On French rugby players being tired

Diego Dominguez
Former Italy and Stade Francais fly-half
Tired? Tired of what? Tired because they have to put up with three hours of training a day and one match a week? What about a working-class guy who has to slog away 10 hours a day to feed his kids? A bit of dignity, please. It’s shameful. Professional rugby players are really privileged and they’d do well to remember that

16 thoughts on “On French rugby players being tired”

  1. “What about a working-class guy who has to slog away 10 hours a day to feed his kids? “

    Hmmm. Well, unless the ‘working class guy’ has a job that involves him getting his head pounded into the mud by a gaggle of 18st brutes…

  2. it may or may not be true that the demands of professional sport can start to degrade player’s performance. I don’t know how physically and mentally punishing being a professional sportsman is, but I certainly hear they exert themselves pretty hard.

    regardless, it has sod all to do with how hard other people, including working class laborers, work

  3. ‘Tired’ is a relative term.

    They mean, as Dominguez knows, ‘not at optimum levels for 80 minutes of international rugby’, when compared to other players from other countries who have (it is said) less gruelling domestic schedules.

    Interestingly, Saint-Andr

  4. I think you are being a bit flippant. The stresses on a professional sportsman vs an average Joe doing a 9-5 job are entirely different. A sportsman is as good as his last game. A bad game can weigh on his mind much more than a bad day at the office would. One bad game can lead to two, a slump in form, lost of selection to the national or club team, lost of earnings, loss of career.

    Most careers are either mentally draining, or physically draining, but not both. The man digging the ditch doesn’t have to worry about the health and safety paperwork, and the pitch for the next contract, and where the money is coming from to pay the suppliers and this months wages, or the client demanding the job be done yesterday. He just has to shift dirt for 8 hours. His boss has to worry about all those other things, but not physically labour. Whereas a sportsman (particularly a rugby player) has the intense physical training to endure, plus the mental stresses about the repeated tests (with every game) of his level of performance.

  5. ‘Tired’ is a relative term.

    They mean, as Dominguez knows, ‘not at optimum levels for 80 minutes of international rugby’, when compared to other players from other countries who have (it is said) less gruelling domestic schedules.

    Interestingly, Saint-Andr

  6. …didn’t just blame tiredness for the decline* in French rugby but also ‘an influx of foreign players’ which – for some strange reason, Diego didn’t address.

    *It’s all newspaper bollocks anyway. They thrashed the Aussies in the Autumn and came fairly close to winning the RWC a year ago. I wouldn’t be amazed if they turn England over on Saturday.

  7. I too think Dominguez is comparing apples and pears. I never worried much about whether I’d get selected for Tolpuddle RFC second or fourth team.

    But let’s not waste much charity on successful elite players. They are an elite and so should cope with the stress.

    My fear is that rugby goes down the wendy ball route. That is, take them young, build up their hopes, but not their education. Get them a couple of GCSEs in gym management, food hygiene or media studies etc regardless of their abilities. And then only take one in twenty to professional level.

    Some Gaurdjan analysis here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2013/feb/19/france-failure-saint-andre-six-nations

  8. ….What about a working-class guy who has to slog away 10 hours a day to feed his kids?…..

    He’s in jail for breaking employment law.

    This is France we are talking about.

  9. @Richard(#8): well true, if you are self employed then you potentially have both sides of the coin to deal with. But (as a self employed person myself) I would say that self employment is infinitely more rewarding than any other form of employment, and as such a self employed person is far less stressed than many employed ones anyway.

  10. Diogenes,

    Ahhh yes France, the bucoloic agrarian lifestyle. Growing grapes and making cheese in the sunshine. All made possible my generous subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy.

    Cuba was a communist paradise when it was subsidised by the USSR. Of course once the USSR fell apart it became the third world backwater that it ought to have been all along.

    Everytime I go to France I come away thinking of moving there as it is absolutely true that they have the whole lifestyle thing absolutely perfect. Then it dawns on me that it is an illusion funded by the taxpayers of other countries.

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