Frédéric Banquet

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Frédéric Banquet
Personal information
Born (1976-03-24) 24 March 1976 (age 41)
Carcassonne, France
Playing information
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–95 Featherstone Rovers
1995–96 Sheffield Eagles 1 13 0 30
1996 Paris Saint-Germain 18 7 4 0 36
1997 Wakefield Trinity 18 16 7 74
2000–03 Villeneuve Leopards
2004–08 AS Carcassonne
Total 36 24 24 0 140
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–03 France 21 8 33 0 98
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–02 Castres Olympique
Source: [1][2]

Frédéric "Freddie" Banquet is a French former rugby football player who played professionally in France and England and represented his country at rugby league in the 1995 and 2000 World Cups.

Playing career[edit]

From Carcassonne, Banquet was an under-21 international for France when he joined the Featherstone Rovers during the 1994–95 Rugby Football League season. Initially signed on a one-month trial this was later extended to a long term contract.[3]

Banquet then spent a season with the Sheffield Eagles in 1996 before returning home to join new franchise, Paris Saint-Germain for 1996's Super League I. He played in the competition's inaugural match on 29 March 1996 when Paris Saint-Germain played the Sheffield Eagles in front of 17,873 supporters at Charlety Stadium. Paris won the match 30–24 and Banquet scored the first try in the new Super League competition.[4]

However, Banquet only spent one season with Paris Saint-Germain, joining Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1086) in 1997.[5]

Banquet later played for the Villeneuve Leopards and was part of their side the competed in the 2000 and 2001 Challenge Cups.[6] Villeneuve released Banquet to play for rugby union club Castres Olympique in the 2001–02 season before he returned to the Leopards.[7] Banquet later played for AS Carcassonne.[8]

Representative career[edit]

Banquet first represented France in 1994 when he was part of their 74–0 thrashing at the hands of the touring Kangaroos. In 1995 he played in four tests for France before being named in the teams 1995 World Cup side.[1]

He continued to appear regularly for France throughout 1996 and 1997. In 1998 he was part of the first ever full international played in Ireland and scored, and converted, an injury-time try to give France a 24–22 victory.[9]

He was again named in France's World Cup squad in 2000.[1]

Banquet was part of France's June–July tour to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand in 2001.[10][11] However, later in the 2001 season Banquet switched codes, joining a French rugby union club.[12][13] By 2003 he had returned to rugby league and played in all three of France's matches during the 2003 European Nations Cup.[1] He was part of the French sevens side at the 2004 World Sevens.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Frederic Banquet rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ Tim Butcher; Daniel Spencer. Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12. League Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-901347-24-1. 
  3. ^ Rovers turn to the foreign legion The Independent, 11 September 1994
  4. ^ Best matches of the last 10 years The Sun, 1 February 2007
  5. ^ Bobbie Wages War Again The People, 2 February 1997
  6. ^ Villeneuve enjoy the limelight bbs.co.uk, 8 March 2001
  7. ^ More news on Frederic Banquet rleague.com, 17 June 2001
  8. ^ a b France name squad for World Sevens leagueunlimited.com, 12 January 2004
  9. ^ Banquet spoils Edwards' appetite for game Ireland 22 France 24 The Independent, 5 November 1998
  10. ^ Frederic Banquet rugbyleague.co.nz
  11. ^ Battle-weary French maintain hectic schedule New Zealand Herald, 13 June 2001
  12. ^ France deserve better bbc.co.uk, 27 June 2001
  13. ^ Waite to be measured in Sella's market The Guardian, 26 October 2001