” What mood are you in three days away when they take on world champions South Africa (Saturday, 9pm)?
There is impatience. We got off to a good start in the second game of a series (win over Australia, 30-29). From the start of preparation, we knew that this match against the Springboks was waiting for us. Now we can’t wait there.
Does the box play like going to the developer when you play in front?
Yes, it is a test match. It’s a choice we haven’t faced in a long time (summer 2018). It is good to face all the countries of the world on the chessboard to know exactly where you are. Challenging boxing is also a “step up” in terms of commitment, intensity and fight. It’s really going to crash. We already saw this against Ireland last weekend (19-16 loss) where it was too committed. We expect a lot of aggression. We know this, so we are preparing to respond to it.
“Over the years, South African second rows have been a benchmark for this position”
How do you see the South African second row?
For years, they have been the benchmark for this position. Not only because of the combat they put up with their opponents, but also because they are technically very skilled. For example, I’m thinking of Eben Etzebeth’s post-contact pass against Ireland, which was fantastic. They are very complete and physically impressive second tiers.
You played at 5 against Australia, whereas you usually play at 4. You didn’t feel particularly embarrassed…
No, I feel comfortable in this position of 5 even though the work is different. I like this versatility in both the second and third rows. I enjoy it.
What is the difference between playing 4 and playing 5?
In general, the 4 is more mobile, more athletic, lighter and plays more ball. 5 while theoretically heavy and beefy. He’s more there to break down tackles and make an impact in rucks. This is a slightly different job.
When a match is played at the velodrome, what changes?
This is a legendary stadium. I have already played there with Stade Toulouse against Toulon in the Top 14. It’s a special atmosphere, a unique stadium. We know that football is a very showy audience. This will help us in the last ten minutes. It might even make a difference. »
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