How Toulouse are tackling the coronavirus pandemic

Drew Darbyshire

Toulouse president Bernard Sarrazain wants their fans to stay safe and remain positive during the challenging coronavirus pandemic.

France are in their second week of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 1,000 having died from the virus in the country.

Toulouse’s players are training from home while they are in lockdown so they can maintain full fitness.

He said: “The boys are professional and have adapted quickly. Before the total confinement, they came to the club one after the other to recover bodybuilding equipment which they took home.

“They follow a specific preparation set up by our performance manager Adam Innes, who did a monumental job to individualise the programmes.

“They are in constant contact with him, as with coach Sylvain Houles. The members of the staff exchange daily with each other and with the players, while waiting to know a resumption date.

“I have confidence in the players and the staff to resume this dynamic as soon as the Championship resumes, and thus give us all a smile after this complicated period.”

Sarrazain has urged everyone associated with the French club to remain positive during this testing time.

He added: “I have a special thought for our partners who must, like us, adapt to this extreme and unprecedented situation.

“I also associate all the people who work for the club on a daily basis – leaders, volunteers and educators – but let’s stay positive, let’s help each other from a distance and we will meet again soon to share some great moments.”

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