11 January 2019 - 17h28
Currently in the Principality, Jacques Brunel, head coach of the France national rugby union team, will participate in the training of AS Monaco Rugby prime team tonight, before meeting the members of the rugby school tomorrow morning.
He is a prestigious guest. Last night at the Carabiniers station, Jacques Brunel, head coach of the France national rugby union team since December 2017, was facing a hundred people invited to an evening hosted by one of AS Monaco Rugby’s partners. If no questions were asked about his list disclosed the day before for the Six Nations, the Gers-born was on the other hand effusive on various topics, from his role at the head of the French selection to the evolution of the Monegasque club. He defines rugby, the sport he has cherished since his childhood, as “learning to live together, respect and discipline”. “At the 2015 World Cup, the English are quickly eliminated. It’s a humiliation. After their last defeat against Australia, they waited at the entrance of the locker room to applaud the winners. It requires a terrible control of their emotions. Perhaps, this is the trademark of rugby”, he likes to tell.
Participation in training
At the end of this speech, Jacques Brunel was given a jersey of ASM Rugby, with the number 65 printed at the back of it as he will celebrate his birthday on January 14th, from the hands of Thomas Rique. The evening also marked the reunion between the former Italy coach and Luciano Orquera, former fly-half of “Squadra Azzurra”, who has been leading the Monaco prime team alongside Sylvain Masson since last summer. Jacques Brunel will participate tonight in the final training of the prime team competing in Division Honneur. Ranked second in this championship, AS Monaco is preparing the shock against the SMUC, currently 1st. The match is scheduled on Sunday at 3pm at the Stade Prince Héréditaire Jacques de Monaco. As for the boss of the French rugbymen, he will visit the rugby school tomorrow morning, then return to Paris to prepare the Six Nations, one of the last rehearsals before the World Cup in Japan next September…
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