“We approached these three tests as a final phase of the World Cup”, underlines Ollivon

In the absence of Antoine Dupont, suspended, Charles Ollivon will regain the captaincy of the XV of France against Japan on Sunday. “A great honor,” said RC Toulon’s third row on Saturday.

You take over the captaincy for this match. How do you live it?
Charles Ollivon : Being a captain is always a great honor. Afterwards, whether as a simple player or as a captain, the most important thing is to give 200%. There are a lot of great leaders in the team. It allows us to refocus on the collective and on the objective of continuing to win matches, to turn to the World Cup-2023. This is what prevails.

After beating Australia (30-29) and South Africa (30-26), do you fear a natural relaxation against Japan, a more affordable opponent on paper?
We approached these three matches as a final phase of the World Cup, with a quarter, a half and a final. Japan is like a final, we prepared for it the same way. We are all very proud of our first two matches against Australia and South Africa, but all the teams are progressing. We saw Japan pull out a big game against the All Blacks (38-31 defeat at the end of October). For us, the motivation is all found: simply continue to win matches and move towards our goal by raising our standards on a daily basis.

“We play in Toulouse, a rugby city. There are a lot of enthusiasts, fervor among the supporters. It’s a pleasure. »

After Marseille, you will play this Sunday (2 p.m.) in Toulouse. How do you experience these relocated matches?
Everyone is delighted to have been able to play in Marseille last week, there was an incredible atmosphere. Here we are in Toulouse, a rugby city. There are a lot of enthusiasts, fervor among the supporters. It’s a pleasure. I was there in 2016, everyone had a blast. The group was as happy as possible to come here and it’s the same this time. What emerges from the group is the pleasure and the joy of coming here, where there is a lot of passion.

Have you recharged the batteries after the debauchery of energy against South Africa?
We had one more day of recovery in the week already, since we played on Saturday and we play again on Sunday. It’s important, because we had Sunday and Monday off before switching to preparing for Japan. A whole day is not nothing to recuperate. We are ready.

Statements taken at a press conference