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Watch: Darren Sweetnam Sets Up Quality Try In France

Watch: Darren Sweetnam Sets Up Quality Try In France

Ex-Munster player Darren Sweetnam’s mazy run and no look offload set up a beautiful try for Oyonnax last Friday in their 8-49 victory over US Bressane in the French Pro D2.

The no look over the shoulder offload couldn’t help but remind us of this iconic pass from Australia legend David Campese.

Of course Darren Sweetnam is no stranger to extravagant pieces of skill, and this clip below of a spectacular one-handed catch was widely shared at the time.

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Darren Sweetnam moved to Oyonnax this year after a brief spell with Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle, and started the game against US Bressane on the right wing.

Oyonnax currently lie second in the second tier of French rugby on 34 points, four points behind leaders Mont-De-Marsan, with all teams having played ten matches.

All Irish fans will be wishing Sweetnam the best in his and Oyonnax’s quest to get up to the Top 14, a level which will be much more suited to the obvious skills of the Irishman.

As an ex-Irish international and a man with 22 tries in 92 Munster appearances, the Pro D2 is a level below what Sweetnam is used to.

The 28 year-old was unlucky not to add more Ireland caps to his name, or become a permanent fixture in the Munster starting XV given his talents, but the winger will more than likely grind out a successful career for himself in France.

It is also well-known that the winger was an upcoming star with the Cork hurling senior team before choosing to go down the road of professional rugby. His final game for Cork was the 2019 All-Ireland semi-final against Galway, where he came off the bench as a 19 year-old.

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Colman Stanley
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