McAlister loving life with Toulouse in Top14

Toulouse’s former All Black fly-half Luke McAlister says that even though he played a pivotal part in his team’s Top 14 victory over Agen he is not the club’s saviour.

McAlister was expected to be part of the All Blacks rugby world cup squad but missed the call for the TriNations and the world cup even though many think he should really be at the world cup as back up for Dan Carter.

McAlister scored two tries and returned a points tally of 19 as the French champions managed a last-gasp 24-23 weekend win over Agen to go third in the table, then revealed that he is enjoying his game – while keeping in close touch with the All Blacks’ progress.

“I am enjoying Toulouse, enjoying to play the game. I am enjoying myself, it makes it easy coming into the team,” said McAlister of whom back row clubmate Yannick Nyanga said Sunday that “his place is at the World Cup.”

McAlister proved he was there in spirit in answering reporters’ questions Monday about his impression of the All Blacks’ 37-17 win over France which had already sparked a reaction from him when he tweeted how France centre Maxime Mermoz’s over the top celebrations at scoring a try had been ‘shameful’.

“New-Zealand did pretty well in the first half. A few injuries in the second half. France came back stronger then,” said McAlister before switching back with obvious enthusiasm to his club commitments.

“I liked the way of the welcoming (to Toulouse). The boys were good to me, the coach is really good.

“It is easier to understand French culture and to exchange with my partners. My French language is improving slowly, I’ve picked up a few words with the boys, but it is hard because they speak pretty fast”.

McAlister added: “The moves are in French so I have to learn quickly how to pronounce them.

“The weather is good, so you can use the ball a little bit more. Obviously, when winter will come, it will be a little bit different.

“In terms of how we play, when it’s pouring rain it is more difficult. In Bayonne (Top 14 opening match), it was difficult. I haven’t been training with the team, I was not expected to play this game, it’s only because Beaux (Lionel Beauxis) got injured that I played.”

But McAlister said he had settled in well as “the boys make it easy for me. They are very helpful, the club has been very helpful. Coming to a new country nothing, you know I came with two bags… then my family.”

Even so his thought do stray to what might have been at the World Cup.

“When people ask would you rather be in the World Cup, playing for your country, I would say yes, but I am very happy here in Toulouse.

“It’s hard. The guys on form in the Super 15 have played good rugby. These guys are doing their job.”

“I’m just happy, I’m enjoying myself, I enjoy my rugby which is what I have not done for a while. Plus winning is also good.”

On his Twitter account on Monday McAlister stated: #lovinglife !!! The French way.

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