The winger of the French Rugby 7 team, Marvin O’Connor has just signed up for ASM Clermont Auvergne as the medical joker of Samuel Ezeala (operated on a fortnight ago for an insertion of the muscles hamstrings). After 9 seasons of Top 14 (Grenoble, Bayonne, Montpellier and the Stade Français) for nearly 150 matches, the explosive winger of France 7 Rugby (75 matches), Find the XV for a period of 6 months. Maintenance…
Marvin, what are your first impressions after starting training with ASM Clermont Auvergne?
It’s a great opportunity. It has been 3 years since I was with the France team at 7 after many years of Top 14. The situation on the circuit at 7 is still heavily disrupted by the epidemic with many tournaments canceled, there is not much visibility. In this context, Jono called me to suggest that I come to Clermont. Honestly, I didn’t hesitate for long. Joining a legendary club like Clermont does not happen two or three times in a career and it cannot be refused. I am very happy to be here!
The connection with Rugby 7 works well after the arrivals of Tavite (Veredamu) and JP (Barraque)…
Yes, they came right in the middle of the Sevens blockage. There, we will say that things are going a little better but Vancouver, Singapore and Hong Kong have just been canceled. It is a win-win opportunity that the leaders of rugby sevens understood and quickly validated. I take this opportunity to thank them.
What will be your goal for the next 6 months?
To show that I am still at the level of this competition and to restore the confidence that people have in me. To also show that Rugby 7 has done me a lot of good in developing my qualities. I took a lot of fun again and I hope to find some in the Top 14. I am sure that I will enjoy myself with this team and I hope that I could make a contribution to the building in this season by helping as much as possible. ‘team.
Jean-Pascal said last year that the return to XV required a certain adaptation with regard to physical condition may be destined to be more explosive at 7 and fundamental at XV… Did you speak about it?
Yes, it is certain that the preparations are quite different, the shocks also. But frankly I think there will be no problem. It is especially the automatisms in the placements and the adaptation to the game which will require small adjustments but I hope that it will be done quickly.
How long does it give you before it is operational?
I’m ready ! I starved to the idea of returning to the Top 14 pitches and wearing this jersey. I’m just waiting for that, as soon as I am given the opportunity to play, I will be there and I will give everything I have to help the team.
You have already played in this stadium, what does it represent to you?
Honestly, it is the most beautiful stadium in France, the one where everyone enjoys playing. I had the opportunity to come there quite often… I did not, however, win often! It is an exceptional stadium in terms of the atmosphere where the public makes noise and supports their team from start to finish. It is a legendary stadium, one of the great stadiums of Rugby and I can not wait: to have the opportunity to express myself on this lawn.
Clermont is a culturally oriented team towards the offensive which corresponds well to your player profile where you belong to have the opportunity to express yourself …
Yes I hope. ASM has always had this reputation for playing well and playing well. They finished last year with the best attack in the championship, the team has all the world class players in its lines, it is certainly very attractive for a player when you are offered to come and play here. I didn’t ask myself any questions, I jumped at the opportunity to play for ASM. I am very happy and very proud of it.