New coaches get to work at Castres

Date published: June 24 2015

The new trio of coaches at Castres – Christophe Urios, Frédéric Charrier and Joe el Abd – are settling into their roles at their new club.

Champions in 2013, Castres only narrowly avoided relegation this season after spending most of the 2014/2015 campaign down in the bottom two.

Urios, a former hooker with Castres between 1990-1999, re-joins the club after an incredibly successful spell with Oyonnax, including guiding the low-budget side into the top six during during only their second season in France's top flight. He opted to return to his former club after rejecting an offer to take over at Toulon.

As director of rugby Urios has brought with him two of his coaches from Castres who also happen to have played as captain for him at Oyonnax during his time there, in Charrier and El Abd.

Charrier will take charge of the backs and attack, after working with Urios for five years as a coach, with El Abd taking charge of defence.

"I would not have come to Castres if I could not bring my staff. That was one of the important things and crucial for me," Urios told Rugbyrama.

"As well as being two of my former captains, the two guys have a similar idea of how the game should be played. They compliment each other extremely well."

El Abd, who previously played for Bath, Bristol and Toulon before joining Oyonnax and now taking up his post at Castres at the age of 34, can't wait to get started while fondly remembering his time with his last club..

"The task before us here at Castres is very exciting. It's a big challenge before us," said El Abd.

"We can't wait to get going. I spent three wonderful years in Oyonnax and now I am ready for the job ahead in Castres."