Perpignan, a club that returns to the elite of France


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Perpignan, a club that returns to the elite of France

Perpignan achieved promotion to the Top 14 with Argentines Jerónimo de la Fuente and Patricio Fernández on their roster. The Catalan club that knew how to be at the top of the Top 14, attracted the eyes of the rugby world again and celebrated his return to the table of the greats in the elite of rugby in France.

Created in the early 1900s and his first championship achieved in 1914, the Perpignan club began its immense history and trajectory for the rugby of its country.

The Stade Aimé Giral Stadium, which houses 15 thousand people, was the scene of many epics of the local club and hosted great players from world rugby.

Perpignan won seven titles (1914, 1921, 1925, 1938, 1944, 1955 and 2009) in the highest division of France and was a finalist in nine more tournaments in which he could not achieve the championship.

In the 2017/2018 season he achieved the Pro D2 championship and rose to the Top 14, but the joy did not last long. In the following season it returned to descend. Since then his only goal has always been to return to the top flight.

The former captain of Jaguares, Jerónimo de la Fuente, this season he joined the list of Argentines who wore the Catalan club’s shirt. So did the Rosario Patricio fernandez. The most outstanding Argentine player that Perpignan had was Rhymes Álvarez Kairelis. The second line that emerged in Pucará played from 2001 to 2011 and is currently the club’s sports manager.

Rimas Álvarez was part of the team that achieved the title in the Top 14 in 2009, joined by Sebastián Bozzi (2005-2009) who entered from the substitute bench in that final against Clermont. That squad also had the presence of the great Dan Carter who did not have much continuity in his passage through Perpignan due to injuries but shone whenever he could.

The other outstanding Argentines who passed through USAP were Alejandro Allub (2000-2001) Ignacio Mieres (2009), Alejandro Moreno (2002-2004), Agustín Lopresti (2005-2006), José Orengo (2001-2002), Federico Martín Aramburu (2006-2008) , Martín García Veiga (2018), Ramiro Pez (2205-2006) and Germán Bustos (2004-2005).

In addition to the aforementioned Dan Carter, Perpignan had other great stars of world rugby such as Scott Robertson, Percy Montgomery, James Hook, Maxime Mermoz and Raphael Ibañez.

Last season, which was canceled due to the global pandemic, he was second with a chance of promotion. Now, Perpignan returns to the place it deserves for its outstanding history.


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