A France v England is always a special moment for a rugby player. An event not to be missed. Even when it comes to football. So Stade Toulouse checked the date and time of the quarter final of the World Cup where the two teams will meet in Qatar.
Saturday evening will be at 7pm local time (8pm in France). The Rouge et Noir will be in Limerick, Ireland, not France, where they will face Munster Province the following day in the Champions Cup opener (4:15pm), the new competition combining the South African provinces to replace the European Cup.
“A France-England remains a Clasico for us”
“We have organized ourselves in terms of time to make it possible for players to watch this match, optional but strongly recommended, Manager Ugo Mola explains. Granted, a France-England remains a ”Clásico” for us in terms of rugby, so we’ll try to check it out. When we watch the match in Munster, it’s good that we’ll have the support of the Irish side as well as the French side for the same team. »
Have the Irish already forgotten Thierry Henry’s hand in knocking them out of the 2010 World Cup play-offs? One thing is for sure, at least one player from the Toulouse workforce will be absent for the Blues: English third-stringer Jack Willis, who arrived at the club barely 15 days ago as an extra. “He’s going to be a bit lonely and we want to leave him alone (smiles), Mola observes. But hey, since Jack is fully integrated into the workforce, I’m on the verge of thinking he’ll support the Blues. Well, the loudest are the Argentinians. They are at a good point as football culture is well anchored in them. »
XV of France as inspiration
Stade Toulouse manager Ugo Mola and his scrum-half Antoine Dupont have some advice for Didier Deschamps’ men who can emulate their rivals, who were promised a grand slam (25-13) by France’s XV who beat XV de la Rose last March: “I am not a specialist, but mentality and desire will be the basis for qualification, Scrum-half Antoine DuPont believes. The Blues know what they have to do and they are experienced. They have to be confident in themselves as the opposite side of English doesn’t give them any gifts. But they know that. »
“I will take care that no one advises. Mola adds. There is nothing bad except that we are in the presence of opposition of cultures, in such a situation, we should not respect our culture and what we can be good at. Just play your own rugby or your own football. This is the basis for key moments. »
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