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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 27th July 2009
Life after 1 month......

 We are now settling in well and I am getting used to the new routines that take place out here in France both on and off the field. The day starts much earlier out here because of the hot weather and you really do need to have a quick 'power nap' in the afternoon to help you get over the tiredness before you train in the evening.
We played against Brive on Friday in our first pre season game and we came away from the match with a win! Only a 9 - 3 score line, not exactly a thriller but that was to be expected with both teams only having completed a few rugby sessions prior to the fixture. It was good to see Jamie Noon who came down with his new team but it was weird to be playing against him after 10 years pulling on the Newcastle shirt together!
French rugby is much more about physical intimidation and a team's ability to overcome the inconsistency of the refereeing! There were several decisions on Friday that were 'strange' to say the least. Phillippe Saint Andre has mentioned to us already that this is what to expect week in week out and just to get used to it but until you actually see the standard of refereeing for yourself you don't think it will be that bad - but believe me, I think it will be!
I played 40 minutes at the weekend and was fairly happy with the way things went on the wing having not played there for around 8 months. I didn't get the ball really in attack but tried to focus on my defence and communication which seemed to go well - I am sure I will be told at some point this week!
I am looking forward to training this week and getting more rugby under the belt as there is nothing worse than playing your first couple of games in pre season as they only seem to frustrate you. We have maybe four rugby sessions this week, some more gym work and some time to focus on individual skills which is great when you can do some kicking and it's not cold and raining or some passing when the ball isn't wet!
Roll on the next game which is on Friday against Racing Metro, again at home at the Stade Mayol. It will be good to see guys like Dan Scarborough and Epi Taione who are now both playing on Paris.

Posted by: , on July 27th 2009 on 09:30am
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