A regular at international level for France since 2011, debuting against England just weeks after his 19th birthday, blitzing winger Damien Cardace has been a staple of Les Chanticleers ever since.
A precocious talent who was identified as a teenager by French powerhouse Lezignan Sangliers, Cardace debuted in the top grade at the tender age of 18.
It was a fast rise for the livewire winger and it quickly continued when Cardace was signed to play Super League with French side Catalans. The youngster spent four seasons with the Dragons from 2012-15 and though he struggled to hold down a regular position due to a combination of injuries and some talented senior
players in the Catalans backline.
When he was on the paddock though, he proved a tryscoring machine, crossing for 17 tries in 28 games. His tries certainly came in bunches: he cross for four against Widnes in a Challenge Cup win in 2012 and posted hat-tricks against Sheffield, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinitiy.
His international career has not been as fruitful with tries but his longevity is testament to his talent.
While he made his Les Chanticleers debut in 2011 and played at the 2013 World Cup, it was not until France’s opener against Lebanon at the 2017 World Cup that Cardace would cross for his first try in blue. Playing in the centres, Cardace put France in front with 12 minutes to play. It was not to be for Les Chanticleers but was a just reward for one of France’s most loyal servants.