David Skrela (born 2 March 1979) is a former French rugby union footballer. He most notably played for Stade Français and Toulouse in the Top 14 as well as the French national side as a fly-half or centre. He was renowned for his tackles and his kicking skills.
|Birth name||David Skrela|
|Date of birth||2 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Toulouse, France|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Jean-Claude Skrela (father), Gaëlle Skrela (sister)|
|Rugby union career|
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. 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. Skrela was injured in the opening game against Japan and withdrew from the tournament and replaced by Jean-Marc Doussain. France were beaten in the final by hosts New Zealand.
(Source: French Rugby Federation official website profile.)
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. He is married to Celine, and has a daughter and a son; Cabiro and Mathieu.
- European Challenge Cup: 1998
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