Holder this Sunday with the Barbarians against England, Charles Ollivon confided in Planet Rugby on his long absence while the XV of France won the 6 Nations Tournament, and on the expectation that surrounds the Blues a little more one year of the World Cup.
Failing to play the final phase of the Top 14 with Toulon (which finished 8th in the regular season), Charles Ollivon is playing a match this Sunday with the Barbarians, against England at Twickenham. On the sidelines of this prestigious meeting, the 29-year-old third line spoke at length to Planet Rugby, and notably returned to his injury in June 2021, when he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee, which deprived him of the brilliant season with the XV of France, of which he was the captain. “Injuries are part of a rugby player’s life. Of course, it’s never good to miss such a long period, but after my previous shoulder injury in 2017, I knew it would be a period of both frustration and self-reflection. I think it allowed me to approach this with a much more positive mindset, working on skill and fitness issues that you might not have a lot of time for in a typical scenario., and making sure I told myself that I had already overcome that. Now it’s an absolute pleasure to be back and building my form. »
Ollivon: “It all started in 2019 in Japan”
During his absence, the XV of France won the 6 Nations Tournament, with the Grand Slam at stake, but he does not feel bitter, on the contrary. “I’ve been so impressed with how the guys have developed over the past year. I guess that journey started in 2019 in Japan, where a lot of young players started bonding and also building our goals. This is not a group of 23, this is a much larger group of exceptional players who have added real depth to the team. We are not so much rugby players, we are a very close group of friends who share the same vision and share the same goals. Our friendships are everything – they bind and define us, we celebrate our successes together and we face setbacks together. Our wish is to improve every day in everything we do: to be better players, better people, and to share and celebrate those improvements together. In my absence, François Cros and Anthony Jelonch were really incredible on the flanks for France”.
Ollivon: “The wait is crazy! »
With this victory in the Tournament, France, second in the World Rugby ranking behind South Africa, has established itself as a very credible candidate for victory at the 2023 World Cup, which it will organize. And Charles Ollivon assures that the Blues will be able to cope with this pressure. ” We know the pressure that awaits us and every day we have more pressure, the wait is crazy! But we don’t question it, we embrace it and refuse to question the things that make us doubt. Absent from the XV of France since the defeat against Scotland in the last match of the 2021 Tournament, Charles Ollivon will be back during the Japan Tour in July.
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