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Chosen by his peers in August of 1953, Arnaud Elissalde was immediately dubbed by the new comity director. Arnaud was a coach, player and team captain at age 27, and felt invested in his educational and formative mission after converting to the « oval religion ». As an accomplished theorist and speaker, he wanted to share his faith and Spartan discipline. He was always researching new game options and tactics, inspired by the Mazamétain Lucien Mias for the Forwards and the Lourdais Jean Prat for the line-play.
This Rochelais precursor born in Bayonne created a style and an identity with the players and lead the Yellow and Black team to the greater ranks. He pushed his player jersey aside in 1965 to pursue his « evangelistic » mission as a coach and teacher until 1971. Under his strong direction Stade Rochelais played three quarter-finals in 1961, 1962 and 1969.
(Text written by Jean-Michel Blaizeau, historian)