State of affairs at Wasps, distinction between England and France for girls’s rugby… EXCLUSIVE Interview Quinze Mondial with Lénaïg Corson (half 1/3)

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We now have the prospect to speak at size with the previous participant of the XV of France Lénaïg Corson. All through this interview, the French returned with us on her latest information with the Wasps membership, but in addition on her plans for the longer term, linked each to sport and to a different space that’s expensive to her: Environmental Safety. We additionally talked concerning the profession of the French girls’s workforce over the past World Cup, and the evolution of girls’s rugby, in France as elsewhere.

On this first a part of the interview, Lénaïg Corson confides in her latest misadventure with the English membership Wasps, a membership she joined within the offseason however which has since been positioned in obligatory liquidation. An advanced scenario, however which didn’t taint the motivation of the French worldwide which explains why she wished to hitch England, and the variations she sees, within the promotion of girls’s rugby, in comparison with France.

“Right here, they’re superb across the” sport enterprise “and within the promotion of girls’s sport”

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Lénaïg, we all know that you’ve got been hit arduous by the disaster inside the Wasps membership (the membership was positioned in obligatory liquidation and needed to lay off its staff, together with the membership’s gamers, editor’s word). So first inform us how you’re, and the way you skilled this case.

After being solely a month and a half on the membership to play, I clearly didn’t anticipate such a turnaround! I had left with loads of ambitions, intentions, and in a single day, the monetary issues of Wasps arrived on the carpet.

Three days after arriving in England, I acquired, from my buddies, French articles which evoked the conditions of Worcester and Wasps. I then speak to the membership leaders who inform me to not fear, that options have been discovered and that the scenario isn’t as essential as in Worcester. So, I belief and I inform myself that it will likely be advantageous. Again in Paris for the Nuit du Rugby, individuals maintain speaking to me concerning the Wasps information and I reply that I’m properly knowledgeable however that everybody on the membership tells me that it will likely be advantageous.

On October 17, we study that the membership is positioned in obligatory liquidation however once more everybody remained constructive and we have been advised that options have been going to be discovered, that there have been three traders on the challenge and that the membership was going to be purchased. . Inevitably, I inform myself that I can keep on the membership. However I nonetheless requested to have a extra in-depth interview with the individual answerable for the ladies’s construction, who advised me very realistically that there was no more cash, that my visa was on maintain as a result of the Wasps now not existed. And since my wage got here from the male construction of the Wasps, all this put me off a bit.

I questioned if I used to be going to have the ability to keep on the membership, particularly since life in London is dear and you’ll’t dwell on love and recent water! I’m additionally going to announce that I’m leaving the membership however the excellent news for me is that I’m a participant who has a monitor file, who has attracted different golf equipment so I can bounce again elsewhere.

So you will have different avenues for the remainder of your profession, in England or elsewhere?

Sure. It is not official but, however it will likely be in England. I actually wished to proceed my journey on this nation as a result of I knew why I left: I used to be decided to expertise one thing new, to get out of my consolation zone. England stays a rustic not too removed from France, which permits me to travel.

I additionally wished to find the Anglo-Saxon imaginative and prescient which has all the time attracted me. Right here, they’re superb across the “sport enterprise” and within the promotion of girls’s sport. So I will attempt to take inspiration from what they’re doing right here to, why not in the future, see what will be reproduced in France.

So exactly, you now have the benefit of realizing two totally different techniques. What large variations do you see between the imaginative and prescient of rugby in England and the one we will have in France?

Lately, England have actually taken a step ahead. For the reason that 2014 World Cup, there was an actual momentum for girls’s rugby in France. Individuals are available massive numbers to the stadiums to see the France workforce. And the English have been a bit envious of this enthusiasm. They have been due to this fact impressed by what was properly accomplished in France. And right this moment, the England workforce has taken over as a result of there was the event of a world technique round girls’s rugby.

This technique took into consideration not solely the nationwide workforce but in addition the elite golf equipment, one thing that doesn’t essentially exist in France. We put loads of concentrate on the France workforce, with loads of promotion across the workforce and extra sources than earlier than. However in France, for the golf equipment, little or no is finished, when it comes to broadcasting matches on TV for instance.

In England, there’s a actual technique round elite groups, with Allianz as a sponsor of the Premiership which helps the championship to develop. We are able to observe the gamers of the English nationwide workforce in choice but in addition of their golf equipment. And this promotion of the championship additionally makes it potential to find different small nuggets.

The English league is, for me, some of the enticing on the earth, with Australian, New Zealand, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and even French gamers with me. There’s actual imaginative and prescient within the Premiership and the RFU (the English Rugby Federation, editor’s word) actually play the sport to assist with this growth. With a goal of 100,000 licensed gamers in 2025! It is bold, however it corresponds to the rising curiosity of girls in rugby. For the World Cup, for instance, I used to be stunned to see so many feminine journalists overlaying the occasion. There was an actual enthusiasm and it was taken significantly, opposite to what might be applied in France.

The remainder of this interview to find tomorrow on Quinze Mondial…

to summarize

We now have the prospect to speak at size with the previous participant of the XV of France Lénaïg Corson. Life in England, scenario at Wasps, evolution of girls’s rugby, setting in sport… the Frenchwoman shared her imaginative and prescient on many topics. To be discovered completely on Quinze Mondial.

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