Marc Cécillon

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Marc Cécillon
Date of birth (1959-07-30) 30 July 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Bourgoin-Jallieu
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of March 19, 2007
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1976-1999 CS Bourgoin-Jallieu ()
Correct as of March 19, 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1988-1995 France 46 (38)
Correct as of March 19, 2007

Marc Cécillon (born 30 July 1959 in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère) is a former French rugby union player, who captained the national side on five occasions. He represented France from 1988 to 1995, with 46 test caps, including playing in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups. Cécillon, who played both number 8 and flanker, was known as the Quiet Man of French rugby.

In August 2004, Cécillon was arrested by French police for murdering his wife, whom he shot in front of 60 people at a party in Saint Savin (near to Bourgoin-Jallieu). A blood test showed that Cécillon was drunk. On 10 November 2006, Cécillon was found guilty of murdering his wife and sentenced to 20 years in prison, five more years than the prosecution had sought. The sentence was reduced to 14 years on appeal.[1] The French media heavily followed the case.

He was freed on parole on 7 July 2011.


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