Maxime Médard (born 16 November 1986) is a French rugby union player who plays his club rugby for French club Stade Toulousain in Top 14 and France internationally. He can play as both a full-back and on the wing and is described by assistant national team coach Émile Ntamack as an "incredible talent" that, during the 2010–11 season, was finally "realizing his potential".[1] Medard is a two-time winner of the Heineken Cup and, in 2008, won the Top 14 for the first time. Also referred to as 'The French Wolverine.'

Maxime Médard
Maxime Médard 2016.jpg
Date of birth (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthToulouse, France
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb; 196 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Full-back, Wing, Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2000
2000–2004
Blagnac
Toulouse
()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004– Toulouse 315 (525)
Correct as of 15 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008– France 63 (73)
Correct as of 20 October 2019

CareerEdit

ClubEdit

Médard began his rugby union career playing for local club Blagnac as a youth. His father, Alain, had previously played for the club in the 1980s alongside his uncle Francis. In 2000, he joined Stade Toulousain and spent four years developing. Médard achieved numerous honours as a youth winning the Gaudermen Challenge in three straight years from 2001–2003. In 2004, he made his debut with the senior team and, in the following year, turned professional. In his first year as a professional, Médard was a member of the Toulousain team that won the 2004–05 Heineken Cup. Toulouse defeated league rivals Stade Français 18–12 in the final match, though Médard was not part of the team that won the final.[2] Médard burst onto the scene domestically in the 2007–08 season primarily due to injuries to Vincent Clerc and Clément Poitrenaud. He featured regularly in the team that won the Top 14 that season. For his efforts, he was declared the Revelation of the Year by Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). He started the 2010 Heineken Cup Final as Toulouse defeated Biarritz.[3] On 5 September 2010, Médard scored the fastest try in league history since 2005 after scoring after 18 seconds against La Rochelle.

InternationalEdit

Prior to playing for the senior team, Médard was a regular international at youth level. In 2005, he was a member of the under-21 team that played at the 2005 Under 21 Rugby World Championship in Argentina. In the ensuing season, Médard won the 2006 edition of the competition that was played on home soil. He earned his first senior cap France in November 2008 during a test series match against Argentina. He appeared in subsequent test matches against the Pacific Islanders and the All Blacks. Médard's positive play within the team resulted in the player earning selection to the team that participated in the 2009 Six Nations Championship. In June 2009, Médard scored the late try that sealed France's first victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand since 1994.[4]

International TriesEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Result (France-...) Competition
1. 15 November 2008 Stade Bonal, Sochaux, France Pacific Islanders
42–17
Test Match
2. 7 February 2009 Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland   Ireland
21–30
Six Nations Championship
3. 21 March 2009 Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy   Italy
50–8
Six Nations Championship
4. 21 March 2009 Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy   Italy
50–8
Six Nations Championship
5. 13 June 2009 Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand   New Zealand
27–22
Test Match
6. 13 November 2010 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France   Fiji
34–12
Test Match
7. 5 February 2011 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Scotland
34–21
Six Nations Championship
8. 13 February 2011 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland   Ireland
25–22
Six Nations Championship
9. 8 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand   England
19–12
2011 Rugby World Cup
10. 26 February 2012 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland   Scotland
23–17
Six Nations Championship
11. 16 March 2013 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Scotland
23–16
Six Nations Championship
12. 13 February 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Ireland
10–9
Six Nations Championship
13. 17 August 2019 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France   Scotland
32–3
Rugby World Cup warm-up matches
14. 17 August 2019 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France   Scotland
32–3
Rugby World Cup warm-up matches

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

  Stade Toulousain

InternationalEdit

  France

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Averis, Mike (11 February 2011). "Six Nations 2011: France's Maxime Médard comes in from the cold". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Stade Francais 12-18 Toulouse". BBC. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Biarritz 19-21 Toulouse". BBC. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ Miller, Herman (13 June 2009). "Maxime Médard breakaway try earns France historic win over All Blacks". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2009.

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