April 15, 2024

Ntamack, problem with Dupont!

If all goes well for him and his club, Romain Ntamack will be back on the pitch in the spring, during Stade Toulousain’s final sprint in the Top 14 and Champions Cup. The 24-year-old opener is still rehabilitating his left knee, injured during preparations for the World Cup in France. Except for the match against Namibia, when he made the trip to Marseille, he had to watch the Wo…

If all goes well for him and his club, Romain Ntamack will be back on the pitch in the spring, during Stade Toulousain’s final sprint in the Top 14 and Champions Cup. The 24-year-old opener is still rehabilitating his left knee, injured during preparations for the World Cup in France. Except for the match against Namibia, when he made the trip to Marseille, he had to watch the World Cup from the sidelines. In a lengthy interview with the January 1st edition of Midi Olympique, Romain Ntamack talks about a number of subjects, not least his missed World Cup.

I think it would have been harder for me if France had won the World Cup. It would have been hard to close the scar… he admits. To tell the truth, I tried to project myself onto the idea that the French would be champions, because it would have been complicated for me. Even though I hoped they’d go as far as possible and that they’d win.t’s up to them to lift this Cup. Clearly, if they’d been world champions, it would have been the happiest day in French rugby but perhaps one of the worst in my life.

In the absence of Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont, the other star of French rugby, was overexposed during the World Cup, and the opener regrets this: I think Antoine was far too overloaded, in every sense of the word. He’s not an extraterrestrial, he’s a human being. Of course, he’s a great rugby player, but he’s been under a lot of pressure. He had a lot of weight on his shoulders. Antoine is someone who keeps a lot of things to himself, but we put too much on him and didn’t give him much relief in that respect.

Ntamack: We’re not pieces of meat

After the World Cup, Antoine Dupont quickly returned to competition, like his Toulouse colleagues, but this was not the case with GrĂ©gory Alldritt, who has taken a two-month break from his club La Rochelle. Romain Ntamack welcomes this decision, but regrets that only a long injury can allow a player to recover. If we all do it at Stade Toulousain, it means we’re missing ten guys for three months. It’s just not possible. So, the only way to recover and regenerate properly today is to be injured over a long period. It’s a shame. Everyone complains that there are too many matches, but many still want to add more or create new competitions. At some point, you have to listen to the players too. We’re not pieces of meat.

Finally, Romain Ntamack also talks about his future in this interview. Contracted to Toulouse until June 2028, he does not rule out a move abroad. It’s really hard for me to imagine myself wearing a jersey other than that of Stade Toulousain (…) I had mentioned Super Rugby, but there’s no way I’d be able to do that.ssi MLR in the United States, which could be of interest. My project will be either Australian or American. We’ll have to see whether the 2031 World Cup will provide the necessary infrastructure. If there’s a need to help American rugby a little, why not? The message got through.