Anthony Alves, Return of the “Good Soldier” from the Mons Collection

“I can’t wait to play again, and finally come naturally, even if those who have been playing do so.” The season got off to a good start and, from an accounting point of view, it’s not bad. But, above all I was focused on getting back as quickly as possible, on the work I had to do myself,” confirms the experienced frontline, 120 Pro D2 games on the clock, passed by Auillac (2015-2019) and Grenoble (2019-2021). ).

“Reassure the youth”

He arrived in Land in the 2021 season with partner Sophie and son Thiago (3 years), born in Oyonax, of Portuguese descent by his father and international with “Os Lobos” (“Thirty to be exact”) easily acclimatized to life in the Southwest. With 20 appearances including 17 games, he quickly established himself as a pillar of the yellow and black package during the historic 2021-2022 season.

“He has a lot of activity in the game. Defensively, he has mastered our project. He is a fairly complete player.”

“He is a player with a lot of experience and very good at the basics in this position, especially in the field of training, analyzes his coach Julian Tastet. He is also very active in the game, he is very comfortable with the ball in his hand. Defensively, he masters our project, he is also very comfortable in confrontations. Individual and in defensive duels. He is a fairly complete player, and he brought us a lot of satisfaction last year.” Patrick Millhit, Mons manager, emphasizes on his part the “maturity” of Anthony Alves, experienced in elite waiting room games: “It is important in The group reassure our youth. »

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Two more seasons (plus one)

Despite his experience, the Right Column does not define himself as a “great leader of words”, but rather as a “good soldier who is put out there and wants to do his job very well.” While he willingly put this experience at the service of the less experienced: “If in addition, it reassures the young people to have men like me, I am happy. The slightly younger players like Lasha (Macharashvili) and Mathieu (Lalan), I try to give them a little From advice, to help them, because they are young listeners. I try to give them a little advice, so that they will take my place in the future (laughs)!”

It may not be right away. nor at Stade Montois, It spanned two seasons (plus one optional) on October 13thNor with Portugal, with whom he will travel to Dubai in November to participate in the replay tournament between countries that are not eligible for the 2023 World Cup in France. In a nod to history, the Lusitania team played the last World Cup 15 years ago. It’s the last chance, smiles Elvis, who dreams of a ‘fantastic adventure’ in the Emirates.

Heading to the World Cup?

“Everything is possible. The countries out there, if they were so strong, would have qualified already, like us! We have our chances, we worked and we are still working and we will do everything for it. The Portugal group works a bit like a club, it has been the same for several years. People are surprised. , when you think of Portugal, you don’t necessarily think of the great rugby players.But especially at the three-quarter level, Rodrygo (Marta, Dacois), Simao (Pinto, his partner at Mons), Rafael Costa Sturte (the top scorer in Pro D2 in Béziers). …there are senior individuals.”

“I try to give a little advice to the youngest of them, so that they will take my place in the future (laughs)!”

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