Forfeited for the World Cup due to a serious knee injury, Romain Ntamack supported his teammates from his sofa. The opener was as sad as his teammates when they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against the Springboks. “At the end of the match, we say to ourselves that it’s not possible, that it can’t end like that, not now. I was dejected, stunned,” he confided this Monday morning to RTL.
The Toulousain, who is releasing his autobiography, Rugby in the blood, affirms that the Blues “deserved to pass the quarter”. However, he does not want to overwhelm Ben O’Keeffe, the New Zealand referee, believing that there are “many factors which would have made it possible not to rely on arbitration. It's part of the sport even when the decision is not in our favor. We were a bit unlucky. When it comes down to one point, it’s because a detail didn’t allow us to progress to the semi-finals.”
Romain Ntamack also spoke about Fabien Galthié, the coach, ensuring “that there is no debate on his future at the head of the France team”. He salutes “all the work done, everything he has contributed over the past four years. He’s the man for the job.”
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