“I have a grudge”, the bitterness of Matthieu Jalibert

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Matthieu Jalibert is waiting! Union Bordeaux-Bègles have not played in the first half since mid-January. Today the UBB star has the green light to return to the pitch. However, that return will not take place until the weekend of April 24, meaning Matthieu Jalibert will not take part in the second leg of the round of 16 against Stade Rochelais.

His injury also deprived Jalibert of another important meeting: the 6 Nations Tournament, that wonderful experience for the blues who reached the Grand Slam. Withholding those emotions was very frustrating for the opener:

“I trusted the club doctor. Despite some embarrassment, we followed a protocol that actually wasn’t the right one. I ended up reverting to very harmless things every time, like the warm-up last time. I was frustrated, sad too “When you’re injured you ask yourself a lot of questions, you’re a bit lonely. Not to mention the many games I’ve missed with my club and team. de France. It’s very annoying. (…) Me had six recurrences! Four on the left thigh and two on the right thigh. You’re wondering (…) The doctor failed in his task. I hold grudges. He recognized it, he apologized, but the damage is done. I missed big deadlines, it’s very complicated to live, to accept.”

More than frustration, almost anger would be felt in the words of the first half, which also experienced that heartbreak of relapse as staff called him back and counted on him. A hard punch that required distance:

“The most difficult thing was my relapse in warming up against Pau in early March when the Blues staff told me that if I played again they would take me for the end of the adventure against Wales and England. It was over there. My morale got quite a hit. That’s why I went to Guadeloupe for a few days to work with a physiotherapist and above all to be away from all that. Christophe (Urios) understood it well. I was very upset. I had sick of it… to be polite. I had to escape, clear my head. I took a step back, I cut myself.”

Today, that dark period seems to be behind Matthieu Jalibert. Regarding the XV of France, which is not his priority today, he knows that Romain Ntamack has settled in 10th place and it couldn’t be more logical. The French group Matthieu Jalibert wants to find him, but everything in good time:

“Today I don’t see myself in France anymore. First of all, I want to come back to 100 percent. Being good in my body, finding my bearings, my level has not been associated with the French team but with my relapses. Nobody is irreplaceable. I’m part of the group and if I perform again I will come back. It’s part of the game. There are injuries, guys settling in, it’s up to me to come back. I want to find the blues again.


After several months without playing and with his injury and all his relapses being treated, Matthieu Jalibert can finally get back on the pitch. The first half trusted this period of absence, due to which he missed very important dates.

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