The Stadium rose on the hour of play when the second line Richie Arnold came out. Arrived last January in Toulouse as a medical joker, he continued the adventure as a joker World Cup at the beginning of the season. Saturday night, it was time to say goodbye.
Arnold: "The title, I'll remember it all my life"
"I am a little sad to have played my last match with Toulouse but it was a very nice adventure. I'm just grateful to the club for making me discover the Top 14. Really a great experience, I loved every minute. My most beautiful memory will of course remain the title of champion of France. It was crazy in Paris and when we returned to downtown Toulouse with the fans. I will remember it all my life ", said Richie Arnold after the match.
Before going on: "The Top 14 and Europe have allowed me to evolve my game as a second line.The physical aspect of the championship really helped me grow as a player."
Yoann Huget: "This is his house, he comes back when he wants"
Yoann Huget, at the microphone of France Bleu Occitanie, did not miss to salute the implication of the Australian for more than ten months: "He's a champion, you can say what you want, he's part of the Stade Toulousain, and when you win something in Toulouse, you're part of a family. _It's his house, he comes back whenever he wants. We will welcome it with great pleasure_. For us, it was a real pleasure to play with him because he gave himself the means to join a collective in January, which was not easy. "
A possible return?
Richie Arnold will have played 22 matches in the jersey of Toulouse, including 19 as holder. He will now return to Japan, in his Yamaha Jubilo club. "We'll see what the future holds, I'll finish my contract in Japan. _Everything is possible for the future._"
His twin brother, Rory, will arrive this Tuesday in training. It is one of the key recruits of Stade Toulousain. "He'll be a very good player for the club, he's coming on Tuesday. I will stay a few days this week to accompany him and make the transition with the group, the staff also. He can not wait to be here, and I'm sure he will enjoy this experience. "