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Getting to know: France U20s out-half Hugo Reus

By Liam Heagney
France U20s captain Hugo Reus (Photo by Shaun Roy/World Rugby)

Thursday’s second match day at the World Rugby U20 Championship promises another edge-of-seat day of entertainment with plenty of must-see games. Amongst them is the heavyweight meeting of defending world champions France and current Rugby Championship champions New Zealand in Stellenbosch.

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Both teams won their opening games last Saturday, the French defeating Spain at DHL Stadium and the Kiwis picking off Wales at Athlone. A standout moment in the victory for France was the incredible out-the-back, no-look pass produced by Hugo Reus in the third minute to create his team’s opening try. Hang it in the Louvre was the general reaction.

Reus was only a late confirmation in the French squad, as it wasn’t until La Rochelle were eliminated from the Top 14 at the semi-final stage that his name was pencilled in to travel out before their opening match.

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The No10 was also named as his country’s captain, and it was after he had descended from a photoshoot on top of the DHL Stadium roof that he set aside a few minutes to rattle through the Getting to Know RugbyPass Q&A interview:

THE BASICS
Born: February 21, 2004;
Joined France age-grade: U18, 2021/22;
Club: La Rochelle;
Height: 6ft;
Weight: 84kg;
Position: Out-half;
Boots: Adidas Predator;
Gumshield: Prochocs;
Headgear: No;
School: Victor Louis.

RATE YOURSELF (out of 100)
Pace: Have no clue;
Passing: It’s good, it’s my position at fly-half. I don’t know? 80;
Tackling: I don’t tackle much in the game. 60;
Kicking: 90.

THE PAST
My favourite France player of all time is… I would say Freddie Michalak;

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Favourite try I have ever scored is… I would say for La Rochelle (doesn’t specify which one);

A rugby memory that makes me smile is… Last year when we were U20s world champions;

The moment I realised I could make it is… I would say last year when I signed my first contract;

One piece of advice I would give to my younger self is… To continue to work hard;

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My best subject in school was… PE;

The first player who made me fall in love with rugby is… Jonny Wilkinson;

Growing up, my position was… I played centre and yes, the back, but mainly fly-half;

The coach who has most impacted my game is… I would say Ronan O’Gara.

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THE PRESENT
My best attributes on the field are… My kicking, I think;

One thing I’m doing to improve my education is… Yes, I do business school (Excelia);

My favourite current France player is… I would say Antoine Dupont;

My favourite YouTuber is… Yeah, yeah, I would say Squeezie;

My hardest working teammate is… I would say Leo Carbonneau;

My most skilful teammate is… Leo Carbonneau;

My favourite training drill is… To do some kicking;

My favourite music artist is… Now? Bigflo & Oli.

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THE FUTURE
A player who could go all the way is… I hope some of the players do. I would say Mathis Ferte;

If I could play with anyone, I would like to play with… I would say Antoine Dupont;

I will be happy with my career if I… To go to the big team of French rugby and to win some trophy;

One thing I want to add to my game is… I would say my skill;

If I could play in any other country, I would play in… New Zealand;

One person I want to meet is… I would say Jonny Wilkinson;

One trophy I would love to win is… A World Cup.

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