Ollivon frustrated at Bayonne

Date published: February 21 2015

France number eight Charles Ollivon has hit out at his club Bayonne after he aggravated a shoulder injury last month.

The promising 21-year-old made his Test debut in November and was again included in the French squad for the Six Nations.

However he aggravated a shoulder problem by playing injured in a dead rubber in the Challenge Cup in January, and will make his return this weekend against Stade Français.

As a result he missed France's first two matches, and was again left out of the squad to prepare for the Wales match next week.

And Ollivon told Sud Ouest he should have said no when he was asked to play in the game.

"From the moment that the coaches make me a starter, I play. But it was a needless risk," he told Sud Ouest.

"This injury was tough to take, especially mentally. I took a week and a half to stop thinking about what I should have done rather than play that game, what it caused me to miss. I could have got ready for the Six Nations.

"I won't play injured any more. I was too kind. This injury never should have happened because everyone knew the state I was in.

"I was hacked off. The French coaching staff had showed a lot of trust in me: I was in the 30-man squad. But I've been able to move on thanks to all the messages of encouragement I've received. 

"I've been able to focus on helping Bayonne stay up, and maybe offering France something. It's a disppointment to miss the Six Nations. But I have to move on to my next objective, making the World Cup.

"I guessed that without  playing I wasn't going to be selected. I didn't check my phone like I had with the previous announcements. It was as though I already knew. I'm not yet at 100 percent so it makes sense."