Christophe Dominici

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Christophe Dominici
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Playing for Stade Français in 2008
Birth nameChristophe Dominici
Date of birth (1972-05-20) 20 May 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Toulon
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing Three Quarter
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1989–1991 Solliès-Pont ()
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1991–1993
1993–1997
1997–2008
La Valette
Toulon
Stade Français
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?
142
?
?
(238)
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1998–2007 Flag of France.svg France 65 (125)
Correct as of 28 July 2008
Teams coached
YearsTeam
2008 – 2009 Stade Français

Christophe Dominici (born 20 May 1972) is a former French rugby union footballer of Italian origin. He played wing for Stade Français and France. He has been a coach with Stade Français since the start of the 2008/9 season and a board member since 2009/10 season.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport that 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 played between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at either end.

Stade Français Rugby union team

Stade Français Paris Rugby is a French professional rugby union club based in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The club plays in the Top 14 domestic league in France and is one of the most successful French clubs of the modern era. Stade Français was founded in 1883. It was founded in its current form in 1995 with the merger of the rugby sections of the Stade Français and Club Athlétique des Sports Généraux (CASG).

France national rugby union team national rugby union team representing France

The France national rugby union team competes annually against England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in the Six Nations Championship. They have won the championship outright seventeen times, shared it a further eight times, and have completed nine grand slams. Ten former French players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. France are currently ranked 7th in the World Rugby Rankings as of October 28, 2019.

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Club career

Christophe Dominici was born in Toulon and by his own account had a difficult sometimes turbulent childhood. He was outstanding at football and for a while was training with AS Monaco where he met with Lilian Thuram with whom he maintains a close friendship. However he decided to concentrate on the oval ball at which he showed exceptional talent and he was playing regularly for Solliès-Pont from the age of 16. He joined his home town side the RC Toulonnais where he was a regular for four seasons from 1993 to 1997. His form earned a move to Stade Français in Paris, one of the giants of the French club game where he played from 1997 to 2008. He was part of an era when Stade Français won five French championships and other honours. He joined their coaching staff at the start of the 2008/9 season.

Lilian Thuram French association football player

Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien is a French retired professional football defender and the most capped player in the history of the France national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008.

RC Toulonnais French rugby union club

Rugby Club Toulonnais, also known as RCT but usually Toulon; Occitan: Rugbi Club Tolonenc) is a French professional rugby union club based in Toulon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. A current participant in the first-tier Top 14 competition, they have won the national competition on four occasions.

International career

Dominici burst onto the international scene in 1998 with a try-scoring debut against England. The following year, he lit up the 1999 Rugby World Cup with his pace, particularly in the semi-final win against the All Blacks. But his career has not been without its setbacks, off-field problems forcing him out of the squad at times.

England national rugby union team sportsteam in rugby union

The England national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the nation of England. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. England have won the championship on a total of 28 occasions, 13 times winning the Grand Slam and 25 times winning the Triple Crown, making them the most successful outright winners in the tournament's history. They are ranked third in the world by the International Rugby Board as of 2 November 2019. England are currently the only team from the northern hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup, having won the tournament in 2003, and are also three times runners-up; in 1991, 2007 and 2019.

The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial international rugby union championship. It was principally hosted by Wales, and was won by Australia. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in the sport's professional era.

Dominici has a fine try-scoring record and grabbed four during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, but he had a nightmare moment in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against Italy when, having crossed the try-line, he dropped the ball when trying to put it down with one hand. He started all five of Les Bleus' 2005 RBS 6 Nations games.

2003 Rugby World Cup 5th Rugby World Cup

The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth Rugby World Cup and was won by England. Originally planned to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, all games were shifted to Australia following a contractual dispute over ground signage rights between the New Zealand Rugby Union and Rugby World Cup Limited. The pre-event favourites were England, regarded by many at the time as the best team in the world. New Zealand, France, South Africa and defending champions Australia were also expected to make strong showings, with New Zealand being second favourites after victory in the southern-hemisphere Tri-Nations championship.

2004 Six Nations Championship

The 2004 Six Nations Championship was the fifth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship to be held since the competition expanded in 2000 to include Italy. Overall, this was the hundred-and-tenth series of the international championship.

Italy national rugby union team sports team

The Italy national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the nation of Italy. The team is known as gli Azzurri. Savoy blue is the common colour of the national teams representing Italy, as it is the traditional colour of the royal House of Savoy which reigned over the Kingdom of Italy from 1860 to 1946.

Christophe Dominici won the last of his 65 caps for France in the defeat to Argentina in the World Cup bronze-medal match in October 2007.

He was quoted on his international retirement following his club side Stade Français 33–6 Top 14 home win over Montpellier on 5 January 2008.

'France, it is over for me, It has been a big part of my life. But at any given moment, you must know when to turn the page. There are other players who are capable of bringing something else to the team. It is a new beginning for France, starting with the objective in four years' time (the 2011 World Cup)'. He added 'If I am honest, I know that I will not make that.'

He appeared in each edition of the Dieux Du Stade calendar from 2001 to 2009, in many editions fully nude. He has also appeared completely naked in the Dieux Du Stade "making of" videos. His powerfully built, athletic and hairy physique; his rugged good looks; and his nonchalant approach to displaying his toned posterior and well endowed full frontal nudity, have made him a sex symbol. This is evidenced by the existence of a number of fan sites. [1]

In May 2007 he published an autobiography 'Bleu à l'âme' [2] It was not a conventional sports autobiography. In it he revealed that he had suffered severe bouts of depression following a personal loss and that he had been brutalised as a child.

Club and International Honours

Club

International Playing Statistics

Rugby World Cup Playing Statistics

2 Tries (2 v Georgia)

4 Tries (2 against Fiji, 1 v Japan, 1 v Ireland)

2 Tries (1 v Fiji, 1 v New Zealand)

Other

He was a contestant on the Third season of Danse avec les stars.

Autobiography

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References

  1. "irish-gay.com". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  2. Christophe Dominici: Blue a l'ame (2007) Published by Le Cherche Midi (French) ISBN   978-2749108582