Austin Elite Rugby – Alain Hyardet Head Coach
Austin Elite Rugby Release
Austin Elite Rugby is proud to announce Alain Hyardet as Head Coach. Mr. Hyardet brings his considerable coaching experience to Austin Elite Rugby for the 2018 inaugural Major League Rugby season.
After retiring from playing professional rugby in 1996, Alain began a new career as a coach for USAP in Perpignan, France, and led them to the first TOP 16 Final in 1998 against Stade Français.
In 1999, he joined the Béziers (PRO D2), becoming D2 champions in their first season, three seasons later they qualified for the European Champions League.
Alain left AS Béziers in 2004 for Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne (ASM) for two seasons, playing a European Championship Final against the London Harlequins.
In 2007, he joined Montpellier for three seasons and debuted the young players François Trinh-Duc, Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, and Julien Tomas.
Joining Marseille in 2011, he coached the legendary Jonah Lomu for his last season!
Alain coached such notable players as Richard Cockerill, Thomas, Marc Lievremont, Olivier Magne, Stephen Jones, Aurelien Rougerie, Jamie Cudmore, Brock James and much more.
As a player, Alain played for three clubs throughout his career: AS Clermont-Ferrand, AS Béziers, and the Castres Olympique. He was recognized for his performance on the field with two caps for France in 1995 against Argentina and Italy. That same year, he played in the first ever European championship with Castres Olympique.
“We look forward to Alain bringing his many years of top-level coaching experience to Austin Elite Rugby,” said Chairman and Owner Richard Osborn.
Austin Elite Rugby Signings
- Alain Hyardet – Head Coach
- Rick Medina – Corporate Sales Manager
- Emma Powell – Marketing Content Manager
- Peter Malcolm – Hooker
- Zinzan Elan-Puttick – Fullback
- Sione Fangaihuia – Center
- Vetekina Malafu – Wing
- Michael Reid – Scrumhalf
- Mason Pedersen – Loosehead Prop
- Zac Mizell – Flyhalf, Utility Back