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Maxime Mermoz (born July 28, 1986 in Épinal) is a French professional rugby union footballer currently playing for USA Perpignan in the Top 14.
Mermoz won the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship. He earned his first cap for the senior France national team on 5 July 2008 against Australia.[1]He made his Six Nations Championship debut in the 2009 Six Nations Championship against Scotland.[2]Mermoz scored his first try for France in their 37-17 loss to New Zealand at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, he intercepted a Dan Carter pass close to the half-way line before running clear to score.  
Maxime Mermoz made the difficult jump from French heavyweights Toulouse to their fierce rivals Perpignan and adapted to his new surroundings quickly to become one of the most impressive centres in the Top 14.
Quick and compact, Mermoz possess a razor-sharp running game and instinctive skills in close-quarters.
A first international cap came in 2008 as an under-strength side toured Australia and Mermoz's international career has been hampered by injury on a number of occasions. He started the 2009 Top 14 final as Perpignan defeated Clermont Auvergne, having made his Six Nations debut as a replacement against Scotland early in the year.
He won two further caps on tour as France lost to New Zealand and Australia, but announced himself as a frontline player by winning the No.12 jersey for their victory over South Africa in November 2009. Injury ruled him out of the remainder of France's Tests again, though, and a shoulder complaint meant that he started 2010 on the treatment table.
He missed the 2010 Grand Slam win through injury but made his way back into the France squad for the southern hemisphere summer tour. After starting the season in blistering form for Perpignan in 2010-11, Mermoz hoped to retake the centre spot for the national side.
However, a shoulder injury brought an ubrupt end to his tournament with him being substituted 55 minutes in their opening game against Scotland. He went onto miss the rest of the tournament. But Mermoz propelled his way back into international recognition after being picked to play Ireland in France's first World Cup warm-up Test.
And Mermoz will go to the 2011 World Cup as part of Marc Lievremont's 30-man squad.

Maxime Mermoz



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