Al Charron

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Al Charron
Date of birth (1966-07-27) 27 July 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Ottawa, Ontario
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 123 kg (271 lb)
School Hillcrest High School
University Carleton
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) retired player, assist in PR initiatives for Rugby Canada
current team Ottawa Irish (Social)
Playing career
Position Lock / Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Ottawa Irish
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997-2000 Bristol
Pau
Dax
Moseley
11 (0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1990-2003  Canada 76 (44)

Al Charron (born 27 July 1966 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a former Canadian rugby union footballer. He played 2nd row and all three loose forward position at club and international level back-row forward and was capped 76 times for the Canadian national team, the Canucks.In fact he also played briefly in a game at prop when his team was shorthanded after injuries and send-offs suffered by his teammates. He played club rugby for the Ottawa Irish (amateur), Bristol and Pau and Dax and also Moseley in England. Represented the Eastern Ontario union for many years winning the National interbranch championship in 1992 and winning the National provincial championships twice with Ontario in 1995 and 1996.

Charron was a favourite with the supporters of many of the European clubs he played for. While playing with Mosley and Bristol he was voted the supporters' Player of the Season for 1996/97 1998/99 respectively and was awarded the BBC West Rugby Player of the Year award in 1999. Voted on two occasions as Canada's outstanding player for the year.[1]

Charron was a vital member of the highly regarded Canadian forward pack that did so well at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, defeating Fiji and Romania and giving both France and New Zealand a hard time. He was the only Ontario player on the field against New Zealand, the others all coming from British Columbia. He scored a famous try to defeat Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in autumn 1993. That day he was playing out of his usual flank position, packing down in the second row for an injured Norm Hadley.

Managed to crack several international newspapers and magazines 1st team or honourable first XV selection following all four Rugby World Cups he participated in.

Noted for recovering from a severe knee injury to participate in the 2003 Rugby World Cup as the captain of Canada, his fourth Rugby World Cup tournament. Had a full reconstruction of his right knee in May came back to play four and a half months later. At the time he became only the second international rugby union player of any country to do so, the other being former team-mate and previous Canadian captain Gareth Rees.

National team record for caps (76), tied for most games captained (25). Appeared in a world 15 side with his Canadian team mate Rod Snow to celebrate Argentina's centenary. Has appeared a record 5 times for a Canadian wearing the British Barbarian jersey, scoring one try and in fact captained the side for a half on one occasion. Nine international tries (Wales, New Zealand, Romania, Australia, USA, South Africa, Tonga, Japan, Namibia).

Charron retired from international rugby union on Canada's defeat of Tonga in the 2003 Rugby World Cup pool match. Went to a fifth RWC as part of the Canadian national management team in 2007

Inducted into the Eastern Ontario wall of Fame, Ontario Hall of Fame, Ottawa Sports hall of Fame, recognised as being one of the top 100 athletes to come from Ottawa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Award For Big Al". Bristol Rugby. 6 December 1999. Retrieved 2008-02-19.