Clermont should not keep Jean-Pascal Barraque. While under contract with the French Rugby Federation as part of the France 7-a-side team, the versatile three-quarter-player joined Auvergne last September as an “additional player” while World Rugby decided to mute the World Circuit, as the 2020 season has been concluded prematurely and the start of the 2021 season is still uncertain. The former player of Biarritz, Toulouse, La Rochelle and Bordeaux-Bègles therefore took the opportunity to return to the game in XV under the colors of Clermont, with performances that speak for him and able to convince Franck Azéma to keep it until the end of the season.
Daret: “For spring, we obviously count on Jean-Pascal”
However, in an interview with the magazine Olympic noon, the coach of the France team at 7 Jérôme Daret confirmed to count on Jean-Pascal Barraque for the resumption of the World Circuit but, also, for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, for which the Blues have not yet qualified. “I am very happy that Jean-Pascal has playing time and the opportunity to show the extent of his qualities. This attests to the potential of France 7, confided the latter during this interview. Relations with Clermont are very good, so everyone is a winner. But for the spring, we are obviously counting on Jean-Pascal to be competitive on the world circuit and to help us qualify for the Olympics. Jean-Pascal Barraque’s contract will expire at the end of the Olympic Games. “It will be up to him to see …” said Jérôme Daret, who has not lost hope of keeping his player.