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Who was Guy Laporte?
FRANCE Rugby legend Guy Laporte has died at the age of 69.
The former fly half was part of the France team that finished as runners-up at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.
Guy Laporte debuted in France in February 1981
Laporte played for SC Graulhet from 1972 to 1988
He missed out on the final against eventual winners New Zealand, but finished the tournament as his nation’s top scorer.
Laporte played for SC Graulhet from 1972 to 1988Credit: Getty
He missed out on the final against eventual winners New Zealand, but finished the tournament as his country’s top scorer.
Known for his skillful footwork, Laporte spent most of his career at SC Graulhet, where he was later named president.
Tributes have poured in for the man labeled “a great gentleman” of French rugby.
French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte said: “The French rugby family has just lost a great gentleman in the person of Guy Laporte.
“Brilliant opening of the France XV and great president of the Graulhet club, Guy Laporte marked his time with his talent. All my condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Laporte made his international debut in the Five Nations victory over Ireland in February 1981.
That year he was part of the Grand Slam-winning French team that lifted its eighth overall title in the tournament.
He then went on to become France’s top scorer at the 1987 World Cup, amassing 42 points in the inaugural competition.
Overall, he won just 16 caps for his country, but he made three tries and scored a whopping 143 points overall.
He subsequently became vice-president of the French Rugby Federation and head coach of Castres, as well as president of Graulhet.