“Confrontation”, “intensity”, “fight” … Charles Ollivon is on his guard against the “harshness” promised by the Irish team, Sunday in Dublin, in the Six Nations Tournament 2021: “It will be a big test, “said the captain of the XV of France.
How important is this meeting in building the team?
A: “Obviously it’s an important match for the whole France group. It’s a very important step in the start of the Tournament: we know how tough the Irish are so obviously, it will be a big test. prepared this week, we have worked a lot and we will have answers on the pitch. At the international level, everything is questioned every weekend, even more at the Aviva Stadium. It’s a big test for us. The Irish are going to put on a big intensity, a big confrontation, as they do every time they play. We are warned. “
How did you approach the absences of Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray?
A: “We know the quality of these players, their experience, their level. But we have studied Gibson Park and Burns well: they are two quality players, they are animators. They are a little different but they bring a lot of dynamism. . We saw how they play, they will create a lot of danger but we analyzed it well and worked on it well. We are preparing for a big game. “
Will the closed session have an influence on the meeting?
A: “This is the first home game of the Tournament for Ireland and they will be keen to show their valor and their toughness. We saw that. There will be a big fight, there will be public or not. They are going to play for their supporters. It’s going to be a fierce battle and we have to respond to that level of intensity. “