ALAIN HYARDET APPOINTED AS HEAD COACH
AUSTIN TX - Austin Elite Rugby is proud to announce Alain Hyardet as Head Coach. Mr. Hyardet brings his considerable coaching experience to Austin Elite Rugby for the 2018 inaugural Major League Rugby season.
After retiring from playing professional rugby in 1996, Alain began a new career as a coach for USAP in Perpignan, France, and led them to the first TOP 16 Final in 1998 against Stade Français.
In 1999, he joined the Béziers (PRO D2), becoming D2 champions in their first season, three seasons later they qualified for the European Champions league.
Alain left AS Béziers in 2004 for Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne (ASM) for two seasons, playing a European Championship Final against the London Harlequins.
In 2007, he joined Montpellier for three seasons and debuted the young players François Trinh-Duc, Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, and Julien Tomas.
Joining Marseille in 2011, he coached the legendary Jonah Lomu for his last season!
Alain coached such notable players as Richard Cockerill, Thomas, Marc Lievremont, Olivier Magne, Stephen Jones, Aurelien Rougerie, Jamie Cudmore, Brock James and many more.
As a player, Alain played for three clubs throughout his career: AS Clermont-Ferrand, AS Béziers, and the Castres Olympique. He was recognized for his performance on the field with two caps for France in 1995 against Argentina and Italy. That same year, he played in the first ever European championship with Castres Olympique.
“We look forward to Alain bringing his many years of top level coaching experience to Austin Elite Rugby.” said Chairman and Owner Richard Osborn.
Austin Elite Rugby
Austin Elite Rugby is a Professional Rugby team based in Austin Texas, and we are excited to bring Professional Rugby to Central Texas and the City of Austin
As a proud member of Major League Rugby, Austin Elite Rugby embodies the sport’s inclusive ethos. Developing players from youth to professional is at the heart of Austin Elite Rugby, creating a world-class experience for players and fans to enjoy the game.
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Major League Rugby
MLR is an initiative driven by existing USA Rugby member teams in partnership with private investors who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level.