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With Pau’s face, Angel Capuozzo had the primary time period with Toulouse Stadium. A match by which he retired from the sport, even when collectively “there have been extra downs than ups”. Within the time of Rugby went to satisfy him. The 23-year-old, calm and considerate, returned to his household journeyand it offers us quite a bitanecdotes.
A baby with a really fast character
Born in Grenoble in 1999, in Italian origins but additionally having a Malagasy paternal grandfather, Ange Capuozzo is a “very quick” little boy. “I needed to specific myself bodily, to maneuver, to exit, get contemporary air, experience a motorcycle, play soccer, move rugby… I used to be very outside,” he tells us. His dad and mom contributed to this. Between 5-12 years, no TV. Briefly, the console, removed from it, offers option to vast open areas. And particularly together with his father. “I had the prospect to play with him quite a bit. In soccer, in boxing… He let me win, after all,” he smiles.
His first sport? Judo “To channel me. I additionally preferred having good contacts with the opposite youngsters”. He found rugby on the age of 6 and began within the U7 class at US Deux-Ponts. Ange tries soccer due to the significance of the game in his household. “Nevertheless it was inconceivable to do each. I used to be lastly bitten by rugby at my age, so I gave up the oval ball.” A bit of later, he tried for a 12 months and a half in Burmese boxing, but additionally in English boxing. “Once you go up the grade in rugby, it takes an excessive amount of time and vitality, so we needed to put all these actions apart.”
Dominici and Clerc made him dream younger
Rugby has been a ardour for Ange Capuozzo since childhood. His childhood idol. He says, with out pondering an excessive amount of: Christopher Dominici. “I preferred his model, I acknowledged myself in him together with his avoiding rugby. He additionally had this grit, this anger, this additional soul, and whenever you’re a spectator, you undoubtedly like that. That twinkle in his eye was one thing. I’ve at all times liked this participant.”
Being from Grenoble, the present winger of Toulouse additionally evokes the native Vincent Clerc. “I used to be a fan of his too. What number of occasions has he made me dream with these France XV stunts? An ideal participant.”
As a young person, a South African conquered her: Gio Aplon. “He actually influenced me. After I was little I at all times had a helmet, I took it off at 11-12 years previous. And when he obtained to Grenoble, I used to be within the cadets and I put my helmet again simply to mimic him. I recognized with him, he had a sure magic, he rocked each assembly”.
He confronted Romain Ntamack in his youth
Ange Capuozzo offers us one other anecdote: younger, he confronted Romain Ntamack, his present teammate at Toulouse. It was throughout his second tour with FCG, close to Montpellier. “Roman was in entrance of us. I had recognized his father, Emile, it’s a sacred reminiscence. Already, being within the footwear of the opponent, I had this picture of the large membership, an infinite power. We had misplaced, after all. Stade Toulousein obtained me a bunch of semi-finals or finals (laughs). There was an excellent technology 99-2000, they received quite a bit,” remembers the Italian worldwide (5 caps).
He’s a real soccer fan
If he prioritized his rugby, Ange Capuozzo remains to be soccer fan, a sport that is essential in his household. His favourite membership? the FC Napoli. Inevitably, when you’ve gotten a household with Neapolitan origins… “I really like this membership, particularly by way of the legend of Diego Maradona,” he insists.
He admits that he’s intently watching the outcomes of this crew. “I noticed their European Cup sport in opposition to Liverpool the place they scored 4. Final weekend I additionally noticed the sport they received at AC Milan. They’ve an important begin to the season, however I could not imagine this season.” And in France? “Olympic Marseille. I’ve this tradition for OM as a result of I’m a toddler of the 2000s,” he jokes.
Happy with Italy’s title in 2006
His first nice soccer reminiscence? 2006 World Cup. And if France misplaced on penalties, Ange Capuozzo was on his facet fairly fortunately. The explanation ? The winner was none aside from Italy. “It is true, I used to be comfortable. I used to be 7 years previous. I believe I watched a little bit of the winners’ camp as effectively. I’ve an excellent reminiscence.” He develops for us:
I bear in mind Quai Perrière in Grenoble. It’s the previous Italian quarter, it’s the gathering place of Italians in essential moments. When Italy was champion, it was completely invaded by the entire group, my father introduced me and I’ve great reminiscences of it. I’ve no downside saying that I used to be comfortable that Italy have been world champions in 2006.
A really studious boy on the coaching middle
If he was a really quick baby, Ange Capuozzo channeled himself rapidly. On the coaching middle in Grenoble, the place he joined somewhat late, he even had the label of the “calm” boy. “I wasn’t the kind to sneak up on the wall. I used to be by no means so studious in my life as I used to be then. I used to be very cautious,” he admits.
The one who began as knowledgeable within the 12 months of Covid-19 admits that on the time he was “related to non-public improvement”. “I learn quite a bit, I realized the best way to really feel higher, to be higher in my head, in my physique. I skilled a number of issues like waking up very early (morning surprise)”. Solely 20 years…
A nod to Pau…
Ange Capuozzo performed his first skilled match someday in Could 2019. He remembers it with out batting an eyelid. “In Pau within the High 14″. A gathering the place he performs about twenty minutes in … n°9. “That is the place I took at Espoirs,” he stated, earlier than clarifying: “I am 3/4 coaching. I performed 9, 10, wing and again between the 13s and Espoirs”.
Inevitably, taking part in this primary match with Grenoble, his coaching membership and town of his beginning, was priceless for Ange. “I could not have requested for higher,” he says. “I used to be very impressed, I had the prospect to be very effectively accompanied by the elders. I’ve reminiscences of nice talks with Lucas Dupont, who helped me all week earlier than and on D-Day. Once you’re younger and you’ve got such a membership icon taking care of us, it inevitably resonates. It was soothing and marked me. I hope that someday I can discover myself on this state of affairs to assist the youthful ones”. And he tells us one other anecdote: “My first professional match was in opposition to Pau, my first common match with Toulouse was in Pau. Nice reminiscences, aside from the video games themselves. I’ve misplaced them…”
He wish to face his finest pal within the 2023 World Cup
Chosen with the Italian crew for the primary time in March 2022, Ange Capuozzo has shone and is eyeing the World Cup in 2023. “It’s the pinnacle for each participant to take part no less than as soon as,” he factors out. His need is “to do it”, even when he doesn’t think about himself “an Italian govt in any respect”.
2023 remains to be filled with symbols for him: the competitors is in France, Italy is within the Blues pool and France-Italy is deliberate in Lyon, close to Grenoble, his hometown. “All these alerts, it is a dream.” And he confesses to us: “I pray with all my coronary heart as my finest pal, Killian Geraci, with whom I grew up, with whom I additionally went to main college. If we will make this competitors and compete in opposition to one another, it may add magic to the occasion. This World Cup makes me dream.
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