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John GriffithsJanuary 6, 2015
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Has Teddy Thomas become the fastest player to score a try in a Tier One Test debut? Paul Allen, UK

The Racing-M├ętro 92 flyer made a dream Test debut, crossing 42 seconds after the kick-off in the France-Fiji Test in Marseilles last November and going on to score a hat-trick in the 40-15 victory.

He is the fastest French scorer on Test debut and only the second Frenchman to grab a hat-trick in his first international. Rodolphe Modin (in his sole Test appearance) scored three against Zimbabwe in the 1987 RWC pool match.

The fastest try by any Tier One Test debutant is believed to be the score by Westoe's Fred Chapman for England against Wales at Twickenham in 1910 - the first international staged at the ground.

England's captain Adrian Stoop fielded the ball from the Welsh kick-off and surprised everyone by immediately launching an attack from his own 25 which culminated in a try by Chapman in the corner within 20 seconds of the start.

Fastest ten tries from kick-off in Tier One Tests

9s - John Leslie (for Scotland v Wales 1999)
10s - Leo Price (for England v Wales 1923)
13s - John Frame (for Scotland v England 1971)
16s - Breyton Paulse (for SA v France 2001)
17s - Fred Chapman (for England v Wales 1910)
18s - Elton Flatley (for Australia v Romania 2003)
19s - Mauro Bergamasco (for Italy v Scotland 2007)
20s - Pierre Berbizier (for France v Scotland 1986)
21s - Jean de Villiers (for SA v NZ 2004)
24s - Jonathan Webb (for England v Ireland 1992)

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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