Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Huget determined to make most of chances

Yoann Huget is hoping to feature against Australia on Saturday

France wing Yoann Huget hopes his new outlook on the game will help him overcome the disappointment of being forced to miss last year's World Cup because of problems with his country's anti-doping agency.

Huget, now with Top 14 club Toulouse after moving from Bayonne in the summer, failed to notify the AFLD of his whereabouts on three occasions when they needed him to give blood and urine samples and was hit by a four-month ban that ruled him out of the World Cup. Huget hopes to feature for France against Australia on Saturday with a new enthusiasm.

Huget told l'Equipe: "My approach has changed after suspension. I approach matches differently, with much more fun. I feel privileged whenever I play and I enjoy every moment because I know it can stop at any time. This has become my philosophy since my return."

Huget has also found a new lease of life under the coaching staff at Toulouse.

"When you are part of a team like Toulouse you really trust the coaches," he said.

"Last year, in Bayonne, the situation was difficult because of changes of coaches and my suspension. 2011 was a difficult year in sport and for me personally."

Huget hopes there will be no repeat of the 59-16 defeat France suffered to Australia the last time they visited Stade de France in 2010.

"Now we are preparing for another World Cup which is based on the long term and I hope that we can raise our level from what happened two years ago," he said.

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