Full name Marc Cecillon
Born January 30, 1959, Bourgoin
Current age 55 years 264 days
Major teams France, France XV
Position No. 8
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 237 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1991-1995||5||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||2||0||60.00|
|Test debut||France v Ireland at Parc des Princes, Feb 20, 1988 match details|
|Last Test||South Africa v France at Durban, Jun 17, 1995 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Marc Cecillon was a No. 8 and flanker who was capped 46 times for France, including five as captain, playing in both the 1991 and 1995 World Cups. "He was a strong player who was generous in the field. In all of his career he never had a booking, he never played dirty, he was never given a punishment like others," Serge Blanco said. He continued to play club rugby until 2003.
However, he struggled to cope with life after rugby and he turned to alcohol in between taking on low-level coaching jobs. In August 2004 he shot his wife five times after she refused to leave a party with him and was sentenced to 20 years is prison, reduced to 14 years on appeal. He was freed on parole in 2011.