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David Skrela (born 2 March 1979 in Toulouse, France) is a French rugby union footballer. He plays for the French national side and for ASM Clermont Auvergne as a fly-half or centre. He is renowned for his tackles and his kick.

David Skrela
David Skrela France-Wales-207.jpg
Birth nameDavid Skrela
Date of birth (1979-03-02) 2 March 1979 (age 40)
Place of birthToulouse, France
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Notable relative(s)Jean-Claude Skrela (father), Gaëlle Skrela (sister)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stade Français ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stade Français
Correct as of 2 February 2011
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–2011 France 23 (112)
Correct as of 24 November 2011

Skrela is the son of the famous French international rugby player and coach Jean-Claude Skrela. His sister, Gaëlle, is a professional basketball player. He is of Polish descent on his father's side. At his father's insistence, he completed a diploma in civil engineering at Toulouse's Institut National des Sciences Appliquées before beginning his rugby career full-time.Godwin, Hugh "Keys to No 10 rest in Skrela's hungry hands", The Independent, 11 February 2007 He is married to Celine, and has a daughter and a son. Cabiro and Mathieu "Carnet rose: Skrela papa". Stade Français official website, 4 March 2008 In tre years, he won the Heineken cup and The bouclier de brennus with Toulouse. On 11 May 2011 he was selected by Marc Lièvremont to participate in the next 2011 Rugby World Cup. The French coach underlined Skrela's skills and maturity. France were beaten in the final by hosts New Zealand.





Skrela, right, holding ball; France vs. Argentina, 7 September 2007

Skrela won his first full international cap for France on 30 June 2001 against New Zealand. He did not earn his second until six years later, when his performances for Stade Français attracted the attention of French coach Bernard Laporte. He was part of the 2007 France Six Nations and World Cup squads and played in many of the team's matches. After returning to his hometown club Toulouse he was again selected under new coach Marc Lièvremont for France's 2008 autumn tests.

(Source: French Rugby Federation official website profile.)

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