Morgan Parra

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Morgan Parra
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Personal information
Full name Morgan Parra
Date of birth (1988-11-15) 15 November 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Metz, France
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 77 kg (12 st 2 lb)
Club information
Position(s) Scrum half / Fly-half
Current club ASM Clermont Auvergne
Youth clubs
Years Club
Metz
Dijon
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2006–09
2009–
Bourgoin
Clermont
44 (41)
Representative teams**
2008– France 51 (288)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only and
correct as of 18 October 2013.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 18 October 2013.

Morgan Parra (born 15 November 1988 in Metz, France) is a rugby union player who plays as a Scrum half and occasionally Fly-half. He plays for Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 after signing for them from Bourgoin. He is of Portuguese origin.

Career[edit]

Parra started playing rugby aged four for Metz. He made his debut for France aged 19 as a replacement against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations Championship, making his first start for France in a defeat to England at the Stade de France. Parra's strength is his keen decision making and tactical game, allied with a surprising turn of pace. He is also a front-line goal-kicker, having taken on the mantle at Test level.

At club level he came to prominence with Top 14 strugglers Bourgoin, before moving to heavyweights Clermont Auvergne in 2009 replacing stalwart Pierre Mignoni and striking up a strong partnership with Australian fly-half Brock James.

In 2010 Parra was instrumental in guiding France to a Six Nations Grand Slam. He was picked partly after Julien Dupuy who was first choice in the 2009 autumn internationals was banned for eye gouging. After being paired with the equally youthful Francois Trinh-Duc at halfback he produced a number of masterful performances, including a rout of reigning champions Ireland at the Stade de France.

After the Grand Slam his fame and popularity rose in France, and is popular not just at his club but a darling to the French media and public.

International tries[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result (France-...) Competition
1. 12 March 2011 Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy  Italy
21-22
Six Nations Championship
2. 10 September 2011 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore City, New Zealand  Japan
47-21
2011 Rugby World Cup

Style[edit]

Parra directing his forwards

Parra is known as a particularly vocal leader of the pack and is known in France as the petit général. He is a reliable kicker.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beware the petit general". allblacks.com. Retrieved 8/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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