Francois Trinh-Duc
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Full name Francois Trinh-Duc
Born November 11, 1986, Herault
Current age 35 years 187 days
Major teams Barbarians, France A, France Barbarians, French Barbarians, Montpellier, Racing Metro, Toulon, France
Position Fly-half
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 198 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2008-2018 66 41 25 93 9 6 5 7 34 30 2 53.03
Five/Six Nations 2008-2018 36 23 13 23 2 2 0 3 21 14 1 59.72
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 6 2 4 18 2 1 0 2 3 3 0 50.00

Career statistics
Test debut Scotland v France at Murrayfield, Feb 3, 2008 match details
Last Test Wales v France at Millennium Stadium, Mar 17, 2018 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

Montpellier fly-half Trinh-Duc made his international debut in 2008 Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield but did not make the shirt his own until the following year when he emerged as the first-choice No.10 after an extended period of rotation by coach Marc Lievremont.

The first player of Vietnamese origin to play for France, his career highlight to date came in against New Zealand in 2009 when he beat five tackles to score a sensational try as the French scored an historic 27-22 victory over the All Blacks in Dunedin.

In 2010, the gifted playmaker was an ever-present as France powered to the Six Nations Grand Slam and formed a fruitful partnership with scrum-half Morgan Parra. Given freedom to express himself by Lievremont, Trinh-Duc is a dynamic No.10 who prefers to pass or run rather than kick.

Trinh-Duc enjoyed a hugely successful campaign in the Top 14 in 2010-11 guiding his side to the final of the competition where they came undone against Toulouse. After impressing against Ireland in the second World Cup warm-up Test - Trinh-Duc will go to the World Cup as part of the France 30-man squad.

Once at the World Cup, Trinh-Duc failed to find the same form which saw him play an integral part in Montpellier's season but still looked to be the right man for the fly-half spot. Coach Marc Lievremont seemed to think differently as he opted to play Morgan Parra and Dimitry Yachvili at half-back for the majority of the tournament.

However, following injuries to the pair of half-backs in the World Cup final, Trinh-Duc came on as a subsitute and performed well as France came close to a famous win. But while Lievremont favoured other options at half-back, Trinh-Duc was named Top 14 player of the Year in November 2011.

He started playing the sport at the age of four at the Pic-Saint-Loup school near Montpellier, where he played alongside fellow future French international Fulgence Ouedraogo.

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Oct 11, 2014
Francois Trinh-Duc is stretchered off the field
Francois Trinh-Duc is stretchered off the field
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Dec 8, 2013
Montpellier's Francois Trinh-Duc goes for the posts
Montpellier's Francois Trinh-Duc goes for the posts
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Oct 21, 2012
Montpellier's Francois Trinh-Duc hands off Danny Cipriani
Montpellier's Francois Trinh-Duc hands off Danny Cipriani
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May 24, 2012
Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and coach Fabien Galthie
Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and coach Fabien Galthie
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