Full name Francois Trinh-Duc
Born November 11, 1986, Herault
Current age 27 years 311 days
Major teams Barbarians, France Barbarians, French Barbarians, Montpellier, France
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 202 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||6||2||4||18||2||1||0||2||3||3||0||50.00|
|Test debut||Scotland v France at Murrayfield, Feb 3, 2008 match details|
|Last Test||France v Italy at Stade de France, Feb 9, 2014 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.