| Wenceslas Lauret|
June 12, 2010
| 1.88 m|
Rugby union flanker
Wenceslas Lauret (born March 28, 1989) is a rugby union footballer, who currently plays for Racing Métro in the Top 14 French league. His usual position is flanker, but he can also play Lock.
Lauret first arose on the professional scene during the 2007–08 Top 14 season for Biarritz Olympique. Although during this season, he played at academy level playing for the under 20's side. During that year, he was selected for the France U20's side to play in the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in Wales. He made two appearance's for the U20's side, playing against Japan U20's and Italy U20's - winning both matches 53–17 and 32–14 respectively. After being promoted to the senior Biarritz side in 2008, he went on to play seven times during the 2008–09 season. His first professional appearance was on 26 August 2008 in a 29–22 victory against Bourgoin. In June 2009, he was selected again to represent France U20's in the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship. He played in every pool game to come second in that pool - the only loss was to South Africa U20's which they lost 43–27. He played in the 5th Place Play-offs semi-final against Samoa U20's. But was however not selected for the play-off match against Wales U20's, in what was a 68–13 win for France to come 5th in that tournament.
During the 2009–10 Top 14 season, he suffered an injury in late October, thus ruling him out of selection for the French national team for the 2009 end-of-year rugby union internationals. He returned in March 2010 to play a further 4 matches in that Top 14 Season. In addition to this, he played 5 matches during the 2009–10 Heineken Cup, where he started in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals against the Ospreys and Munster. Most notably, he started at Openside in the French derby 2010 Heineken Cup Final at the Stade de France. But Biarritz were unable to turn over French Giants Toulouse, losing 21–19.
On 19 May 2010, he was selected by Marc Lièvremont for the France National side to tour South Africa and Argentina. He made his debut on the 12 June at Newlands Stadium, starting in the 42–17 defeat. He didn't represent France again until June 2012, during the 2012 French tour to Argentina where he played in both matches. At the end of the 2012–13 Top 14 season, Lauret signed to play for Racing Métro, who he made his debut for on 23 August 2013 against Toulon - losing 41–14. During the 2013-14 Season, he returned to French national duties, and was part of the 2014 Six Nations Championship squad that narrowly lost the title to Ireland and England.
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