There is a wink in Marc Dal Maso’s eye when he introduces the new adore in his life. ‘My new fiancee,’ he says. ‘She’s not flattering but she has helped me. She will be with me until the end.’
It is a dark-humoured anxiety to the Parkinson’s illness which is degenerating his shaken system.
‘Sincerely, we was propitious to meet her. Without this disease, we wouldn’t have achieved what we have. My new fiancee is always right behind me. She has taught me to take on every event in life.’
Marc Dal Maso will be England’s new scrummaging consultant in the lead up to the World Cup
Dal Maso’s many new event was an invitation for cooking with Eddie Jones in Marseille. The Frenchman worked with Jones in Japan and, at the finish of the meal, he was asked to join England’s coaching group as a scrummaging consultant in credentials for next year’s World Cup. ‘We talked about scrums for two hours and ate seafood,’ he says. ‘Plenty of fruits de mer.
‘Eddie gets a bit undone with my English but the denunciation of rugby is like making love… it’s universal. It was discerning — fly, eat, fly — and he offering me an event which we couldn’t spin down.’
The former France hooker, 50, will change the role with his Toulon commitments. He will be in stay for the final week of January, before drifting over once a week by the Six Nations.
Dal Maso was asked to join the England group following cooking with Eddie Jones in Marseille
His illness, which he primarily kept secret from Jones, has not hindered his coaching career.
‘I take 15 tablets a day,’ he says. ‘9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and so on. If we don’t have my pills at the right time, we turn like a statue. My physique freezes. Is it scary? I’m not frightened of it. It is who we am and you adapt. we have an alarm on my watch to remind me, so we work as normal.
‘My truth on life has changed but my coaching is the same. we can still do lots of things. Anyway, I’ve always been… how do you contend in English… f***ed in the head… crazy! It’s zero new!’
His illness, which he primarily kept secret from Jones, has not hindered his coaching career
Dal Maso sat down to pronounce with The Mail On Sunday’s Nik Simon in the French city of Toulon
GRAND SLAM WINNER
2 – Number of Grand Slams won by Dal Maso as a player for France, in 1997 and 1998
All cut from a likewise individualist cloth, Dal Maso is an ideal manager for the likes of props Joe Marler, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Harry Williams and Beno Obano. Speaking over lunch, he analyses England’s scrummaging technique, using his knife and flare to represent their left and right feet.
‘Scrums are like Canada Dry and ginger ale; opposite but all the same,’ he says. ‘The Japanese have the best physique position in the universe given their players are much some-more flexible. For the English, it is a big advantage that all of the world’s referees pronounce in their language.
‘You need a good scrum to win the World Cup. If there are 22 Tests between now and the World Cup final, that could be 440 scrums. The last one could be the disproportion between winning and losing the World Cup. If you remove a scrum you remove a psychological battle.
He takes 15 tablets a day and if they are not at the right time his physique ‘becomes like a statue’
Dal Maso won two Grand Slams during his career as a player for France, in 1997 and 1998
‘England’s scrum is strong. After Toulon played Bath, we Skyped Neal Hatley and we spoke about Obano; very physical.’ He is in his element, verbally dissecting the set piece, shouting and joking, when Chris Ashton walks past. ‘Eddie’s No2?’ shouts Toulon’s banished English winger. ‘Meet the genuine England coach!’
Dal Maso is happy to answer questions about Ashton’s impact given his attainment from Saracens. ‘Chris scores a lot of tries,’ he says. ‘Our supporters like the Ash Splash. He’s good for us.’
There are other questions, however, which prompt a some-more rhythmical response. Such as the enticement to pursue a role with the French inhabitant group — whom he played for 33 times — over England. ‘That’s a good question. Ask me another day!’ he says, laughing.
‘It’s not a dream to manager France but, when England play in Paris, it competence be best if I’m discreet! It has been formidable for France. They have just fired their manager [Guy Noves]. Sometimes life is difficult.’
Dal Maso is an ideal manager for the likes of props Joe Marler, Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler
Also, as a former hooker, does he consider Jamie George should start forward of Dylan Hartley?
‘Sorry, we don’t know the question!’ he laughs. ‘Eddie’s crazy but he knows where he wants to go. That is his job. He will consider of an thought in his nap and arise up at 5am to write it down.
‘I demeanour at rugby like an ensemble. Who starts is not the many critical issue. How they mix to furnish the best outcome for the group is the many critical issue. Everything evolves.’
For Dal Maso, his own coaching career is still elaborating — despite the adversity of the medical bulletins. He is unapproachable of the past, focused on the benefaction and not overly endangered by the future.
‘I don’t worry about the future,’ he says. ‘Why would I? We’re all degenerative. Everyone is getting older, balder and slower. Maybe I’ve aged a little quicker but that’s what happens when your fiancee breaks your balls every day.’