Stade Français had lost in the Top 14 quarter-finals to Racing 92 in the Parisian classic. After that defeat, Gonzalo Quesada wanted to show a new air for the players, on Monday, July 19, when training began.
“It was a very long week, we started very early and finished late. But it was a good start “, said the Argentine and added: “But it was a good start to the preseason.”
The rugby players noticed certain changes in the Jean-Bouin stadium. For example: the weight room exit was moved to a part of the covered synthetic field and a new lounge was made for the players, complete with computers. A dining room has been redesigned, more suitable for everyone to coexist. The Head Coach commented on this: “The club made many efforts to improve our daily life. The goal is also to bring new life, new energy.”
Despite the new news, eleven players will not be present for long weeks due to the commitments they will face with their national teams. Joris Segonds, Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Sekou Macalou returned from Australia. However, they are entitled to five weeks of leave. On the other hand, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera and Nicolás Sánchez are preparing for the Rugby Championship with Los Pumas. In addition, Melikidze will wear the Georgia jersey, Percillier that of Canada and Waisea for Fiji. Likewise, Leo Barré played the M20 Six Nations with the French team and Harry Glover is present in Tokyo with the British team for the Olympic Games.