By Julien Sournies
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He is surely one of Fabien Galthié’s strong men since his arrival as coach at the end of 2019. This Sunday, November 20, the Clermont winger Damien Penaud once again displayed all his talent against the Japan on the lawn of the Toulouse Stadium.
Author of 2 triesthe son of the former opener of the Blues and Brive Alain Penaud greatly allowed the Tricolores to glean a 13e rank success and to end, at the same time, the year 2022 undefeated in the important against the Brave Blossoms (35-17).
Damian Penaud enters the Top 10 best try scorers
The native of Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) confirms its sparkling form with the jersey struck by the rooster. On his last 10 outings for the Blues, Damian Penaud has crossed the line 8 times, bringing his total number of tries to 21 with the tricolor tunic. Thanks to its two new best achievements this Sunday, the Auvergnat was able to join the Top 10 of try scorers in the history of the XV of France.
At the end of the match, the coach Fabien Galthie one held to greet him. “He’s a winger with talent, even if the team also has to know how to put him in good shape so that he touches the ball and scores,” said the latter. “Damian’s talent, on the offensive phases, allows him to express himself well and play with confidence”. He is now one step ahead of the former Toulousain Yannick Jauzion and the current coach of Portugal, the last qualified for the 2023 World Cup, Patrice Lagisquet (20).
Top 10 best try scorers with the XV of France
1. Serge Blanco: 38
2. Vincent Clerc: 34
3. Philippe Saint-Andre: 32
4. Philippe Sella: 30
5. Philippe Bernat-Salles and Emile Ntamack: 26
7. Christopher Dominic: 25
8. Christian Darrouy and Aurelien Rougerie: 23
10. Damien Penaud: 21
Fabien Galthié: “He can go for records”
Aged only 26, Damian Penaud is the only member of the Top 10 still active. As a result, there is no doubt that it will continue to gain places in this ranking in the future. “He can go for records. Well, I admit, I don’t know them. In any case, why not. It will please his dad, Alain, ”smiles coach Fabien Galthié.
Even if it seems impossible that he can reach the record held by Serge White (38) before the World Cup in Francehe could still hope to join the Top 5. Indeed, Philippe Bernat-Salles and Émile Ntamack, both fifth, only point to 5 units from Clermont.
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