Zapping World Fifteen Interview Rémi Bonfils: Captain in the French team?
Last season, Jerome Kaino swapped his Stade Toulousain player outfit for that of a player. Within the Pink City club, the former All Blacks star is now in charge of skills work.
In an interview with Midi Olympique, Jerome Kaino took charge of this new life at the club where he is still learning. It gives a great lesson in humility for someone who shone as a player, especially on the jersey of the New Zealand selection.
I still feel like a “rookie”. Especially when I see the experience of the guys by my side who have been at the club for years. I’m still a little shy, I need to learn…
(…) It’s a new career, another story. The most important thing is that I feel very comfortable within this framework. My eyes, ears and mind are wide open in order to develop myself as much as possible. I am aware that I need to make progress in speaking French.
(…) If Stade Toulousain wants to keep me, which I hope, I would like, over the next five years, to stay and assess as a coach within this club. I feel so good at the Stade and in Toulouse. I want France to be my home for many more years. If it were possible, that would be great.
In Toulouse, for Jérôme Kaino, the story was good as a player and it obviously continues to be so as a coach. The New Zealander even draws parallels between the Toulouse institution and that of the All Blacks. The comparison is flattering for the Haute-Garonne club!
The two are very similar, there are real similarities. Already, they share a rich history and a strong culture of winning (…) There are so many expectations to be met for these two teams and that, every year. The requirement must be maximum. It creates the same atmosphere. The All Blacks, like Toulouse, are at the top of the mountain, and suddenly everyone wants to bring them down.
Last season, Jerome Kaino swapped his Stade Toulousain player outfit for that of a player. A new life that suits him perfectly within a club where he flourishes.
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