6 Nations 2024 – Dany Priso on his return to the France squad: “There is enough character in this team to get up to speed quickly”

To compensate for Red Wardi’s injury, France XV coach Fabien Galthié called up RCT mainstay Dany Priso, whose last appearance in blue dates back to November 2022, against Japan. Toulonnais said he was “excited” but swears he feels no revenge deep down.

How did you welcome your call-up to the France squad to prepare for the Scotland game?

William Servat called me yesterday (Saturday) evening. It was a nice surprise. I still regret it my friend Reda (Wardi) who got injured. Of course I’m happy about his injury, but I think about him because he gives his all every weekend and deserves his status. As for me, I am very happy to join the group. The French team is still a target for me.

Your most recent appearances came on the November 2022 tour, where you were overtaken by Reda Wardi to start against Australia in the absence of Cyril Baille and Jean-Batiste Gros. how did you experience it?

The coach is there to make decisions, I respect him. I’m here, I’m available. If I’m needed, I try to be there. I work every week to be in the field on the weekends. After that, I won’t hide from you that deep inside I felt disappointment. I would love to start this match against Australia. But well…

Yes?

During this November tour, I had the opportunity to be on the rosters for the matches against Australia and Japan. I had great times with this team.

How did you experience 2023 outside the France team?

I focused on my club. I had just arrived at Toulon, a club where the results were not what I had with La Rochelle. So I had this goal in mind.

Do you see your appeal to the France group as retaliation?

I have nothing to avenge, neither myself nor anyone. I know what I stand for on the pitch, I am one of the most used players at Toulon. This was already the case in La Rochelle. I try to always be available and to be my best when someone calls me. It’s the same with the French team. Besides, I’m looking forward to it.

You have sometimes been criticized for your scrum attire. Do you feel you have progressed in this sector of the game since your last stint in blue?

I cannot say that these criticisms were not justified. But you should know that I started rugby very late (17 years old). First I was dragged to the middle, third row. In short, I played where needed. And then one day, I must have been 20, someone said to me, “You should play tails”. I was playing at the Stade Français at the time. That’s how it started. Today I think I have progressed. When I played at La Rochelle, the scrum didn’t progress just because of Uini (Atonio). We all had a little to do with it.

A victim of a broken wrist against Ireland, the La Rochelle left-back from France XV will undergo surgery in the coming hours. https://t.co/vSOG8GQi25

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Do you think you have reached maturity in your position at 30?

My impression is that the RCT scrum has been going very well since last year. We annoy a lot of teams in this area of ​​the game. I feel good about this exercise. And if the coach calls me, it is because my work does not leave anyone indifferent.

Did you watch the French team’s game on Friday night?

Yes, I suffered with them. I have also heard criticism. The French team may have gotten people used to it badly. She has gained a lot of weight in recent years. Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go so well. Especially when playing with 14 against a team that was still world number one before the World Cup, it’s not easy. So everyone was surprised, especially the players. I’m sure they are most disappointed. But there is enough character in this group to bounce back from this defeat very quickly. I’m not worried about the rest of the 6 Nations Tournament. And personally, I’m excited about the idea of ​​joining the Marcoussis on Monday morning.

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