Rugby: Former international referee Marc Desclaux dies

He passed away at the age of 74 after struggling with the disease for months.
During his youth, in the center of the Béarnaise 3/4 line, until the age of 30 he expressed his talent in his birthplace, the village of Garlin in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It was then, relieved by an early knee injury, that he regretfully ended his playing career and turned to refereeing, which would allow him to explore horizons away from his beloved Pyrenees.
Quickly noticed for his skills, his career progressed rapidly with the whistle in hand, all the way to the final of the French Championship Stade Toulousain / Clermont-Ferrand in 1994, where the red-blacks won 22-16.

In the 90s, he joined a tight panel of the best international whistles, regularly being asked to manage the biggest posters around the world for tournament matches in both Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.

His career on the field ended with rugby remaining his passion and his technical expertise recognised, in turn coaching Garlin teams, the juniors of the Paloise Division and also Azereix, where he has lived since the 70s. As the boss of the arbitration body in the Armagnac Bigorre Committee, he joined the federal group by joining the Central Commission of Arbitrators for a variety of duties, including providing advice and supervision to high-ranking candidates.

Whether in the world of rugby or on a daily basis in his adopted village, Marc will leave nothing but fond memories to all who knew him. Despite his career as a leading international referee in the not-too-distant past, he was one of those people passionately committed to enjoyable friendships, with whom there was never a dull moment.

La Nouvelle République des Pyrénées and La Dépêche du Midi sympathize with his wife Ginette and children Carole and Fabien.

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