30 September 2015

Rémy Grosso — First Game With the XV de France

France's Rugby World Cup adventure continues with a match against 4th placed Canada this Thursday, October 1st at the Milton Keynes Stadium 70 kilometres north of London.

From what I've been hearing (radio, TV news), the odds are in France's favour, having already won their first two matches, first against Italy and then Romania (Canada lost first to Ireland then to Italy). And historically, the XV de France have beaten Canada in each of their last five meetings.

Rémy Grosso powers past an opponent
during the Rugby Sevens Tournament
in Lyon on 14 June 2015.
Joining the national team for the first time is Rémy Grosso, who plays wing for Castres Olympique in France's Top 14 league. Grosso was called up at the last moment to replace Yoann Huget who injured his right knee during the game against Italy.

Grosso is a powerful, explosive player — a "puncher" as he's been called by Philippe Saint-Andre, France's coach — who started playing rugby at the Rhône Sportif club in Villeurbanne next to Lyon. He eventually went on to play for
Lyon's pro team, the LOU (2008-2013) before joining Castres Olympique.

This past June, Grosso was one of a handful of players from the Top 14 to join France's national Sevens team to help them qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio. The Sevens team got their ticket to the Games after winning the July tournament in Exeter.

The kick-off for France's third match in this year's Rugby World Cup is set for 9:00 pm CET. Grab your popcorn and beer and hopefully, at the end of 80 minutes, we'll have something to cheer about.

Allez Rémy, and...

from wollux.com