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Top 14: RC Toulon dreams of a new start


A new manager (Azéma), the return of long-injured leaders (Serin, Parisse)… The Toulonnais, only 12th, expect a lot from these changes.

Twelfth in the Top 14. Two small points ahead of the promoted, Perpignan and Biarritz.

The start of the RCT season was largely missed.

Only three victories in ten days.

And a poverty in the game which led to the departure of manager Patrice Collazo, replaced by the former Clermontois Franck Azéma.

It is up to him to give the field a boost and comfort in the standings.

Big wait, therefore, before leading his first meeting at home.

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I don't feel nervous, it's more of a good pressure than playing Mayol, Azéma dodges. I like having this feeling: the desire to present oneself and to do well. It's always the case before a first date that you don't want to miss it, whether it's with a fiancée or whatever. The first date, you have to get it right. So I hope that we will present ourselves well and that we will commune with the public. This is what I expect from the players. This is what we look for when we are a coach and a player: to master this emotion and to benefit from it too. This is why we do this job. I expect a lot from this meeting…

I have seen things appear in collective attitudes that are interesting



Franck Azéma

A momentous meeting - a new defeat at home would further extinguish the slim hope of a comeback - which the RCT also addresses with newfound strength.

Shoulder operated this summer, Baptiste Serin should make his comeback this Saturday Sergio Parisse, operated for a scaphoid fracture in September, has resumed collective training (but it will be too tight for this weekend), and most of the fall internationals (Isa, Nakarawa, Wainiqolo, Gros, Villière, Gigashvili, Takulua and Timani) are on deck, with only South African second row Eben Etzebeth enjoying a week's rest.

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Men therefore to believe it. But also progress in the game. Franck Azema worked hard during the international break to boost the morale of his troops. With success according to the new Var manager. “

I have seen things appear in collective attitudes that are interesting. I like them and I can't wait to see them in a match because it is not a guarantee

”, confides the ex-Clermontois. Who assures to have noticed "

enthusiasm within the group

". A new state of mind which coincides with the return of two bosses to training: Sergio Parisse (still too tight for this weekend) and Baptiste Serin. "

These boys have leadership in the group, experience and, inevitably, it is beneficial to the team.

It's a good thing to find them since the start of the week.

The more the team grows, the more confidence we will build


Franck Azéma takes everything in hand.

It's a new chapter that begins.

We are going back to something new.


Raphael Lakafia

So it is a new-look Toulon which is setting off to attack a new block of ten meetings? Raphaël Lakafia thinks so. ““

The first block was sportingly complicated and complicated in the minds. You had to cut and put that behind to try to get back to the front. We have the feeling of moving on to something new

, assured the third-line of the RCT Thursday at a press conference.

We see some faces again, we see guys

(the internationals, Editor's note)

come back with a smile because for the most part they have won big matches and that feels good. We hope that will pull us all up. And now there is Franck Azéma who takes everything in hand. It's a new chapter that begins, yes. We are going back to something new. Everyone wants to put even more and move forward. That's really it: everyone wants to do well to start again.


The vice-captain gives the key to a recovery after a disastrous first third of the season. “

First, rediscover sensations and pleasure. That's what will make us win matches. When you start to feel good again, that confidence returns, on Monday you come back with a smile. We ask ourselves fewer questions, everything is done more easily and we go up the rankings.

Full-back Gervais Cordin is on the same page. "

It's not a new season but it's a new part of the season that we have to start in the best possible way to catch up again quickly and gain the maximum confidence in the coming weeks to catch up the season. It is still long, so there is cause for optimism.


He also insists on the returns of Serin and Parisse.

Lately, we lacked a leader in our team.

Baptiste Serin is going to do a lot of good because he is a leader in the group and in the game. He is in a key position, he takes decisions as best he can and he will bring stability and consistency to the game. our game. Sergio Parisse is a leader, a player with a lot of experience and selections.

Everyone listens to him and everyone follows him.

It will change a bit in the consistency of the team.

It would be nice because time is seriously running out.

Source: lefigaro

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