Top 14. “This year we will need a great Joshua Brennan to see a good Toulouse…”

In 3 games this season, Joshua Brennan has almost played as much as he did all of last season. (© CM, for Rugby News)

Quickly, a number sets the scene: 192. This is the number of minutes that Joshua Brennan has played (already) this season with the Stadium of Toulouse. This is almost as much as in the whole of the previous financial year, where in 13 games he has accumulated 222 minutes of play, proof above all that the 20-year-old has taken on a completely new dimension within the Haut-Garonne club, for which he passed the his father, Trevor (between 2002 and 2007).

Above all, he enjoys great confidence among the Rouge et Noir as the club has decided to bet on him to improve. the retirement of the imposing Joe Tekori i the departure of Rory Arnold. Inevitably, it touches him: “It made me happy, because I felt that the coaches trusted me. I try as much as possible to fill the void left by both”, answers, a little shy and in a small voice, Joshua, born in Dublin, and selected successively with the French teams U16, U18, U19 and U20 (he was captain) . ).

First stay in the Top 14 against Bordeaux-Bègles

Calmly, and also taking advantage of Thibaud Flament’s ankle injury during preseason training, Joshua Brennan (1.99m; 114kg) took the starting jersey on the first day of the Top 14, and a trip to Bordeaux-Bègles (won 25-26). ). “All this happened to me suddenly,” admits the affected person. “I wanted to see how I was going to be in a starting situation. I was really looking forward to that.”

I could see And to see that he has been able to keep up the pace, he who has already played 2 full games this season. “Change to chain meetings, I was in a development phase the last few years, and I think it was to prepare for this transition to pro.” From now on, it is up to you to take on this change in your personal situation. He points to the success of the match sequence as one of his axes of progress, as well as “the sequence of tasks during a single match”.

Thuery: “He is reaching physical maturity in a very tough position”

Of course, it has to grow. But he just has it 20 years. The potential is there, that’s for sure. “Joshua is young and obviously needs to work on the palettes of his game. I am thinking especially in the conquest sector. In contact, he will take on more and more weight and responsibilities. He will discuss all this with Jean (Bouilhou). We know that with the ball he is able to stay upright, to move forward. He is on the right track. He is also reaching physical maturity in a very tough position. He has to be very attentive to his recovery, to chaining because a the season is very long. He must be careful with this, and we will give him good support”, analyzed the defense coach Laurent Thuery.

Joshua Brennan (Toulouse) during his first term in the Top 14 against Bordeaux-Bègles.
Joshua Brennan (Toulouse) during his first term in the Top 14 against Bordeaux-Bègles. (© Icon Sports)

Mauvaka: “He loves to fight”

Reliable in the defensive field, very present in all the obscure tasks, Joshua Brennan, like his father, is not one to escape. “He loves the fight. He’s aggressive, and that’s good for the team. It’s good that he’s getting game time, it’ll allow him to gain confidence,” said the international hooker. Pedestrian Mauvaka.

Thuery continues: “Joshua has been training with us for several seasons, we’ve seen him evolve, and this year, we count on him a lot. Between his friendly in Toulon and the first games of this season, he was a boy who responded with his natural qualities, which are commitment, activity and movement. We are very happy with him.” And the coach of the defense of the stadium dropped this little sentence: “This year we will need a great Joshua Brennan if we want to have a good Stade Toulouse…” The proof that there is a great expectation around Benjamin del Brennan .

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