Full name Raphael Lakafia
Born October 28, 1988, Tours
Current age 26 years 252 days
Major teams Barbarians, Biarritz, France A, Stade Français, France
Position No. 8
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 238 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||50.00|
|Test debut||France v Ireland at Bordeaux, Aug 13, 2011 match details|
|Last Test||France v Tonga at Wellington, Oct 1, 2011 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list|
Biarritz back-row Lakafia was rewarded with some spectacular club form with a place in the French national side for the 2011 World Cup.
Having grown up in the Biarritz academy, Lakafia had sport in his blood being the younger brother of Pierre-Gilles Lakafia and the son of former French javelin champion Jean-Paul Lakafia. After progressing through the French age groups - scoring a hat-trick against Japan in the 2008 Junior World Championships - Lakafia was eventually rewarded with his debut for the national side in their World Cup warm-up Test against Ireland on August 13.
And following an impressive performance - he will go to the World Cup as one of two specialist No.8's in the squad.