Lucile Puech: mother, veterinarian and federal referee…

Lucile Puech experienced her first national game as linesman 1 of the Tarbes-Chambéry meeting, referee Ludovic Sacarot, who comes from the same promotion as her. “We started together in Auch” she trusts. Her slender silhouette really stands out as she stands alongside the burly hookers and five meters from a line of sixteen of her own kind, some of which are 2.00m tall and 130kg… “beasts” who impress her no more than the cows and horses over 300 kg, which she looks after and cares for all day as a country veterinarian specializing in horses. “I do very little dogs and cats, I’m more rural” confirms with a big smile Lucile Puech, who settled in Oloron after her veterinary studies in Toulouse.

A family passion for rugby

Lucile Puech, who has a 16-month-old baby, is one of eight Elite Women’s Referees who met last November for an internship in Clermont-Ferrand led by Salem Attalah, a former senior referee. For the past two seasons, she has served as chief referee and linesman in Fédérale 1 in addition to the women’s elite games in Fédérale 2 Masculine. Lucile is from Tarn and grew up in a rugby environment with her father and his brother, who practiced the oval at a federal club. She herself, having shared her passion for rugby with her grandmother at the Mazamet stadium, discovered it during the discovery days at school. She practiced it a bit in the UNSS and at the university with the Vétos de Toulouse. “I played very little, got injured regularly and preferred to quit. So I switched to arbitration very quickly. I liked rugby and it was a way to stay there. It’s nice to referee, it’s a different way of understanding rugby. You need to know how to control your emotions. You also need to know how to control your body. » Very quickly Lucile Puech was attracted to refereeing and diligently followed the entire course of young referees. A course where writing and speaking go hand in hand, especially knowledge of the rules, sector by sector, psychology and physics, with fairly extensive tests. Young referees are screened throughout their career and at every stage they take courses and advance to the next level with a national exam.

Be the best possible

After refereeing at cadets, Lucile Puech followed the path of all male and female referees (juniors, series, honors, federal 3…) to arrive at the divisional level 2 of the FFR* at the age of 32. To date, only seven referees advance at this level. Above there is only international referee Aurélie Groizeleau, who officiates Pro D2 games after refereeing for the national team. The other international referee Doriane Domenjo, also referee in the 2nd Bund. Lucile Puech, who started refereeing thirteen years ago, has fallen behind due to motherhood. She has no career plan and considers refereeing a passion that she lives happily and with a smile. “I’m directing as best I can in Federal 2 and after that we’ll see. My goal is to be the best possible in the category I referee. » And that’s despite the pressure of being supervised at every meeting since she was a center referee on Elite 1 Women and Federal 2. Despite her smile and obvious fragility, Lucile Puech knows how to be respected locally. “If we don’t get respect (laughs…) You don’t have to go there. You don’t have to be a referee. » She guides both girls and boys. “I don’t ask myself questions when I’m the center of attention. I tell myself they have to take care of me. »

humor and character

Lucile Puech also officiates on the sidelines in Federal 1 and for the first time in National. She even takes certain sexist considerations like this with humor “go wash up” swung from the small grandstand as she took her place on the sidelines. “I don’t pay any attention to it anymore. Sometimes I find it funny when there are colleagues who hate it. Me, I tell myself, poor thing, that’s all he has to do…” To her advantage, it should be noted that she did not have to endure the protests of supporters at the key exits. Lucile Puech also knows how to take responsibility. It was she who reported the Chambéry striker to Mr Sacarot, which led to the five-metre scrum that led to Duny’s second try. She was also the one who upheld the central referee’s decision to award the penalty try and yellow card Trotta, who had intentionally killed an unstoppable try opportunity. Previously, she had not hesitated to provoke the anger of the crowd by signaling a dangerous tackle that earned Lhusero a yellow card while the referee had only awarded a penalty.

Jean Jacques Lasserre

*The FFR has only 146 female referees, according to a 2019 study by Kantar/La Poste, a far cry from the 8,004 hand referees, 3,560 basketball referees and 1,100 soccer referees.

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