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Encyclopedia > Imanol Harinordoquy

Imanol Harinordoquy (born 20 February 1980 in Bayonne) is a French rugby union player who typically plays as a number 8 for France internationally and Biarritz at club level. Before signing with Biarritz for the 2004-05 season, he played club rugby at Pau. Despite his relative youth, he is generally regarded as one of the top number eights in international rugby union today. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Bayonne. ... Ireland v the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15. ... Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque, often abbreviated BOPB, is a French rugby union club that plays in Biarritz in Aquitaine at Parc des Sports Aguiléra. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Section Paloise is a French rugby union club from Pau in Pyrénées-Atlantiques currently competing in the top level of the French league system. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15. ...

The 1.92 m (6'3½") Basque made his international debut just before his 22nd birthday in the 2002 Six Nations against Wales, and helped France win the Grand Slam that year. He has been a fixture in the French side ever since, helping them to a second Six Nations Grand Slam in 2004. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons), (2000-) formerly known as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ... Grand Slam is a general sports term applied when achieving something special. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Harinordoquy entered the 2005 Six Nations with 30 caps for France. However, he missed the competition's first fixture against Scotland due to a separated shoulder suffered in his last game for Biarritz before the Six Nations, and had difficulty regaining his form immediately after the injury; he was dropped from the squad by the end of the 2005 tournament. The 2005 Six Nations Championship was the sixth edition of the Rugby Union Six Nations Championship to be held since the competition expanded in 2000 to include Italy. ... Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union, a founder member of the International Rugby Board in 1886 with fellow Celtic nations Ireland and Wales. ...

Harinordoquy grew up in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Basque: Donibane Garazi). He grew up playing many sports, among them pelota, swimming, football and judo, only concentrating on rugby after a knee injury at age 14 limited his football development. He advanced quickly in rugby union, representing France at under-19 and under-21 levels. He was also brought up in the family's cattle-trading business; when it came time for him to choose between the business and rugby, he opted to only sign a one-year contract with Pau. He continues to sign one-year rugby deals. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Basque: Donibane Garazi) is a commune in the French département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. ... Basque (in Basque: Euskara) is the language spoken by the Basque people who inhabit the Pyrenees in North-Central Spain and the adjoining region of South-Western France. ... Pelota Vasca or Pelota Valenciana (in Spanish; pilota in Basque, Valenciano and Catalan; pelote in French, from Latin pila) is a name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using ones hand, a racket, a wooden bat (pala), or a basket propulsor, against a wall (front... Swimming describes any method by which living creatures move themselves through water apart from walking on the bottom. ... Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) The Current Rules of the Game (LOTG) The Rec. ... Judo (Japanese: 柔道, jÅ«dō; gentle way) is a martial art, sport, and philosophy originated in Japan. ...

External links

  • Profile at sporting-heroes.net (retrieved February 7, 2005)
  • 2003 story at buzzle.com (retrieved February 7, 2005)
  • Player's profile and Statistcs (itsrugby.com) : [1]

  Results from FactBites:
The story of Imanol Harinordoquy begins in an affluent chateau in the south of France where he was born into the arms of his loving parents Clement and Claire Poitrenaud.
At the age of 13 Imanol was lauded for his abilities on the playing field and was given a scholarship to Europe's leading rugby school, Blackrock College.
Imanol changed his name from Poitrenaud to Harinordoquy after his parent’s death to avoid the attention of the Free Associated Press back on Earth.
sport.iafrica.com | rugby | news Harinordoquy hands France victory (637 words)
French number eight Imanol Harinordoquy celebrated his 24th birthday a day late as his two tries inspired an error-prone France to a 25-0 victory over Italy in their Six Nations match at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Harinordoquy's brace plus one from Pepito Elhorga gave some respectability to the result though the French will have to improve hugely on this performance if they are to beat either improving Wales or world champions England.
Four minutes later and Harinordoquy went over in the corner after slipping the tackle by Bergamasco, in spite of a clumsy pass by Traille which fell at his feet, for his sixth try in 25 tests — Elissalde converted to make it 10-0.
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