Six Nations Rugby | The cheese night and no phone helped the rebirth of France


Galthié and Ollivon were both part of the French team at last year’s World Cup, Galthié as assistant to Jacques Brunel and Ollivon at the start.However, their new status in 2020 allowed the Blues to start from scratch, and with three wins out of four in the Guinness Six Nations, the new regime had a good start.

It all started on the French Riviera in Nice in January and a training camp where the team really started to merge in preparation for an opening success against the World Cup finalists in England at first round.

In an interview with the AFP, Ollivon explained: “We must be humble and remember where we started in this first training camp in Nice. We have managed to do a lot of sport, but far from it too. We created a team that was very important to the work we had to do during the championship.

“Very quickly, we realized that something was being built. In Nice, we have created solid ties: we no longer feel like a national team, it’s a group of friends, as if we were in the same club together. There was a certain osmosis which allowed us to achieve very good performances. Without that, I don’t know if we would have achieved what we did. ”

When asked about a party where the team enjoyed a raclette in a chalet and where cell phones were banned, Ollivon added: “It’s good to talk about this evening. It was an important moment: there are only good memories of this evening. These are sort of moments that allow you to focus on a good week of training and produce a good game against England. ”

This is exactly what France did with 24-17 winners as Ollivon scored two tries at Stade de France, and they followed him up with home wins against Italy and away from home of Wales, a first championship success in Cardiff in a decade.

The winning streak ended in Scotland, but these two away trips were marked by tremendous French support, much to the delight of Ollivon.

He added: “It was incredible: in Cardiff, we felt like in France, in a stadium that we didn’t know but where there were only French people. It was one of the most powerful moments. In Scotland, I’ve never seen that: I don’t even know how long it took for us to enter the parking lot, there were so many people going back. It was amazing, the atmosphere around the stadium and inside. It pushed us, it really helped. ”

Ollivon was first named captain of the Six Nations Guinness, but last month Galthié said there was no reason to change his status.

And for Ollivon, the desire to continue is strong.

He added: “We are talking about the France team. It is the highest level for a rugby player and brings together millions of French people. Of course, I want to continue being part of this team. It’s obvious to me. “


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