Thomas Ramos: “I used to be a bit naive”

Not so long ago, Thomas Ramos was the guy who threw all the balls back. He was beautiful, daring, always spectacular, but he could also turn against his team. Toulouse’s hinterland also didn’t make the rapid progress he no doubt hoped for in the French team. He chained some selections (19 to date) of course, but mostly as a substitute.

And then came that November tour where team-mate Melvyn Jaminet’s injury and a brilliant start to the season with Stade Toulousain catapulted him to the top of the country’s defender hierarchy. Defending champions against Australia, then again against South Africa, Ramos had two excellent games, both in shots on goal and in the running game. And against Japan he should continue this Sunday (2 p.m.) at home in Toulouse.

“I’ve definitely matured. We’ll say that I’ve grown up a bit, that I’ve learned what the high level really was.”

“I’ve certainly matured he explains. Let’s say that I’ve grown up a bit, that I’ve learned what a high level really is. I used to be a bit naive. I was able to question myself, understand why I don’t play, work harder in a club. The high level does not allow you to do certain things that you can afford when playing in a club. You have to be aware of that, and it’s true that I may have taken some time for it. Today I reach an old age (27 years old) where I grew up That’s also what makes me feel good on the pitch. »

Faced with the wallabies and the springbok, we got the feeling he was super sober, focused on his result and reluctant to stray from the path the tricolor baton had charted. “We all had a plan and wanted to win these games above all. he remembers. When games are so close that you lead by just a point or four, one mistake or hazard can see you lose. If I have three balls and raise three times, I can put the team in danger. On the other hand, if I get the three times well and push the opponent back with footwork, I can on the contrary help to make the opponent crack. When you’re playing against big nations, it’s actually harder to get individual feats. So staying within a framework is just as good, although one should never take the opportunity to leave it if necessary. »

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