Like a fine French wine, Julien Puricelli has improved with age.
Puricelli started his professional career in the city of his birth with Grenoble in 2003.
He remained at the club until 2005 before joining Castres. He made almost 50 appearances for Castres before making yet another move Bayonne.
The move to Bayonne came with a call up to the French test squad in 2009 where he went on to make his test debut against the All Blacks.
He earned 4 test caps for France making two starts and played his final test match that same year against the side he debut against.
Puricelli made over 130 appearances for Bayonne before making the switch to Lyon in 2014.
The hard-working flanker has become somewhat of a cult hero at Lyon and captained the side to Top14 semi final during the 2017/18 season.
Puricelli is renowned for his exemplary lineout skills and will lead Lyon in the Champions Cup for the first time during the 2018/19 season.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Puricelli has had 37 European Cups appearances scoring 3 tries.
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