Australia, a “big challenge”
“It’s a hell of a warm-up on this tour. I had the chance to do the tour there (in July 2021), it was a very tough tour. We haven’t had many victories against them in our history so it’s going to be a big game, not to be neglected, with a lot of fights, very tall forwards, very strong in front and three-quarters who have this ability to break. It had been very tight two years ago at home, I think it will be the same (Saturday night).
We have a different status since the 2021 summer tour but we have to respect our opponents, remain humble in the face of a major nation. We saw it again in Scotland (victory of the Wallabies 15-16 on Saturday), between the 60th and 80th, it’s a team that sets a lot of pace and doesn’t let go at the end of the match. You will have to be focused until the end. They often seek the penaltouch, even on penalties at 20 meters, so we will have to be vigilant on this. It’s a big challenge, especially in terms of physical commitment, on which we insisted quite a bit this week. »
His passage to the second line
“I take pleasure in this position, which I have learned to love, to know. I started to play there in Australia precisely, I take my marks as I go, I start to like this position. I don’t ask myself any more questions between the two posts. (with that of 3rd line wing). More than in the scrum, the apprehension in this transition was above all the sequence of tasks behind a scrum. I got my bearings quite easily in the melee but I was afraid of not being able to chain the tasks as well leaving a lot of juice in the melee. Physically and mentally, I worked on it to better manage the sequence. »
His move to Racing 92 and his start to the season
” (Laconic) I can always progress. I adapt to my new club, it will come. I’m going to ask you to be patient, that’s all. (Relaunched on his change of club one year from the World Cup) It was my choice, my decision. It was a desire on my part to change club. It’s up to me to adapt, to be better on the pitch. It has nothing to do with my change of club, I just have to do better. »