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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 16th November 2009
4 months in and life is good

 It is now the 16th November and we have just got back together (last night) after having had a week off from training. We played 14 games on the bounce in the space of 12 weeks and the start to the season here has gone fairly well. We are where we want to be in the table (Top 6) and we know we could be slightly higher but for a couple of dodgy refereeing decisions!
 
Life over in France has been good but at times far from easy. I think the guys at the club find life so much easier than the wives and at times I do feel slightly sorry for them as it is very difficult for them to get into life out here; it's certainly not an easy thing to do anyway. Many of them don't speak French to a fantastic standard, if at all, and this can prove very difficult when practicing within a less forgiving public. Us lads can make some horrific howlers when we are talking but we can get them out of the way among our friends and colleagues at the club.
 
The rugby has been going well. We are starting to gel as a team and we are playing more expansive rugby now that we know each other much better as players. The start of the season was hard and we played a much more conservative game - probably a wise idea given the early season temperatures!! 
 
We have a very strong squad and sometimes you can look around in training and wonder how all of these players get game time! We seemed to have managed it and the lads that have played well when they have been given the chance have always been in with a shout. Coming from an environment where I was in a position where I knew that I could hope strongly that I would be playing every week it has been difficult at times to sit out and watch or come on from the bench but I knew this would be the case coming here. Hopefully, this may prolong my career and mean I can carry on into my mid 30's as I look after myself well and love the conditioning side of the game. I have started 9 games up until now and come on from the bench in another 3 so I have only missed out on 2 games this season which I can be fairly happy with. You just have to keep your head down, work hard every day, try to get better and enjoy what life brings over here.
 
Off the field my life is very different from back in the UK. My wife and I are playing tennis at the local tennis club 2 or 3 times a week and playing in some matches which is an interesting if not frustrating experience! We go bike riding in the nearby hills with the dogs and generally spend much more of our life outside. I love this and the things that we did back in Newcastle like going out at the weekends regularly do not seem to such a priority over here. We have been out a couple of times but nothing like the number of times we would expect to have been out in the UK. I like waking up at the weekends and feeling fresh to be honest! You can do much more with you weekends.
 
I have been fairly sloppy in updating this blog and am going to update it far more often from now on as the things that have been tying me up and stopping me from having the time have now been done.
 
Send in some questions if you like and I will try and answer them for you as much as I can.
 
Cheers for now.
Tom
 

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