One of our regular features returns, with a closer look at the man of the moment, Louis Picamoles, who is returning to Frencg Rugby next season!
Picamoles is a rugby international player of French origin. Born of 1986, he about to start a contract with Montpellier Herault RC’s, that will come on as the France tour of 2017 is concluded. Picamole plays in a preferred position of number eight.
His club career started in 1999, when he was made part of the Montpellier youth-team squad and he has played for the club for a total span of ten years. He has put in 64 appearances till now at the club. He played his first match professionally in 2004 in October, when his club played against Auch. The last match that he played for Marseille was in May 2009, with his finale coming against Toulon.
In 2009-10 he played for Toulouse, making his debut for them in their narrow win against Montauban, which was to be the first of many victories he would enjoy with the club.
Picamoles hit the international radar in 2015 when he signed a deal to play for Northampton Saints and came to England, and finally tickets were available to see him in action via this site. He played for the club and took part in the Aviva Premiership matches with distinction. This was part of a three year deal that he signed with the club. Here he made quite an impression and gained man of the match awards three times consecutively.
2016-17 went well for him, as he bagged the Player of Season as well as Supporters’ Player of Season, Champagne Moment of Season and other awards as part of Northampton Saints. His form also led to a call up to the Full French national side for the Six Nations, where he proved himself as being capable to play under pressure.
He is moving back to former club even though there are two seasons left as per his contract deal with Northampton Saints. His former club has paid a substantial transfer fee to get this France international player back on their grounds. In the French national squad, he is a familiar face since he debuted in the year 2008. He was instrumental in the victory that their country obtained that year in 2008 Six National Championship.
There are certain players who are instrumental in getting certain victories for their teams. Camille Lopez, fly half from Clermont Auvergne was instrumental in helping the French reach the finals when the European Rugby Champions Cup final was played. The match had been against Saracens. However, recent news is that he will not be part of the team that is preparing for the tour of South Africa.
There is much to talk about Camille Lopez. For instance, how this twenty eight year old player has been instrumental in winning about 16 caps for the country. There is a final match coming up this Sunday where he would be participating. The match would be part of the Top 14 which would be played against Toulon.
As France rugby team gears up to play against South Africa, they are undergoing practice matches back at home. This weekend there was a practice match where they played against the Pirates. The Pirates Rugby club was able to play against France and the latter has used it as practice. The Pirates Rugby Club was honored to host the national team for the practice game. The national team is gearing up to play in a three Test series matches against the Springboks.
Of course the Les Chanticleers were able to crush the local club quite easily and players like Jonathan Danty were found to be tackling the ball around. For the Pirates it was a good practice as they got to play against the best team of France. There were sports blogs that cataloged the game, from the warm up session to how Rabah Slimani played for the national team.
Among the three countries that have placed bids for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023, France has put in a lucrative bid. They had hosted the tournament in years like 1991, 1999 and 2007. The country has several ultra modern stadiums that were given a makeover or renovated for the European football championship held last year.
Hence, these venues would prove ideal for hosting the different games if the bid comes through in their favor. The competing nations are Ireland and South Africa. The latter had failed past bids for holding the Rugby World Cup in 2019, 2015 and 2011.
France is said to have put in a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 along with countries like Ireland and South Africa. These countries have finished submitting formal bids. The final bid papers have been delivered to World Rugby and the winner of the bids placed will be announced by 15th November.
If you look at France’s history, they hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2007 as well as in years like 1999 and 1997. For South Africa the last tournament that was hosted by them was in 1995. Ireland on the other hand, has never staged the world cup tournament, but had staged international tournaments in the years 1991 and 1999.