Grégory Alldritt played a big part in France’s win over Scotland at the Stade de France. And the 21 year old number 8 had more reason than his colleagues to celebrate the victory.
He earned his third cap when he came off the bench with ten minutes to play, having made his debut as a substitute against Wales earlier in the competition, then come on against England at Twickenham.
And, with the match finely poised, he crossed the whitewash twice to ensure a 27-10 victory that brought relief and delight to everyone involved with Les Bleus.
However, while Alldritt, who is being tipped as a successor to the veteran Louis Picamoles, sees himself as French, he could have been playing for the opposition.
Although born in Kenya, Alldritt’s father is Scottish and grew up in Scotland. The player’s brother is currently working in Edinburgh, which is home to his aunt and cousin.
“I have double nationality”, he explained in the pages of the rugby paper, Midi Olympique.
He underlined how special it was to beat the Scots, adding, “I have been following these matches for a long time. And on top of that are the two tries. This game will remain etched in my memory, as will the whole tournament.”
Alldritt learned his rugby at Auch before moving in 2017 to Top 14 side La Rochelle, where he was initially captain of the development espoirs side. He subsequently graduated to the senior team and has made 25 appearances.
He has signed a contract extension that will keep him at La Rochelle until 2021. At the current rate of progress, he could be first choice for France by then.
Written by Colin Renton