|Date of birth||May 7, 1981|
|Place of birth||Échirolles|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
|Professional / senior clubs|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|correct as of 1 March 2014.|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|correct as of 2 May 2013.|
Birth and Early Career
Born in the city of Échirolles, suburb of the south of Grenoble (Isère), Clerc first played rugby at FC Grenoble, helping them reach the Top 16 before moving to Toulouse in 2002, where he has played ever since. Clerc earned his first cap for France on November 9, 2002 against South Africa.
2007 to 2010
Clerc was left out of the French squad for the 2006 Autumn Internationals, but was called up as a replacement for Cedric Heymans for the match against Ireland during the 2007 Six Nations Championship. In a closely contested match at Croke Park, Clerc scored a last-gasp try to snatch a 20–17 victory for France.
Clerc was picked for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
He scored 5 tries during the first two games of the 2008 Six Nations Championship against Scotland and Ireland. In a post-match interview after the match against Ireland Clerc stated to the French TV channel France 2 that he "never would have been able to score a hat-trick if Shane Horgan had been playing." Horgan and Clerc have had a long rivalry and, unfortunately for Ireland, Horgan was unfit to play. In the 2007 RBS 6 Nations tournament Vincent scored a last gasp try against Ireland. In the last game of that series of games Vincent Clerc helped France to trounce Scotland to give them the title.
During the 2008 6 Nations, media attention focused on the final match of the tournament, where Clerc and Shane Williams would play as opposite numbers. Both had scored five tries so far in the tournament, but ultimately the match, dubbed as the "Big battle of the little people" was won by Wales, with Williams scoring one final try in the competition.
Clerc ruptured the ligaments in his left knee while playing for Stade Toulousain against ASM Clermont Auvergne in April 2008. He made his club comeback in December 2008, against Mont-de-Marsan, and was recalled to the national squad for the summer 2009 tests.
2011 to present
Clerc was selected in the squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, and was one of the stars of the tournament. He played every game for France and posed a constant threat on the right wing. He scored six tries for the tournament, three of them against Canada, to finish the tournament as joint top try-scorer with England's Chris Ashton.
On November 17, 2012, against Argentina in Lille, Clerc scored two tries to take his overall international tally to 34 tries, overtaking Philippe Saint-André to become France's second highest try scorer. France won 39–22. Clerc said after the match:
We got off to a bad start, which is a bad habit of ours. However, we fought back and turned it round after 15 minutes. We could have scored a few more tries but we will take this. Will I ever play again after passing Philippe's mark? I hope so but I will have to talk to him!
Life outside of rugby
Clerc is involved with the Toulouse-based charity Maison des Parents, which works alongside parents and their children, who suffer from illnesses and are being treated in Toulouse.
- "Fiche joueur Clerc Vincent - Statistiques en club". Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Fiche joueur Clerc Vincent - Statistiques internationales".
- "Clerc targets RWC berth". ESPN Scrum. 8 February 2007.
- "Ireland denied by last-gasp Clerc try". The Telegraph. 11 February 2007.
- Hamilton, Tom (24 October 2011). "ESPNscrum's RWC 2011 Team of the Tournament".
- "Clerc brace sees off gallant Pumas". 18 November 2012.
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- (French) Official Website
- Profile at ESPN Scrum
- Vincent Clerc scores the match-winning try against Ireland, 2007 on YouTube