1. Bevan French

Full back

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Player Profile

Factfile

Position: Full back
Date of birth: 04/01/1996
Heritage number: 1098
Height: 5ft 9
Weight: 86kg
Previous club: Parramatta Eels
Representative honours: NRL Indigenous All Stars
Wigan Debut: vs Hull KR (H), wing (sub), won 36-18 at DW Stadium, 09/08/19

Honours

League Leaders’ Shield: 2020
Super League Dream Team: 2020

Profile

Renowned for his electric pace and dancing feet, Bevan French can play a variety of positions in the backline and in the halves.

  • Born in Tingha, New South Wales, French is of Indigenous Australian descent and played his junior rugby league for Tingha Tigers RLFC.
  • He is the nephew of former Australian international and St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull FC winger Nathan Blacklock.
  • A noted finisher, French made 47 appearances for Parramatta Eels since his debut in May 2016 and scored 35 tries overall.
  • The Australian back also represented the Indigenous All Stars in 2017.
  • He joined Wigan halfway through the 2019 season after being granted a release from Parramatta.
  • French made his debut for Wigan as he came off the bench in the 36-18 win over Hull KR at the DW Stadium on 9th August and scored a try on his first start for the Club a week later in the victory against Warrington Wolves.
  • He went on to play eight times for the Warriors in 2019 and scored six tries.
  • French became top try scorer for Wigan in the 2020 season, touching down 17 tries in 21 games in all competitions.
  • Alongside fellow Warrior Liam Farrell, he was named in the 2020 Betfred Super League Dream Team at full back.
  • The Australian helped Wigan to secure silverware in 2020, clinching the League Leaders’ Shield following a win in the final regular season round over Huddersfield Giants.
  • After an outstanding 2020 season, French was awarded Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year in the Club’s End of Season Awards.
  • He was also named the Rugby League Writers’ and Broadcasters’ Association Player of the Year for 2020 and shortlisted for the 2020 Steve Prescott Man of Steel.
  • The 25-year-old signed a new deal at the end of the 2020 season to remain with the Warriors for 2021.
  • French suffered a season ending hamstring injury in May 2021 and returned home to Australia to complete rehabilitation.
  • The Full back did exercise his additional year option and will return to the Warriors for pre-season ahead of the 2022 season.

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