François Trinh-Duc

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François Trinh-Duc
Trinh Duc MHR vs RM 92.JPG
Birth name François Trinh-Duc
Date of birth (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Montpellier, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb; 187 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre
Current team RC Toulonnais
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 19 February 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008– France 66 (104)
Correct as of 17 March 2018

François Trinh-Duc (French: [fʁɑ̃swa tʁɛ̃dyk]; born 11 November 1986) is a French rugby union player for RC Toulonnais in France's top division of rugby union, the Top 14. Trinh-Duc's regular position is at fly-half or inside centre.


Trinh-Duc was born in Montpellier.

He started playing rugby at the age of 4 at the Pic-Saint-Loup rugby school near his native city.[1] There, he played with his future Montpellier team-mate Fulgence Ouedraogo. They both entered the club's youth teams at "Cadet" level (U-13/14) and are said to be inseparable friends.[citation needed]

With fellow Montpelliérains Louis Picamoles and Julien Tomas, he is part of a quartet of home-grown talents embodying the success of the Montpellier Hérault Rugby Club's attempt at "shaking up the old order" of French rugby in the Septimanie terroir which had always been historical rival Béziers's stronghold.[2]

He was called up by Marc Lièvremont to the France squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship,[3] and has played in all of France's matches in the competition to date.

Trinh-Duc's drop goal helped France beat England 19–12 at Eden Park[4] in quarter final in 2011 Rugby World Cup. He came on as a substitute for the injured Morgan Parra in the 23rd minute of the final against New Zealand. He set in motion the move that led to Thierry Dusautoir's try in the 47th minute and converted the try to make the score 8–7. With 15 minutes remaining and the score still at 8–7, France were awarded a penalty to put them in front for the first time, but Trinh-Duc's 48m penalty attempt was wide off the mark and the All Blacks went on to win the final.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Trinh-Duc (Vietnamese: Trịnh Đức, IPA: [ʈʂɨ̂ɲˀ ɗɨ̌k]) was noted as one of the first ever rugby players of Vietnamese origin to play for the French national side.[6][7] His paternal grandfather, Trịnh Đức Nhiên, was born in French Indochina,[8] migrated to France during the First Indochina War, and settled near Agen in Lot-et-Garonne. Nhien later married an Italian woman; Trinh-Duc's father, Philippe, being the product of this union.[9][fn 1]

International tries[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result (France-...) Competition
1. 5 July 2008 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  Australia
Test Match
2. 21 March 2009 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Italy
Six Nations Championship
3. 13 June 2009 Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand  New Zealand
Test Match
4. 21 November 2009 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Samoa
Test Match
5. 21 November 2009 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Samoa
Test Match
6. 26 February 2010 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales
Six Nations Championship
7. 20 August 2011 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Ireland
Test Match
8. 10 September 2011 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore City, New Zealand  Japan
2011 Rugby World Cup
9. 24 September 2011 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand
2011 Rugby World Cup


  1. ^ Photograph of Trinh Duc Nhien, from (see list for "Trinh Duc Nhien": la liste du memorial


  1. ^ "Old friends, new blood". Scotland on Sunday. 2 March 2008. 
  2. ^ Cain, Nick (17 February 2008). "Montpellier shaking up the old order". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marty replaces Fritz for France". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "France shock England to advance to semi-finals". 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  5. ^ "All Blacks survive scare to clinch Cup". rugby World Cup official web site. 23 October 2011. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Trinh-Duc brings Asian spice to French league (AFP)". 15 January 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Trinh-Duc brings Asian spice to French league". Thanh Nien Daily. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Mixed blessings for first-five". The Dominion Post. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Trinh-Duc the face of French new wave, Brisbane Times, 23 June 2009

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