reactions after the death of Benoît Dauga

André Boniface, former player of Stade Montois and France

“We were expecting it, but it’s very sad news because the rugby monument is going away. We did all our…

André Boniface, former player of Stade Montois and France

“We were expecting it, but it’s very sad news because the rugby monument is going away. We spent our entire career together, he is a very good friend of my brother (Guy) and he is one of the best forwards in the world. Even the New Zealanders said so. Personally, he is the player who made the biggest impression on me during my career. He was a very good man, with extraordinary physical qualities. He comes from basketball and is very good, especially in contact. A modern front ahead of time, very fast and very mobile. Launched, he is as fast as us, three-quarters, and he can make breakthroughs of 80 meters. This is an opportunity for Stade Montois to have a player of that level. He was seriously injured in the neck during a meeting (1975) and never really recovered all his abilities. When we met him on the pitch, it was moving like the last times I met him, it was a bit subdued. »


In 1966, Benoît Dauga, Christian Darrouy, Guy and André Boniface wearing the French team jersey.

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Pierre Albaladejo, former international

“Benoît was a great man, on all levels. His death was something we expected, he fought to the end, as he always did. He had a unique physique, a champion spirit. For the record, there were a few of us who saw him on the basketball court before he started playing rugby. The president of US Dax, René Dassé, visited him at his parents’ house… But he didn’t like it, he saw this too thin, with the silhouette of a cheater. No matter how much we told him it would happen, nothing worked… And Benoît played at the Stade Montois. »

Pierre Albaladejo.


Pierre Albaladejo.

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Jean-Louis Bérot, former international

“This is someone we call by his first name, Benoît. Along with Walter (Spanghero, Ed), these are the beacons of our generation of rugby players. Between us, we called it “le Cassou”, the big oak tree. Because of his bravery on the field, the nickname “Grand Ferré”, a hero of the Middle Ages, was given to him by Antoine Blondin and popularized by journalists Denis Lalanne and Jean Cormier. Benoît is a straight man. He is very sensitive; a big man like that, you wouldn’t think! After his injury, when he returned to Ricard to take care of Château de la Voisine, he gave us beautiful moments, he knew how to receive and take care of others. »

Jean-Louis Berot.


Jean-Louis Berot.

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Patrick Milhet, manager of Stade Montois

“Stade Montois has lost a legend, a man recognized in all areas of rugby in the world. He is a whole person, with values. Benoît was my first president, he made me sign my first professional contract in his office in 2006. I knew the player, of course, but I discovered the man. A very calm person, who does not need to bang his fist on the table to be respected, straight and fair. He always worked for the club, as a player and then as president. We often see each other while eating, but we don’t really know. Besides, just last week, I told Julien (Tastet, the Mons forwards coach) that the staff should visit him in Nouvielle… Of course we will accompany him on his last trip. »

Philippe Cazaubon, his successor as president of Stade Montois

“This is the news I was hoping for but dreading. For me, it is “Big Ben”, the control tower. I had the opportunity to work with him for 4 years (2007-2011, editor’s note). He is always there, reaching out and helping me. He immediately put me at ease and let me do the things I wanted, it was fun working with him. He is a simple man. I remember a Racing match, he was in Colombes bar, surrounded by Racingmen supporters, the guys couldn’t believe their eyes… He was a very nice, humble person, but also honest about the necklace , with great inherent authority. . I heard him raise his voice once or twice and everything fell silent. He said that Stade Montois is eternal, it’s a formula that I like a lot. This is a club page that turns and we will talk about it for a long time. »

Charles Dayot, Mayor of Mont-de-Marsan

“I visited him in Nouvielle earlier because I wanted to say hello. He marked French rugby but also the Landais, the people from here. Physically, he is exceptional, but he is also an exceptional ball handler. He is a historical figure from Stade Montois and the city that is disappearing… I thought he was immortal, it’s strange to see him go, he’s like a tree with solid roots. I felt sadness, nostalgia. A face and a smile disappeared. »

Patrick Nadal, former player, coach and president of Stade Montois

“When I started in the first team at Stade Montois, at 17, he was playing. Think of the legend that means to me. It is a monument of French rugby that is missing, and also a big part of my life. On the pitch, one he is one of the greatest players I have ever met. He has extraordinary physical qualities and knows how to pass like a three-quarter. The modern front, above all. When he had an accident in rugby, I was playing in Nice, I went he at the Tour de Gassies in Bordeaux. The surgeon told me that if it hadn’t been for Benoît Dauga, he wouldn’t have recovered”.

Benoît Dauga had his habits in


Benoît Dauga had his habits in “his garden” of Boniface. Since 2020, the new stand of the Mons stadium has borne his name.

Pascal Bates

His journey

Born: May 8, 1942 (80 years old) in Montgaillard (Landes), 1.95 m. Nickname: Le Grand Ferré. Awards: 63 caps with France’s XV, 9 times captain. Triple winner of the Five Nations Tournament (1967, 1968, and 1970). President of Stade Montois from 2003 to 2007.

Geneviève Darrieussecq, minister and former mayor of Mont-de-Marsan

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