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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Schoolgirl answer to French kicking woes?

French women's rugby posters...

Love 'em or hate 'em, they are always original, artistic, very French and just a bit different to anything Twickenham would ever produce - and the one promoting Wednesday's uncapped international in Marseilles just what we have come to expect.

I wait with baited breath to see what they will come up with for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014.

Anyway, France disposed of a strong Italian team with almost disrespectful ease, and may have unearthed someone who can kick in the form of Jessy Trémoulière - a late addition to the squad - who plays for  Elite 2 side Romangnat, and may have attracted attention when she single-handedly defeated Bayonne a couple of weeks ago with three penalties, a try and a conversion.

What is more, Jessy (who only turned 19 at the end last month) is rising through the ranks at a rate that can only be described as meteoric - she started playing the game two years ago, having previously had a promising football career. After taking part in a "fun come-and-try-it" session at school, her ability was spotted by her local club, Bonnefort. Attracted by a game that offered so much more (not least contact) Jessy was quickly hooked. Barely 6 months later she was winning the "Young Sports Hopes of Auvergne" award and talking about how her greatest ambition was to play for local Elite side Romangnat... no thought then that she might be pulling on an international jersey! Her only previous international experience prior to yesterday was warming the bench when France U20s played England in February.

Jessy - who has also been picked for the national 7s squad - played the first 60 minutes against Italy, slotting two conversions in five attempts, which may not be a fantastic kicking percentage, but particularly given her experience it is significantly better than more senior French players achieved last year, Whether it will be enough for her to hold her place we shall see - but chances are she will have a run out on Wednesday.

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