National.  “If we could only get recruits like him…”: Ramiha Smiler, former Viennese Ramiha Smiler, Ness’s new lover

National. “If we could only get recruits like him…”: Ramiha Smiler, former Viennese Ramiha Smiler, Ness’s new lover

Five months after arriving at Nice, the former New Zealander from CS Vienne has endeared himself to the entire club thanks to his sporting and humanitarian qualities. To the point where there is a potential future in the Pro D2.


Alexander Olivieri
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You had to hear the applause from the Arboras Stadium when they played last Saturday against CSBJ to gauge the love rate their pitcher Smiler already has in Nice. Five months after his arrival on the Cote d’Azur, Rugby player The 30-year-old New Zealander has won hearts. “If only we could have players like him, we would have had a great time,” smiles Herve Mony, the club’s sporting director. Beautiful playground. “It’s Alexandre Kompin [entraîneur principal, NDLR] Who was spotted having a blast at the N2 in Vienna last season and is a very good surprise for us, on and off the field. He’s a likeable lad, always has a smile on his face, and is a player who is comfortable in all aspects of the game, as is often the case with New Zealanders. »

11 matches out of 12 possible

Sometimes, he was often the No. 8, as the Rumilly player revealed, in Fédérale 1, and he quickly adapted to his new life. Multi-active like others in Vienna – he was a butcher – Smiler became a professional rugby player with the number 2H Nationalism. “Since he trains twice a day, he has sharpened himself and become more intense,” Mooney says. »

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Physically (1.88 m, 115 kg), technically, “Rami” Smiler played 11 out of a possible 12 matches for the Azzurri, including eight starts. He scored three attempts. “People started to know me well here; Very well received , appreciates the person concerned. With my wife and three children [un garçon de quatre ans et deux filles de trois ans et dix mois, NDLR]We live in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, next to Nice. It’s perfect, there are great things to do. »

CS Vienne’s Ciel et Blanc clearly has them in his heart: “I often hear from them, I know it’s difficult at the National, it hurts me that they lose a lot of matches. But in this division, when you’re not 100% professional, it shows »

He has arrived now and can reach a higher level, despite his late flowering: “If we want to have a great journey, like moving to Pro D2, imagine the sporting director at Nice, he is a boy that we will keep with us without him. No problem.”

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