Monday, April 26, 2010

Professional rugby comes to the Charente

The charente has never had a professional rugby team.

Until now. 

Plans for CAC 16 were unveiled in Jarnac last week and are raising €1.2 millions for the launch.  CAC stands for Cognac Angouleme Charente (the two towns are ultra competitive) and to make things fair the team will be based in Jarnac.

Coached by Daniel Herrero (ex Toulon hooker & coach, pictured above) they aim to be in the second tier of the top flight of French rugby within three years.  You can read further details here.

They will have to develop the "stade" in Jarnac and whilst it may never be Twickers I can't think of a better place to have a pre-match Pimms & picnic than outside the Courvoisier chateau on the river front.

CAC 16 v Wasps with Jonny Wilkinson kicking a last minute drop goal to send the locals home happy....well a man can dream.

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