Raoul Barrière Wiki
Raoul Barrière 3 March 1928 – March 2019 is a former French rugby union player and a coach. He played as a prop.
He played for Aurillac and AS Béziers. He won the title of French Champion with AS Béziers, in 1961, and was runners-up, in 1960 and 1962. In 1968 Barrière became the coach of AS Béziers. He won to win six titles of French Champion, for 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978.
He moved to RC Narbonne in 1980.
- French rugby champion,1960 with AS Béziers (player)
- French rugby champion, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978 with AS Béziers (Head Coach)
- Challenge Yves du Manoir 1972, 1975 and 1977 with AS Béziers and 1984 with RC Narbonne (Head Coach)
- French championship finalist 1976 with AS Béziers (Head Coach)
Raoul Barrière Biography
Raoul Barrière Cause of Death
Raoul Barrière died Friday morning, in Béziers of course, five days after his 91st birthday. He left an immense mark in French rugby as a coach of Grand Béziers. He has led the club seven times at the top of French rugby. Thanks to him, the Biterrois raised the Brennus in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978 plus three Du-Manoir. Are we to realize that Barrière had lived seasons to zero defeats in all competitions (71-72 and 77-78)?
Raoul Barrière Carrer
Previously, he had been an excellent pillar, champion in 1961, international once against Romaniain 1960. He had also participated in the legendary tour of the XV of France in South Africa in 1958.
His contribution to French rugby was colossal as a technician. He had made a champion group of France Reichel in 1968, a war machine formidable by its results, but also by its innovative style (and so unjustly criticized). Training teacher, Raoul Barrière was first an educator, a researcher, a man who had advanced his players as few would have done in his place.
Because at that time, the clubs did not recruit with turn of arms. Barrière was champion with the players he had on hand. The vast majority was born within a radius of twenty kilometers around the stadium. Barrière had federated big personalities, he had created a kind of dynamic group where players were involved, even if it was not easy every day. But he could also rely on an outstanding captain Richard Astre.
A revolutionary gaming system
Barriere and his students had forged a revolutionary game system where front-runners crossed the front line first, often making small short passes inward. The notion of support was fundamental, it took precedence over the cult of the pretty pass where on the individual breakthrough. Then, three quarters took over to conclude by making speak their speed. He won his last title in 1978, the prettiest of all ways and then drew his bow at the beginning of the following season after an algebra with the second line Alain Estève, who embodied yet his greatest success as an educator.
But his career did not stop there, we saw him again at the controls of Valence, Millau and Narbonne at the end of the 80’s. We often forget him, he had nevertheless brought the audois club to the semi-finals from 1988 and 1989 and the victory in Du-manoir 90, with a less talented group than that of Béziers. He then made a move to Neuilly. But if we have to keep a single image of him, it will be the end of the 1978 final when Béziers outclassed a very stubborn ASM until then. That day, Béziers touched the sun.