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Follow the life of Everything Rugby team member Tom May as he begins life in the South of France with Toulon.
Monday 23rd November 2009
The Next Month or two.....

 The next month or so here in France for Toulon is big. We have just arrived back from a week or so break where lads were told to go away and forget rugby. I think we can safely say that most guys took the chance with some pleasure. There is nothing better than a mid season break - something that may only come in February in the UK when the Six Nations are on if players have not been picked for representative squads. However, coming back from this we had to face a very determined Brive side this weekend just past and we looked very rusty and could have and probably should have finished the game winning by a more convincing win than 19 - 10 but if you win when you haven't played particularly well then you can't really complain!!

This week coming we have Stade Francais away in Paris and then the following week we have Racing Metro, again away and again, in Paris. We need to get something from these games. We are now 5th in the league and have only just started to really know how each other play and develop as a team. I think we have a great opportunity this weekend at Stade as they are missing several key players who are either injured or on international duty and we have a near enough full squad to choose from, except for our Argentine contingent of Juan Fernandez Lobbe and Esteban Lozada. After these two games we have to games home and away against Rovigo in the European Challenge Cup, which I am sure we can win to help us continue our form in our group. 
This takes us up to Christmas where we have another week where we can go home. This is great! In the English Premiership you normally find yourself training on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day at some point which means that Christmas arrives and finishes in the blink of an eye. I am returning to Newcastle for the first time since I left in the summer and I am staying with my brother in law, Hall Charlton, for the Christmas period. I am flying back the Nice in the 27th December for training in the afternoon and then we have a game at home against Albi on the 3rd January. We have two games in a week with an away game against Clermont which will be very tough.
This next month or so can really set us up for the end of the season and it is great to be playing in a squad that is capable of really doing something within months of being assembled. We NEED points from both of the next two away games if possible and this is something we are very positive about doing. This should take us another spot up the league and then we can look to Rovigo and Albi as another set of games which we have to come away with wins from.
The public down in Toulon expect and the pressure comes from them through the coaches to the players, but it is not pressure we wouldn't put on ourselves anyway. As a group we set out our goals at the start of the season in Serre Chevalier on camp and we are heading towards those goals now and it would be great to achieve them so soon as a team.
Christmas is a great period for parties and seeing friends and families but as professional players it is also a time when we can take the team forward and really set ourselves up in a position for a great end to the season.


Posted by: , on November 23rd 2009 on 04:14pm
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