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Romain Taofifenua: "I wanted to prove"


Present this Tuesday at a press conference, the Toulon second line of the XV of France returned to his very noticed performance, Saturday against the English.

Interview at a press conference

Are you aware of having released a big performance against England? 

I felt good physically.

I was very cool.

And I was keen to achieve a big game for the team and prove that I had my place in the group.

Is it complicated to be on the bench more often?

I started a lot on the bench.

This role also suits me because I like to finish matches.

But it's nice to start, like in a club.

On the pace, I wanted to prove that I could hold the match.

Do you think you have shaken up the hierarchy?

In the fall, we proved that the France group had great potential in all positions.

Anyone can start or be on the bench.

It's nice to be able to count on everyone.


It is a pride to be followed to the other side of the world


Your father, who is currently in Noumea, told how proud he was, and that of the New Caledonians, after your big match against England…

It is a pride to be followed to the other side of the world… I am very proud yes.

Over time, we can see that more and more players from the islands, New Caledonia and Wallis-and-Futuna, are coming to play in France.

The door is open.

I would tell all young people not to hesitate to take the plunge.

How do you live that the second-row players are more and more often put in the spotlight?

It’s nice.

This position has taken on a lot of importance in modern rugby.

Back pain forced you to leave the field at the time of play. How are you?

The back is better.

I recover slowly.


 Under what conditions can the XV of France win the Tournament?

On Saturday you receive a Welsh team competing for the Grand Slam.

Did you expect this performance from Wales?

We are not surprised that they are there.

We know perfectly well at what level of play they can evolve.

But we really want to make up for our loss in England.

And as we are also still in the race to win the Tournament, we will give everything to win this match.

In the second row will stand on Saturday Alun Wyn-Jones, the emblematic captain of Wales…

He is their leader.

He deploys a very large activity on the ground.

But, last weekend, there were other great players on the pitch.

This is the case in every team at my post.

So I'm not focusing on that.

The only thing that matters to me is the collective.

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