Sport In a long interview with Midi Olympique, the versatile forward of Racing 92 talks about the very complicated period he has been experiencing since last fall.
Since September, Bernard Le Roux has not made anyone jump from his couch. Known for his razor-sharp tackles, the South African-born has caressed the ribs of scores of players in the Top 14, Champions Cup and internationally. Crowned with 47 selections with the Blues, he was one of the very best tricolor tacklers of the last decade. Now 33, an early retirement was mentioned by some media before being denied by the player. For good reason, if the second line no longer plays, it is because a concussion caused during a match against LOU Rugby kept him away from the meadows.
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In an interview given to Noon Olympic, the serial tackler recounted the feeling that had inhabited him during this period. In other words, he confides:For the first time in my life, I was scared… I had never been scared like this…”At the start of the fall, the player was prone to numerous migraines and tremors. He also had many difficulties falling asleep. Although he claims to have hadAbout ten [de commotions] before that one”, this had much more lasting effects on the Ile-de-France region.
In addition to this forced career break for 6 months, he was the victim of muscle fasciculation all over his body, i.e. involuntary and uncontrolled muscle contractions. This episode led doctors to think the worst. Always according to Midol, the latter did not exclude the fact that the player is a victim of Charcot’s disease. At this announcement, Bernard Le Roux had serious fears and confides this:
Hearing that, I panicked.[…] As everyone would have done in my place, I did some research on the internet. It didn’t help my anxieties. Between the moment when he told me that and when the test took place, a month passed and in this period, I lost 9 kilos… I couldn’t sleep anymore… It was a crazy stress .[…] I saw on the net that there was ten years of life expectancy at most. So I looked at my children and it was unbearable. Luckily, the examinations then did not reveal anything in particular.
Subsequently, the player confirms his desire to return to the meadow. If his return to the France team seems complicated, a real blow for the one who affirmed in 2021 at the microphone of Canal + that the 2023 World Cup in his adopted country would be his “last big goal.“Nevertheless, he would like to at least wear the Racing 92 jersey in the future. He indicates in particular that he has resumed bodybuilding, swimming and running, in addition to having regained his ideal weight and hopes to be at 100% “in a few weeks”. In 2015, Bernard Le Roux told Rugby Rama : “As long as I quit, I’m happy.” For his future return, we therefore hope to see him distribute a few caramels in the Top 14 and beyond if he can, while preserving himself as much as possible.
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