A few minutes before the match between the Olympic Castres and the Stade Français, this is the opportunity to honor a player who is rarely talked about. Often discreet, Antoine Burban (1m88, 97kg) will celebrate his 250th match with Stade Français. Arrived in the summer of 2006 from the Paris University Club at the age of 19, the third row has become over the seasons an emblematic player of the Top 14. But the history of the third row on Parisian soil has not been a long quiet river. While Fabien Galthié made him an incumbent during the 2007-2008 season, he experienced his first galley during the 2008-2009 season. A serious back injury handicapped him and took him away from the field until September 2009. In the process, he should have known his first selection for the France team, if a new injury had not prevented him from honoring him. .
Burban will know more glorious hours, as much in club as in selection. He was part of the adventure in 2007, the year in which Stade Français was French Top 14 champion (Burban did not take part in the final), and also in 2015, for his second French championship title. In 2017, he also won the European Challenge. The Parisian by birth will also have four selections for the French team, on the occasion of the 6 Nations Tournaments 2014 and 2016.
This afternoon, Antoine Burban and his teammates will have a lot to do to overcome the Olympic Castres on the lawn of Pierre Fabre. Currently 9th in the standings, the Ile-de-France residents are preparing to face the Tarnais in full flurry, undefeated at home and who remain on three consecutive victories.
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