Rugby

Fabien Barcella, déjà pilier du FCG ?

France Bleu Isère mercredi 8 avril 2015 à 6:00

Récemment arrivé au FCG en provenance de Toulon, Fabien Barcella s'apprête à retrouver ses anciens coéquipiers samedi après-midi (16h35) lors de la 22e journée du Top 14 de rugby. L'occasion de présenter l'un des (nouveaux) hommes clés du XV grenoblois. Confidences sur le terrain, et à la ville.

Il aurait pu jouer ce match sous les couleurs toulonnaises . Pourtant, Fabien Barcella portera bien le maillot Rouge et Bleu du FCG samedi. Un maillot qui est le sien depuis début février et son arrivée dans la capitale des Alpes. Un renfort de poids (et d’expérience) pour les hommes de Fabrice Landreau.

Vingt sélections en équipe de France, deux participations au tournoi des Six Nations (2008-2009) et une finale de Coupe du monde (2011) viennent garnir un CV déjà bien rempli. Né le 23 octobre 1989 à Agen, en terre d’ovalie , Fabien Barcella débute sa carrière dans le club de la ville voisine, Valence d’Agen, à l’Avenir Valencien.

Grenoble plutôt que Toulon

Après un passage au centre de formation de Toulouse, puis à Auch, en pro D2, où il décroche un titre de champion , il signe à Biarritz en 2008. Au Pays Basque, il enchaîne les saisons de haut niveau (2008-2014), connaît ses premières capes avec les Bleus au début de l’ère Lièvremont avant de tenter l’aventure à Toulon après la descente des Biarrots en Pro D2 l’été dernier.

Dans le sud de la France, il vit des moments difficiles , notamment à cause d’un temps de jeu trop faible. Il n’adhère pas, entre autres, "à l’esprit du club et de l’équipe" . Une aubaine pour le staff grenoblois, qui le fait d’abord signer pour la saison 2015-2016. Mais, confronté à de nombreuses blessures et absences , le FCG décide d’avancer son arrivée, après que Toulon l’ait libéré de son contrat. Ce qui n’est pas pour déplaire au joueur de 31 ans :"Entre gagner un titre dans une équipe où l’on ne se sent pas trop bien, et participer à une belle aventure humaine et collective, je crois qu’il n’y a pas photo" raconte Fabien Barcella.

Désormais bien intégré au collectif grenoblois, Fabien Barcella n’est jamais sorti du quinze de départ, fait assez rare pour un pilier. Son envie et sa forme pourraient être des atouts dans la fin de saison indécise du FCG .

Mis en ligne et écrit par Martial Debeaux

 

 

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