Romain Ntamack, the fly-half for Les Bleus, has alerted the rugby world about the excessive workload that professional rugby players face, particularly in comparison to the northern and southern hemispheres. He highlighted the numerous competitions and games that have been added to the calendar, calling for a more thoughtful approach to player management. Ntamack himself suffered a severe injury that ruled him out of the Webb Ellis Cup, but he believes that his long-term injury has allowed him to recover and regenerate. He expressed concern over the heavy workload on players and emphasized the need for more collaboration and consideration for the well-being of the players.
In other news, Quade Cooper recently had a disastrous debut for the Hanazono Kintetsu Liners in Japan Rugby League One, while the Kobelco Kobe Steelers, coached by Dave Rennie, faced a tough defeat against Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath. Meanwhile, Crusaders’ young player Jamie Hannah lauded Sam Whitelock and Scott Barrett for their mentorship. He is optimistic about making a big impact in the upcoming season under new Crusaders head coach Rob Penney’s guidance.