Perpignan: René Monié, champion of France with USAP in 1955, is gone

He was one of the four survivors of the fabulous USAP 1955 team. René Monié has left us. he was 88 years old.

They were the last four survivors of the formidable USAP team, which achieved the double Championship-Du Manoir in 1955. René Monié, the center with the legs of fire, left us this week. He was accompanied by his friends to his final resting place, this Thursday, August 18, in Saint-Feliu d’Avall.

Born on January 2, 1934 in Théza, René Monié was only 21 when he participated in the formidable Catalan epic of 1955, which wrote in gold letters one of the most beautiful lines in the history of the Perpignan club. In the final of the championship, at Parc Lescure in Bordeaux, the USAP brought down the ogre from Lourdes by winning 11-6, three tries (Gauby, Garrigue, Torreilles) to nil. A week after this feat, which fills an entire department with pride, USAP scored twice in the Du Manoir final, winning at Lucien Mias’ Mazamet (22-11).

René Monié was associated in the center with Gaston Rous. “He was a fine player, very collective, remembers Henri Doutres, who was his teammate, one of the last three survivors of this glorious era with Georges Gauby and Vincent Mestres. He had a lightning start and broke through the best defenses. René was a fine athlete, with lightning speed.” Qualities that earned him the jersey of the France team twice, against Czechoslovakia (1956) and England during the 1957 Tournament.

Yesterday morning, in the church of Saint Felieu d’Avall, his friends, including Jo Maso, Raymond Rebujent, Georges Coste, Michel Molins, José Desclaux and many others, came to pay him a last tribute. To his family, loved ones, The Independent sends its sincere condolences.

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