The rear of La Rochelle, back in the foreground after successful autumn tests, looks back on the healthy emulation and the new state of mind that reigns among the Blues.
How do you experience the special sanitary conditions of this internship in Nice?
Brice Dulin: We are lucky to have the hotel reserved for us. We have the sea, the sun that overlooks the terraces, it’s still quite pleasant. Afterwards, it’s true that it’s very formal, you have to wear the mask even in common areas. We are forbidden to leave the hotel and we must go only to bus training or weight training. But we are very well housed so, for the moment, apart from the fact that we are not allowed to go out, everything is going very well. You have to be careful to continue to stay in this bubble and to be able to continue working normally.
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What do you find in Nice that you don’t have Marcoussis?
It might be better to change the location a bit. It’s true that Marcoussis, all the French teams spend a lot of time there. There, this makes it possible to have a more pleasant climate for working in good conditions. We know that we have more time to do things separately or together. You might as well do it in more pleasant conditions. We know that sometimes in Marcoussis, it is a bit humid during this period. There is a risk of snow, we saw it last weekend. These pleasant conditions allow the body and the head to regenerate faster. Things put in place in Marcoussis could be transposed here. This change of air makes it possible not to always have the same thing and the same place. It’s a little novelty.
How are the sanitary conditions of this bubble in Nice different from those in a club?
Already, we will be tested twice a week. We were tested before we could take part in collective meetings. We are really isolated at the hotel, where the staff is also tested, there is only us in the structure. We travel with our buses to go to the training center. The weight room is disinfected and cleaned every day. Everything is being done to ensure that this bubble takes place in the best conditions for us. The thing we have to do is concentrate on our training, on taking information. Afterwards, on the little free time that we can have, we have a good time with each other. For the moment, everything is going very well, we will continue to be careful, hoping that all the matches of this Tournament can be played.
“I have a lot of fun on the pitch now, whether in a club or in the French team”
In what state of mind did you find the XV of France in November? Did you think it was over for you the France team?
I am very happy, quite simply, because there was a long time of absence (3 years, editor’s note). A new generation has arrived and created something extraordinary. I was happy to join this adventure. Like I say, I’m closer to the end than the beginning. But it’s true that it’s as much fun as the first time. Besides, the team has created something great, they are winning. I was the first to support me watching her. It was really nice to join a group that works and lives well. The opportunity presented itself, we will see what will happen.
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How did your arrival in La Rochelle boost your international career?
It’s hard to say … The sensations, I had personally rediscovered them last season just before confinement. Behind, there was the fact of arriving in a new team, to have with a cut long enough to be able to regenerate myself physically and mentally. We were lucky in the club to be able to continue because we had not been affected by the Covid, it allowed to pick up the pace, the confidence. Afterwards, we are there in the France team because we manage to get by with our clubs. The air path has surely done me good. It was the first choice when I arrived in La Rochelle. I’m having a lot of fun on the pitch now, whether it’s for a club or for the French team. The goal is to enjoy this as long as possible.
Your teammate in blue Gaël Fickou expressed his renewed pleasure in going to the France team. Wasn’t that the case before for you?
Of course, there is a huge amount of work that has been done with this generation that arrived before the last World Cup (in Japan in 2019). There is a new dynamic that has been created, a new way of working. Coming and working after a good performance is always easier than after the years of famine that we had known in the past. That’s all, the group is living well because there are victories, and so on … It has to continue, the work continues, the results follow. And that there is a constant progression so that everything that has been created is finally capitalized by better results. It is certain that something new has been created, there is a lot of pleasure in coming back to the selection.