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REMEMBERING LAURENT ARBO AND HIS 12 YEAR TRY RECORD

Just two seasons ago France and Toulon great Vincent Clerc took a bow as he cracked the record for 100 tries in the top flight of French rugby. 

By perhaps more amazing was the fact that the record he broke had stood since 2006, set by the great and perhaps-too-unheralded Laurent Arbo. 

In a career including stints at Brive, Pau, Castres and Montpellier, Arbo set the standard for a generation of French wingers. As our tribute video shows, his game had it all – lightning fast chip and chase, breathless intercepts, and sprints out wide with a familiar panorama of hapless opponents in his wake. 

Arbo, now 47 and more than a decade retired, isn’t as famous as some of his successors – including Clerc. But we think you will agree he deserves to be.