Champions Cup: Parra reportedly "preferred a foreign team" rather than Toulouse

After the victory against Wasps (25-27), Clermontois Morgan Parra still has reservations about the “conquest problems” of his team and regrets facing Toulouse in the quarterfinals.

If the victory against Wasps (25-27) “did good” to Clermont, to use the words of Morgan Parra, ASM still has to face many projects if it wants to win the Champions Cup. Opposed in quarterfinals in Toulouse this weekend, the club must in particular resolve its conquest problems, according to its experienced scrum-half.

“It’s not very nice, but we are in quarters”

“We had a lot of certainties before this trip to Wasps, Parra explained at RMC’s microphone. In the end, we had a hard time getting started, we were committed and we are doing well. Today, it’s not very beautiful, but we are in the quarterfinals, even if we suffered. ” The Clermontois came out miraculously, thanks to a test by Kotaro Matsushima in added time.

“In the past, we lost this kind of matches, we also won. Obviously, experience plays a bit. The important thing is that we did not give up, we held on until end “, satisfied the French international. “Now, rugby starts with the conquest and ours was average. We lost a lot of balls, we were approximate in the rucks phase …”

“The France team is over”

In the next round, the Jaunards will have a hard time facing Toulouse, current leader of the Top 14 and author of a feat on the lawn of Munster (33-40). “It is a very playful team, which has this madness of the game and exploits all spaces, with qualities in all positions”, he explains, while regretting having to face a French team from the quarters. “The European Cup has this particular flavor when you face British clubs … Now we have no choice. It will necessarily tighten, because all French clubs are in good shape.”

Asked about his future in the France team, when he has not been called since the arrival of Fabien Galthié as coach, Parra wanted to be “lucid”. “I have plenty of things to bring to Clermont, in the Top 14 and in the European Cup. But in the France team, it’s over and it’s quite normal. I do not pretend to say stop to the France team, but we must see that there are other people who deserve to be there “, he notes, while complimenting the hinge Antoine Dupont – Romain Ntamack,” the one of the best in the world “.


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