The legendary former second line of the XV of France and Béziers, Alain Estève, died at the age of 77 from a long illness.
Symbol of the great Béziers team and former player of the France team, Alain Estève died at the age of 77. The Béziers club announced this Tuesday the disappearance of the legendary second row in a press release.
“The Great One is dead. The ASBH is sad to inform you of the disappearance of Alain Estève following a long illness. The people of Béziers and the entire rugby world will miss Alain Estève terribly.” And recalled that the Sunday Times recently ranked him second among the “scariest French players of all time.”
Estève, nicknamed “The Beast of Béziers” (first French international to exceed 2 meters) was part of the French team in the early 1970s. In twenty caps with the French XV, the second row managed to win the Five Nations Tournament in 1973. Estève above all embodied the total domination of Béziers over French rugby in the 1970s, notably with eight French championship titles gleaned between 1971 and 1981. Alain Estève leaves a great legacy to French rugby.