Lionel Campergue, the Bass whore to the Rugby World Cup

The 35-year-old prostitute, who has been busy with RCBA in order to catch up in the league, is living a dream that will come true on September 16, 2023, when Portugal have to face Wales in Nice to qualify for the competition. the next Rugby World Cup. The crazy scenario that saw his selection tame the Americans and the reasons why he donned the red tunic of a nation that only once stood shoulder to shoulder with the greater world in 2007.

The article was published in our issue dated December 22.

“Back after a long stay in Dubai where you qualified for the next Rugby World Cup with Portugal? Can you come back to earth? »
“Yes and I must! Now I have to work and bring some money (laughs). I’m a wine and champagne salesman and I work alone, so no one does it for me when I’m not there! »

“So you’re putting your wine and spirits business aside to go to the end of the world to play three memorable rugby matches? »
“Oh yes! It was a kind of final four where we played Hong Kong, Kenya and the USA. We beat the first two and the meeting with the USA was a kind of final. »

A draw in this “final” was enough to qualify. You enter the second half and the end of the match is going to be epic. How did you experience the events? »
“We knew it could get worse playing the United States. But the game was in our hands and we didn’t feel they were too calm. We followed the instructions of Patrice Lagisquet (Editor’s note: French coach of the Portuguese national team, with 46 caps and born in the Arcachon basin). Keeping the ball, going forward and playing is what we meant! We went to look for him. And in the end it’s amazing. The script, the joy, all that… And then the penalty at the last minute, when we were behind and just hit the post… It was jumping all over the place! When I think about it, I tell myself that I am working, trying to earn money, and then I say that maybe I will play the world championship in September! I don’t understand much. The future. There I think about my work, the work I have to do with the RCBA…”

“You’re 35 and it’s not tomorrow in September. Then there is a risk of injury…”
“True, but I don’t think much about it. Unfortunately, if it has to happen… In the meantime, you have to start working, playing, preparing. There are physical efforts to be made. I now play National 2, mostly Pro D2. So, before you go to play Wales, Australia, Fiji or Georgia, you need to get your body up to standard. That will be another story. Until then, there’s RCAB to hold on to. So my goal for the next few weeks is there and nowhere else. »

Instead, it will be Australia and Wales. It may hurt, but we will try to make the most of it

Lionel Campergue is the prostitute of the Arcachon basin rugby club

“And the name ‘Camperg’ comes from which part of Portugal?” »
“Oh! (laughs). So it is actually my mother who was born in Portugal. And he lived there for only two or three years. I was born in France, I have always lived there. And I’m far from speaking the language… even if I’m starting to understand everything! »

“Then how did you become a rugby international for this country? »
“It’s really stupid. I have a friend who went to play in a club in the country. He was spreading the word that my mother was from Portugal. It went back to the coach who decided to see me play one day near Auch. He checked that my family background information was correct and suggested that I go to Portugal. A little over a year ago, the country held its first World Cup. I thought to myself, “Wow, that would be great” to wear this uniform and hold such an event! »

How did the first steps in the “Lobos” (wolves) outfit go? »
“I remember… vaguely (laughs again). It was Georgia and I had played very little. We had an aging team from the World Cup and the renewal of the generation was not really expected… It was not easy at the beginning. »

“So, the idea of ​​playing against the best in the world came from your first steps? »
“I was motivated to go there because I thought about the experience it could represent. There was also a desire to do it for my mother Marie-Jo, to make me proud.
Then, playing in Pro D2, I knew very well that the French team was really impossible. I never thought about it and definitely didn’t have the level? away from there. »

“And what do mom and dad think about what happened to you? »
“Ah, my father, who is not Portuguese at all, is very proud. My mother is the same. There is a whole family left behind. Now I hope to be able to get tickets to bring the family to the stadium. »

“Do you feel crazy after this qualification in Portugal? »
“We’re not going to hide it, there really isn’t a ‘rugby culture’ there.” There were hundreds of people at the airport to welcome the returning footballers. Especially insiders.
When we play there, there are rarely more than 2,000 people in the stadium. But maybe this World Cup can put a little kick behind it all that the young Portuguese will be looking at! »

“Australia and Wales, will it go through? »
“Pff… (laughs) Well, we’ll decide to win at least one match. Above all, we will enjoy playing without much goal. It won’t be the end of the world if we do less well! »


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Born on November 24, 1987 in Mourenx, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Lionel Campergue played basketball before rugby. He has over 80 Pro D2 matches per hour under the colors of Pau Section and Colomiers. After four seasons at Federal 1 and National in Cognac, he joins RC Bassin d’Arcachon at the start of the 2021-2022 financial year. He has worn the colors of the Portugal national team since 2010 and more than 30 times.

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