Jamal Fakir

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Jamal Fakir
Jamal Fakir.jpg
Fakir while playing for France in 2008
Personal information
Born (1982-08-30) 30 August 1982 (age 34)
Fes, Fès-Boulemane, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–03 Villeneuve Leopards 3+
2006–14 Catalans Dragons 175 19 0 0 76
2014 Bradford Bulls 16 1 0 0 4
2015– FC Lézignan 13 2 0 0 8
Total 207 22 0 0 88
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–14 France 30 4 0 0 16
2009 Morocco Morocco 2 2 0 0 8
As of 23 August 2015
Source: RLP itsrugby

Jamal Fakir (born 30 August 1982 in Fes, Morocco) is a Moroccan-French[2]rugby league player for the Bradford Bulls club in the European Super League competition. A fiery, strong-running second-rower.

Fakir caught the attention of Super League and French rugby union sides before the Dragons' entry into Super League in 2006. After a strong debut season in Super League, Fakir's progress has been hampered by two serious knee injuries, firstly a ruptured patella tendon sustained in late 2006, and then cruciate ligament damage sustained in May 2007 which ended his season.

Jamal Fakir representing France in 2008.

Fakir was named in the France training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[3] He was named in the France squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

Fakir became a Moroccan international in 2009.[5]

He agreed to switch codes in May 2010 to play rugby union, and intended to join Castres Olympique on a one-year deal at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season.[6] In addition to his deal with Castres he also had interest from Scottish club Glasgow Warriors.[7] Fakir however reversed his decision and decided to stay with the Catalans for a further three seasons.

Capped for France against New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup group play round 2, coming off the bench to make an impact in the loss.

On 3 April 2014, Fakir signed for Super League team Bradford Bulls,.[8][9]

He played in the 2014 European Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragons Catalans". web page. Dragons Catalans S.A.S.P. 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Kear, John (21 March 2006). "Scouting report: Jamal Fakir, Catalans Dragons". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  3. ^ "France dominated by Dragons". Sky Sports. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ "France name official squad". RLWC2008. 24 September 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ http://www.rugby-league-world.com/2000/WorldCup/emergingnations/squads.htm
  6. ^ http://www.sportinglife.com/rugbyleague/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=rleague/10/05/14/RUGBYL_Catalans.html
  7. ^ "Fakir opts to stay with Catalans". BBC News. 1 August 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.superleague.co.uk/article/29888/bulls-land-fakir
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-league/26869517

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