Cédric Soulette (born 30 May 1972) is a French rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the AS Béziers club. In the past, he also played for Toulouse and ASM Clermont Auvergne. His usual position is as a prop. He has also played for the French national team and was a part of their 1998 Grand Slam team. He was also involved in the IRB Rugby Aid Match. Whilst at Toulouse he was a replacement as they won the 2003 Heineken Cup.
France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.02 million. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.
Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.
Stade Toulousain, also referred to as Toulouse, is a French rugby union club from Toulouse in Occitania. Toulouse is one of the most successful clubs in Europe, having won the Heineken Cup a joint record four times – in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010. They were also runners-up in 2004 and 2008 against London Wasps and Munster, respectively. Stade Toulousain have also won a record 20 French Championship titles. It is traditionally one of the main providers for the French national team. Their home ground is the Stade Ernest-Wallon. However, big Top 14 matches along with Heineken Cup games are often played at the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse. The club colours are red, black and white.
Frédéric Michalak is a French rugby union footballer, who currently plays for the Lyon OU in the Top 14. His early career was spent playing for his hometown team, Toulouse, in the Top 14 and in the Heineken Cup. He moved to South Africa to play for the Sharks in the Super 14 after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but after just one year with the Sharks he moved back to Toulouse. He has also played over 70 tests for France to date, and is the country's leading Test point scorer, achieving that milestone in 2015. Michalak originally played scrum-half but has played mainly at fly-half. He has appeared in advertisements for companies such as Nike and Levis.
Yannick Jauzion is a French former rugby union footballer.
Cédric Heymans is a former French rugby union footballer. He is currently a coach with Toulouse after retiring from rugby with Bayonne in 2013. He started his club career with CA Brive before moving to SU Agen, where he stayed until the late 1990s, until signing with Toulouse. His usual position was on the wing, though he also started at fullback for France.
Florian Fritz is a French rugby union rugby player. His usual position is in the centre, and he currently plays for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14 club competition in France. Fritz has also played for France.
Clément Poitrenaud is a former French rugby union footballer. His usual position is at fullback but he also plays at centre. He most recently played for South African side the Sharks in Super Rugby, having represented Toulouse in the French Top 14 club competition between 2000 and 2016, and France between 2001 and 2012, including at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
David Skrela is a French rugby union footballer. He plays for the French national side and for ASM Clermont Auvergne as a fly-half or centre. He is renowned for his tackles and his kick.
Patricio Albacete is an Argentine rugby union player. He currently plays for Stade Toulousain in the top level of French rugby, the Top 14 competition. He has also represented the national Argentina team, including being a part of their 2003 Rugby World Cup squad. His usual position is at lock. He won the Top 14 in 2008 and the 2009–10 Heineken Cup. In January, Patricio Albacete announced on his official website that he signed a new 4 years deal with Stade Toulousain.
Jean-Baptiste Poux is a former French rugby union footballer who played as a prop, and was capable of playing loosehead and tighthead. Poux began his professional rugby career at RC Narbonne in 1998 before moving to Toulouse, where he was a part of the side that won the 2003, 2005 and 2010 Heineken Cups. In 2013, Poux joined Union Bordeaux Bègles. Poux has also played for the French national team, and was included in their 2003, 2007, and 2011 Rugby World Cup squads.
Émile "Milou" Ntamack is a former French rugby union footballer.
Grégory Lamboley is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14, the top competition of rugby in France. Lamboley has also played for the French national team. His usual position is as a lock or a flanker. Prior to playing for Toulouse he played for Massy. He made his debut for the French national team in 2005 in a match against Scotland. He was educated at the Lycée Lakanal in Sceaux. Whilst at Toulouse he helped them win the Heineken Cup in 2003 when he featured as a replacement.
Benoît Lecouls is a French rugby union footballer. He played for Biarritz Olympique in the Top 14 competition during the 2007/08 season, but has transferred back to Stade Toulousain during the close season. He usually plays as a prop. Prior to playing with Biarritz, Lecouls played for Toulouse and SU Agen. He has also played for the French national team, earning his first cap on June 28, 2008 against Australia.
Vincent Duport is a French professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League. He was previously playing for Toulouse Olympique in the Co-operative Championship. Primarily a centre but also used to playing in the back row and wing, he is highly regarded in France as a talented, if physically fragile, youngster.
Shaun Sowerby is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays for FC Grenoble in the top French rugby competition, the Top 14. Prior to playing at the Stade Ernest-Wallon he turned out for Stade Français Paris, who he moved to from the Sharks in South Africa. In the summer of 2007, he transferred to Stade Francais' rivals Stade Toulousain, where he greatly impressed.
Alberto Vernet Basualdo is an Argentine rugby union player. His position is hooker. He started playing in Buenos Aires for Asociación Alumni and for Toulouse in France four years; he also played for the Argentine national rugby team, his debut for Los Pumas was on December 4, 2004.
Yann Delaigue is a retired French international rugby union player.
William Servat is a French rugby union footballer who plays as a hooker for Toulouse in the Top 14 club competition. He has now retired from Rugby Union for France after a long and successful career. In February 2012, he announced that he would become forwards coach at Toulouse in the 2012–13 season.
Finau Maka started his playing career for Auckland Rugby Union and NZ age group teams. He played over 50 games for Auckland NPC Team and the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders before leaving to play for the Stade Toulousain club in French Top 14. Whilst at Toulouse he helped them win the 2003 and 2005 Heineken Cups, as a replacement in 2003 and starting in the 2005 final. He played in two Rugby World Cups for Tonga and was one of the stars of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2011 he led his country to beat France in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. France went on to almost beat the All Blacks in the final.
Maxime Médard is a French rugby union player who plays his club rugby for French club Stade Toulousain in Top 14 and France internationally. He can play as both a full-back and on the wing and is described by assistant national team coach Émile Ntamack as an "incredible talent" that, during the 2010–11 season, was finally "realizing his potential". Medard is a two-time winner of the Heineken Cup and, in 2008, won the Top 14 for the first time. Also referred to as 'The French Wolverine.'
David Gérard, is a former French rugby union player. He played as a lock.
Stanislas Robin is a French rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half or stand-off for Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Championship.
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