Before going to challenge La Rochelle next week, the Stade Français is offered a trip just as delicate for this first day of the season. In Lyon, this Saturday (18 hours), Heyneke Meyer's men still intend to hit hard.
Mark the entrance shot. As Hubert Patricot summarizes, the president of Stade Français: "We start with hard, hard! In Lyon, facing the men of Pierre Mignoni, the Parisians are not going to have fun. "A lot of people say we're going to spank," says Ryan Chapuis, the young 21-year-old. We will be outsiders but we go to make a perf because we must mark the spirits of entry. "
Forward coach Dewald Senekal says Paris is moving "with great respect" and knowing "it's going to hit hard". But he points out that the away games say "a lot about the soul of a team" and he hopes that the Stade Français will find this weekend the recipe that allowed him to win six times out of his lands last season.
The pact of Angoulême. On the initiative of Fabrice Landreau, their Charentais sports director, the Parisians spent a week of training in early August in Angoulême. The stay in the capital of comics and currently French cinema has allowed Parisians to tighten their ties.
"It's rare to spend a week really together," explains Dewald Senekal. It helped us to discuss. For group cohesion it was very good. Sportingly, training with Adrien Buononato's SA XV Charente Rugby on the Chanzy Stadium pitch also proved useful.
While waiting for the new lawn. The public Jean-Bouin will have to wait for the arrival and Bayonne, September 7 (8:45 pm) to discover his team and the new synthetic grass. Players look forward to this new tool. "We were carrying a lot of our Racing friends, we ended up like them! Laughs Ryan Chapuis with reference to the Paris – La Défense Arena pitch.
The third line ensures that it is "a plus". Morne Steyn, the South African opener, who will stay at the club until November as a medical joker for Nicolas Sanchez before returning to South Africa, says he is "impatient" to walk on the pitch. "It will be fast, it will be fit to play on it," he says. But by then, Lyon and La Rochelle are on the menu.