The Blues of the XV of France received a visit from a reigning Olympic champion coach this week. Laurent Tillie, titled last summer at the Olympic Games with the French volleyball team, spent a few days in the world of ovality.
Laurent Tillie “spent a few days with us”, explained his rugby counterpart Fabien Galthié after the victory of the XV of France against Japan (42-23).
“It’s knowledge, on a worked set, on a fact of the seminars of coaches together: there was Laurent, Guillaume Gille (coach of the French handball team, editor’s note). We followed each other on a daily basis and he came to see us in Tokyo two or three days ago. We did what we call a sharing of experience and today he is with us, ”assured the coach of the XV of France.
The former receiver-attacker thus spent several days with the rugby players, he was seen on the edge of the lawn before the kick-off of the Toyota meeting. “I am thrilled,” assured Laurent Tillie for his part.
“I read in The Team that they were out of quarantine. I too was trying to get a place to see the match and Fabien said to me: ‘no, no, come on Wednesday, come to Tokyo!’ (…) He made me talk about my experience as a player and coach, very nice evening. Afterwards, I spent the whole day with them, from the briefing to the match, it was extraordinary”, he further detailed.
“We are used to the same style of breakdown of the day, it’s pretty much the same but it’s interesting to see a briefing with 40 players and 30 staff members… Seventy people, that’s all different fact. »
“We are more commando-minded. It is also interesting to see the speaking time he gives to all his assistants, he delegates more because we cannot control everything with this number, ”added the volleyball player, based in Osaka, a little more 500 kilometers from Tokyo.
Laurent Tillie, 58, is now a coach in Japan, at the Panasonic Panthers after leading the Blues between 2012 and 2021.
Under his leadership, the French volleyball team notably won the 2020 Olympic Games and the European Championship (2015) as well as the World League (2015, 2017).
Fabien Galthié’s Les Bleus are currently on tour in Japan and won the first of their two games against the Brave Blossoms.