The third place of the French team at the World Cup in New Zealand is not pleasing to everyone. Jessy Trémoulière does not digest. She lived the World Cup in the shoes of a substitute. The rear with 73 caps only played one game from the start against Fiji in the pools (44-0), before grabbing a few minutes against Canada in the small final (36-0). Best player in the world in 2018, she did not appreciate the way coach Thomas Darracq dismissed her.
She said this Monday in an interview with L’Équipe: “I did not understand (why I played so little), she said. . Of the six games of the World Cup, I had two interviews with the coaches (coach Thomas Darracq and his assistants David Ortiz and Gaëlle Mignot). The choices were not justified. There was no honesty in our interviews, they reproached me but it was not at all constructive. They pointed out what was wrong, including a lack of speed. But they knew from the start that I wasn’t the fastest. »
“They were dishonest”
The 30-year-old continues a little further about the staff: “I blame them for a lack of respect. They were dishonest because there was no constructive speech at all. I have the feeling that my head has been put under water, to belittle me. Coming out of the interviews, I had the impression of being useless, of no longer knowing how to play rugby. I didn’t know, in training, where I had to improve to bring a little more. We were going a little blind. But, on and off the pitch, I have nothing to reproach myself for, I gave it my all each time. »
“Against Fiji and Canada, I did not fail, I tried to bring my experience and my know-how to the team, to be there for my teammates. Afterwards, unfortunately, the fact that I am a starter, a substitute or out of the 23, is the decision of three people and I have no control over it. “With such remarks, Jessy Trémoulière knows that his future with the Bleues is not going to get better. She does not close the door to future selections but it will be necessary before reconciling with the staff.
The FFR reacted with a statement on Monday: “Following the expression in the press of a player of the XV of France women making critical remarks against her management, the FFR wishes to specify that a debriefing and analysis work began the day after the competition with all the players in the World Cup. This work includes listening to all the players of the France group as well as the staff. It will be completed around December 20. The objective is to build an action plan which will be implemented from the beginning of next year to further improve the working and performance conditions of the women’s XV of France for the next Six Nations Tournament 2023.