LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday April 8th

Disappointing in his comeback against Guingamp, Sidy Sarr was not called up for the trip to Niort (Photo Anthony Maurin).

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Briançon’s great comeback. Tomorrow at 7pm, Nîmes Olympique (13th, 39pts) travels to Niort (12th, 40pts) for day 32 of Ligue 2. With just one win in the last six days and a run of three consecutive defeats, the Crocos are always run after this major success to reach the fateful 42-point bar. The same goal for the Chamois, who, on the other hand, have a different dynamic: after six defeats in a row, they remain without defeat in three meetings. For this match Nicolas Usaï has decided to keep Anthony Briançon for the first time this season. This is an event as the captain has not been on the field for a year following knee surgery. After passing physical tests on Monday, he trained with the group over the weekend. The defender may not start, but may be given some playing time late in the game. Hit in the loss to Guingamp (0-2), Moustapha Mbow has recovered from his bruise and was subpoenaed as is Antoine Valerio who is also making his comeback. Among the absent is Zinedine Ferhat, who has been absent for two weeks due to a rift off the coast. Enzo Philibert and Mahamadou Doucouré are in the rehabilitation phase. After he resumed collective training yesterday, Patrick Burner is absent. Nicolas Usaï has chosen to call up eight defenders, or half of his group. In the middle, he decided to sack Sidy Sarr and put Léon Delpech at the disposal of the reserve team, which must meet Muret tomorrow for a crucial game in the race to retain National 3.

The probable group: Bratveit, Dias – Paquiez, Mbow, Martinez, Guessoum, Briançon, Ueda, Sainte-Luce, Sadzoute – Cubas, Fomba, Ponceau, Eliasson, Benrahou, Valerio – Omarsson, Koné.

The likely eleven: Bratveit – Paquiez, Ueda, Martinez, Sainte-Luce – Fomba, Cubas – Benrahou, Ponceau, Eliasson – Koné.

“They are not the ones that make me leave the club”† After the coach, Gaëtan Paquiez presented himself at the pre-match press conference. The chance for the side at the end of the contract in June next year to recall that its future is uncertain: “At the start of the season it was clear and obvious to leave, but I changed my face, the coach is doing quite well. † Before negotiating a possible extension, the club trained player who has only known NO in his career first wants to commit the maintenance of the club: “The coach had said: ‘we will start the discussion if we are persevered’, now we don’t do that. † Hence the fact that Gaetan has not yet had discussions with his chairman about this, although he has received requests from other clubs. The defender also responded to some of his opponents who criticized his level of play. “They are not the ones that make me leave the club”he responded, adding that he didn’t take this criticism seriously (see video above).

Jean-Jacques Bourdin (photo Corentin Corger)

Deposited without follow-up. In a press release that his lawyer Maître Christian Saint-Palais sent to AFP, Jean-Jacques Bourdin, Honorary President of Nîmes Olympique, announced that the investigation into sexual assault against him has been dismissed. Under “requirement of public action”, the Paris prosecutor’s office specified. The latter had opened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault on January 19 after the disclosure of a complaint against Jean-Jacques Bourdin by a former BFMTV/RMC journalist for offenses from 2013. A few days later, the presenter was removed from the air. “I condemn the public instrumentalization of this procedure and regret the serious attacks that have been made on my personal and professional life”the journalist adds in this press release addressed to our colleagues at AFP.

Rugby Club Nmes

The Nîmes will play their last game of the regular phase on Sunday (Photo Yannick Pons)

The last before the eighth. This Sunday at 3 pm, the Rugby Club Nîmois travels to Castelsarrasin, seventh, for the 22nd and last day of the regular phase of Fédérale 1. A match without challenge for the Nîmes as they are already guaranteed to evolve into N2 next season and to to finish first in this Group 3 at the end of an extraordinary season with 18 wins, a draw and a loss on the clock. Thus, the staff decided to make a big turnover for this meeting with a majority of the usual holders not being called. For the RCN is preparing for the final phase with the opportunity to become Federal 1 champion next June. The road is long, starting with the round of 16. By taking the lead, Nîmes moves up to fourth in Pool 2 on the first leg (April 24) before the return leg in Kaufmann on May 1. For this final day, three teams will stand shoulder to shoulder in this group: Rumilly, Mâcon and Vienne. One of these three formations will be the opponent of the Gardois in 8th place.

Starting XV: Nouri, Barbet, Baudry – Lanauve, Suez – V.Tonin, Villier (cap), Cuny – Berthault, Santin – Roucayrol, Pichard, Robbe, Sarlin – Bonnet. Replacements: G. Tonin, Gori, Valois, Bonifacy, B. Nierat, Valderrama, Guillimin.