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Yannick Nyanga

Yannick Nyanga
Yannick Nyanga 2 2013.jpg
Date of birth (1983-12-19) 19 December 1983 (age 36)
Place of birthKinshasa, Zaire
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight96 kg (15 st 2 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
AS Béziers
Racing 92
Correct as of 12 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2015 France 46 (30)

Yannick Nyanga (born 19 December 1983 in Kinshasa, Zaire) is a professional rugby union player who plays flanker for Racing 92 and France, and is also known for his long tenure at Toulouse. He was a part of the victorious French team of the 2006 Six Nations Championship.

Nyanga plays at flanker in the style of a classic carrier with explosive pace from the scrum and excellent ability to support backs in later phases of play and good leg muscles to drive through the tackle, although being relatively light for a back row forward he can contain larger and more physical opposite numbers in rucks and mauls.


Nyanga joined AS Béziers in 1998. Nyanga received his first cap for France against the USA in France's 2004 tour of North America, making his debut in the 39 to 31 victory over the USA in Hartford. Following his first match for France, he played against Canada in Toronto, which France also won, 47 points to 13.

In 2005 he established himself firmly in France's regular line-up. After holding a reserve position in France's opening wins over Scotland and England during the 2005 Six Nations, he was called up into the starting line-up for the remainder of the tournament; playing Wales, Ireland and Italy. France lost only the one match; against eventual winners Wales.

Following the Six Nations he was included in France's touring squad for the mid-year. France left for South Africa, where they played the Springboks in a two test series; drawing the first, and losing the second. He was also capped against the Wallabies in Brisbane, which France also lost, 27 to 31. Following Béziers' relegation to Rugby Pro D2, Nyanga was signed by top club the then Heineken Cup champions Stade Toulousain for the upcoming season.

Nyanga was then capped another three times at the end of the year, in the win over Australia in Marseille, Tonga in Toulouse, as well as the 50 to six victory over Canada in Nantes, though he was partly rested, used as a reserve. He played in all of France's 2006 Six Nations the following year, which France eventually went on to win.

Toulouse finished third on the ladder for the 2005-06 Top 14, though they defeated Stade Français in the semi-finals to gain a place in the final. Toulouse lost the match to Biarritz 40 to 13. With consistent form, he was regarded by many pundits as an automatic selection for the French 2007 Rugby World Cup squad,[2] and he was indeed named to the RWC squad.

Nyanga shares the cover of the French version of the EA Sports game Rugby 08 with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

International tries

# Date Venue Opponent Result (France-...) Competition
1. 19 March 2005 Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy  Italy
Six Nations Championship
2. 18 June 2005 Kings Park, Durban, South Africa  South Africa
Test match
3. 25 February 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Italy
Six Nations Championship
4. 27 September 2007 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  Georgia
2007 Rugby World Cup
5. 20 November 2012 Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille, France  Argentina
Test match


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  2. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (3 April 2006). "Sport". London. Retrieved 21 July 2006.

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