Fulgence Ouedraogo

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Fulgence Ouedraogo
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Full name Fulgence Ouedraogo
Date of birth (1986-07-21) 21 July 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Weight 15 st 4 lb (98 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Montpellier
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005 – Montpellier 197 (75)
Correct as of 25 August 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 ‐ France 39 (10)
Correct as of 1 October 2015

Fulgence Ouedraogo (born 21 July 1986 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) is a French rugby union player.[1][2] He currently plays for Montpellier Hérault RC in the Top 14 championship. His usual position is as a flanker.

Ouedraogo started playing rugby at the age of six, meeting future teammate François Trinh-Duc at the Pic-Saint-Loup rugby school near Montpellier.[3] They both entered the club's youth teams at "Cadet" level (U-13/14). The two are said to be inseparable friends.

Ouedraogo and Trinh-Duc, together with fellow Montpellierains Louis Picamoles and Julien Tomas, are considered part of the young quartet of home-grown talents embodying the success of Montpellier's attempt at "shaking up the old order" of French rugby in the Septimanie terroir which had always been historical rival Béziers's stronghold.[4]

Ouedraogo is the current captain of Montpellier, and was a key player in the club's outstanding 2010–11 season. He fractured his hand in the 26–25 semi-final win, causing him to miss the final,[5] which was won by Toulouse.

International career[edit]

France coach Bernard Laporte acknowledged Ouedraogo's outstanding club form by including him in France's mid-year Test squad for a two-game series against the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2007. Ouedraogo made his international debut as a replacement in the second test in Wellington,[6] but ended up not making the cut for the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. He was later called up by new coach Marc Lièvremont for the 2008 Six Nations Championship.

Ouedraogo was selected by new coach Philippe Saint-André in the initial 30-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship,[7] but was not chosen for the first two matches. He was later selected for France's 2012 Autumn Internationals, and was in the starting line-up for all three test matches.

International tries[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result (France-...) Competition
1. 14 February 2009 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Scotland
22–13
Six Nations Championship

Personal[edit]

Ouedraogo is a cousin of the famous MMA fighter and long-time UFC veteran Cheick Kongo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Rugbyman burkinabè, naturalisé français, Fulgence Ouédraogo 2012
  2. ^ L’international français Fulgence Ouédraogo veut valoriser le rugby burkinabè 2012
  3. ^ "Old friends, new blood". Scotland on Sunday. 2 March 2008. 
  4. ^ Cain, Nick (17 February 2008). "Montpellier shaking up the old order". The Times. London. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Montpellier's Ouedraogo to miss final". ESPN Scrum. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rugby Union – ESPN Scrum – New Zealand v France at Wellington". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "France add Attoub in squad for Six Nations opener". 26 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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