Welsh star Josh Adams wants Cardiff to show “fearless” in a odds-defying mission against European champions Toulouse on Saturday.
The Heineken Champions Cup clash will take place as 42 Cardiff players and staff are isolated at a hotel just outside London until next week.
The likes of Adams and Cardiff and Wales team-mates Tomos Williams, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies and Ellis Jenkins have not traveled to South Africa, which has become a UK Government redlisted country on last month because of new travel restrictions imposed following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant.
Cardiff, Scarlets, Munster and Zebre Parma all plan to play United Rugby Championship matches in the country, before eventually securing charter flights home.
The Scarlets, with 32 players currently under quarantine at a Belfast hotel, have dropped out of their Champions League tie against Bristol on Saturday.
But Cardiff will field a match on the 23rd that also features semi-pro and academy players as they face the French giants at Arms Park.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a scenario like this – boys stuck in other countries not being able to come home, being quarantined, it’s really a crazy scenario,” Adams said.
“I think it’s important that the players who are behind and haven’t come to South Africa just bring as much excitement for this week as they can and encourage the young academy boys who are training with us out. out and play together. not fear.
“There is no pressure on us – I’m sure people are expecting Toulouse to beat us – but in our inner circle we secretly believe we can cause problems for them. .
“Talking about being thrown to the bottom. These situations come up, and I know when I talk to these boys, they get excited, too.
“I said (to them) if you make a mistake, just go ahead, keep facing it, be naive and don’t care who you’re up against and we’ll try and deliver. giving you the best platform to showcase your talent. ”
While Cardiff’s assembled players start their business, their team colleagues and the likes of rugby director Dai Young will watch on television from afar.
Adams has been part of a biosecurity bubble with Wales and the English and Irish Lions this year, and he added: “There is no beating around the bush. Being in these bubbles is hard – being disconnected from the outside world.
“No matter how long we are there, the boys who participated in these bubbles in certain campaigns are making a lot of sacrifices.
“When you have small children – I am a father now – it makes it even more difficult. You know the time you’re spending with your family, especially when the players have young children.”
Cardiff academy director Gruff Rees will head the coaching staff on Saturday at the start of the European campaign that takes the Welsh side against English champions Harlequins seven days after facing Toulouse.
“Really, one of the exciting ethos for all of us involved is that the young players that will come in and make their debuts – the likes of Theo Cabango and Jacob Beetham – and thrive on it,” said Rees. crowd support.
“We really needed that 16th man mentality to get behind us, have a bit of atmosphere, promote a style of play where we wanted to play a good football game of the day, and I thought we were looking at that kind of opportunity.
“We will try our best to play a really good football. Speaking of strength through solidarity, we are all coming together – players, staff, supporters. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/josh-adams-cardiff-toulouse-south-africa-dai-young-b1971668.html Josh Adams urges fearless Cardiff in bid to challenge odds against Toulouse