will have to wait until the following week on August 12 to discover their team in his den of Sapiac against Usap, back in the Top 14. This will be the last straight line before the three shots of the season.
The USM calendar
Matchday 1: USM v. Nevers (August 26). D2: Carcassonne c. USM (September 2). D3: USM c. Agen (9 September). D4: Beziers vs. USM (September 16). D5: USM c. Montois Stadium (September 23). D6: USM c. Biarritz (7 October). D7: Aurillac c. USM (October 14). D8: USM c. Grenoble (October 21). D9: Provence vs. USM (October 28). J10: USM c. Massy (November 4). J11: Colomiers c. USM (November 18). D12: USM c. Vannes (November 25). D13: Rouen vs. USM (December 2). D14: Oyonnax c. USM (December 9). D15: USM c. Angouleme (December 16).
D16: Biarritz v. USM (January 6, 2023). D17: USM c. Provence (January 13). D18: Massy vs. USM (January 27). D19: USM c. Colomiers (February 3). J20: Valves c. USM (February 10). D21: USM c. Oyonnax (February 17). D22: Angouleme v. USM (February 24). D23: Grenoble vs. USM (March 3). D24: USM c. Béziers (March 17). J25: Agen c. USM (March 24). J26: USM c. Aurillac (March 31). J27: USM c. Rouen (April 7). D28: Stade Montois c. USM (April 14). J29: USM c. Carcassonne (April 28). D30: Nevers c. USM (May 5).
Editor’s note: the dates of these matches can be modified according to TV broadcasts.