Dimitri Yachvili

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Dimitri Yachvili
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Date of birth (1980-09-19) September 19, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 84 kilograms (13 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2002
2002–
Gloucester
Biarritz
18 (5)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002– France 59 (357)

Dimitri Yachvili (born 19 September 1980 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze) is a French rugby union footballer who currently plays scrum-half for Biarritz and France.

Of Georgian descent, his father Michel Yachvili was a French international before him. His paternal grandfather was a Georgian POW during WWII in France who escaped and subsequently participated in the French Resistance in the province of Limousin. Dimitri's brother Grégoire chose to play for the Georgian national team.

Yachvili made his international debut in November 2002 in a 35–3 victory against Canada.[1]

Since the retirement of Fabien Galthié, Yachvili has been in and out of the French starting 15.

During the 2005 Six Nations Championship he regained his position as the first choice scrum-half for the French national team, cementing his position with a virtuoso goal-kicking performance against England at Twickenham. He also captained the French national team, surrendering the captaincy permanently for the 2005 summer tour to South Africa, which he missed through injury.

He was considered the number two scrum-half behind Jean-Baptiste Élissalde in the French team who retired in May 2010.[2] He is now second to Morgan Parra in the national selection as of the 2009 Six Nations. He was omitted from the squad for the 2007 World Cup.[3]

He lost his second Heineken Cup final to Stade Toulousain in May 2010.[4] He was also part of the losing side in the 2006 final to Munster at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Yachvili was a member of the French team that finished as the runner-up to hosts New Zealand in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final.[5]

Yachvili has 2 children with his wife, Maider Yachvili Etcheverry

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