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Monday, December 28, 2009

French Barbarians vs Europe XV

French Barbarians vs Europe XV

To mark the 75th anniversary of the FIRA-Association Europenne de Rugby, a great match took place last month between the French Barbarians and a European XV at the Stade du Roi Baudouin in Brussels.

Founded in 1979 by Jean-Claude Skrela after playing for the original Barbarians, the French Barbarians have a culture much like that of its British counterparts. They also wear their club socks, and running rugby is the order of the day.

A crowd of over ten thousand turned out in the Belgian capital to watch two sides brimming with talent. The French side contained both current and former Test players with the likes of Dimitri Yachvilli, Jrme Thion, Sbastien Bruno, Jerome Porical, and Julien Peyrelongue wearing the famous blue hoops.

League convert Karmichael Hunt also turned out for the French side.

The Europe XV had players drawn from Portugal, Georgia, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and England. The team included Romanias Sorin Socol, Gonalo Uva of Portugal, former England players Phil Christophers and Magnus Lund, and Spains Cesar Sempere.

The match was played in the correct spirit of the occasion, with both sides running the ball from all parts of the pitch. Castres wing Marc Andreu was particularly devastating, as was Jerome Porical who showed his class from the back.

The French Barbarians raced out into the lead, but the European side came back strongly and the match ended 39-26 to the Frenchmen, but as they say, rugby was the winner on a day that not only provided both entertainment for the locals, but was a great promotion for the game across Europe.

"The match represented a wonderful opportunity to show the very high level that players from these so called emerging nations play at. It also highlighted the depth of talent within the European Nations Cup," said FIRA-AER Chairman Jean-Claude Baqu.

"It was a great and historic day."


Time: 07:44

Posted at 10:21 am | 65 comments

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Anonymous December 28, 2009 9:35 am

FIRST!!!

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Phil December 28, 2009 9:41 am

Lovely rugby :) Great spirit and a joy to watch. It was nice just to watch the guys out there having fun.

The tumble at the end reminds me of that RSA Sevens player...can't remember his name.

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jente December 28, 2009 9:43 am

It seemed impossible in the professional era for amateur rugby countries to catch up. But now, i think we can say: "it will take a lot of time, but eventually it will happen."

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Greiffel December 28, 2009 9:49 am

@Phil, you're thinking of Robert Ebersohn

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Kuno December 28, 2009 9:50 am

this happened a while ago, didnt it? its not recent i dont think

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Dave December 28, 2009 11:12 am

Yes Kuno, it happened last month, as it says in the intro paragraph.

Some great tries. Andreu in particular looks devastating!

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Kuno December 28, 2009 12:20 pm

dont get smart with me dave

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Fred December 28, 2009 12:54 pm

What an absolutely beautiful match

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dezzy December 28, 2009 12:59 pm

marc Andreu is the best!!

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BilloK December 28, 2009 1:11 pm

3rd try is not regular, pass forwars (see where the ball leaves the hands and were the player catch it)

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Anonymous December 28, 2009 1:39 pm

MARC ANDREU IS FANTASTIC!!!

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luxi December 28, 2009 1:48 pm

great game to watch! loadsa tries & running rugby all over the park !!!

i was there with my rugby team (LuxemburgU17) and we all really enjoyed it!!!
+ we were all looking forward to paris-ulster in brussels but when we got to the stadium the game was cancelled !!!

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Anonymous December 28, 2009 3:03 pm

haha remember watching this. awesome match, great players and personalities.

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ToddTheClutchClever December 28, 2009 8:13 pm

lol Kuno, u want to take this in private with dave, haha.

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Cameron Maxted December 28, 2009 11:51 pm

okay first of all ive been noticing very few wallabies rugby videos

the shute shield is a good example of this. it puts this match (which was okay i guess) to shame with running rugby

ive stated it before and ill state it again the only people who come close to us aussies with running rugby are the fijians. yet for some reason we are getting shunned to the side by RD. do you have something personal against oz rugby dump????! we all know you do

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Canadian Content December 29, 2009 1:01 am

So ask for something specifc Ozzie fan don't just be a whinger.

And the French are much more similar to the Fijians than the Ozzies.

Nice post RD don't worry about all the haters.

Anyone know where I could download this game?

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Anonymous December 29, 2009 2:42 am

Maxted...go to the request section...I'd love to see more too!

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Cameron Maxted December 29, 2009 3:21 am

canadian content you obviously dont know much about rugby (probably cause your an ignorant fake american)

have you seen the recent video clips of foul play?!?! the french arent about anything besides dirty underhanded thuggery

sure they might run the ball a bit bit please every team does once in a while

the ranking of running rugby goes

1. Wallabies
2. Fiji
3. All Blacks
4. Samoa
5. Tonga
6. Wales
and the rest is all about the same rubbish brand of rugby

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The respectful GROWN December 29, 2009 5:59 am

I had a dream that on sites like this that "we" could stop the name calling and berating of each other and the general immaturity and nation-baiting and treat each other with respect...as ruggers should. Concede the fact that someone who has a different opinion might just have a legitimate point too. If this kind of nonsense happened on the pitch such individuals would soon find themselves in the blood bin or clutching some raked ribs for their lack of respect for their opponent and proper gamesmanship. If "you" want to see something, request it. This is a free site for us to enjoy the sport we love. It's not your parents basement where you can whine 'cause your mum isn't doing your laundry. Be a responsible and respectful commentor.

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jente December 29, 2009 9:15 am

@ cameron maxted

YOU obviously don't know your rugby. Ever heard of anything called "french flair"? Strange, it's been around as a rugby term for over 30 years. As for you bashing the french for no other reason than the recent few faul pays. Look up this article on scrum: http://www.scrum.com/scrum/rugby/story/107512.html
It's a review of the decennium in stats. You will find a nice conclusion about the french and foul play.

Your little list is a joke.
Next time you try to make an argument, make shure you got all the facts and be constructive.
Nobody likes a little troll.

Greetz from Belgium, home of beer.

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Jon December 29, 2009 10:02 am

The French are like no on else but the French.
Always tough up front, sometimes ill disciplined, and often brilliant out wide, but just as often completely clueless. Totally unpredictable, always capable of winning or losing.
Historically a running side though Cameron Maxted, along with teams like Australia, NZ, Fiji and Wales.

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number7 December 29, 2009 10:39 am

Cameron Maxted said...
okay first of all ive been noticing very few wallabies rugby videos

the shute shield is a good example of this. it puts this match (which was okay i guess) to shame with running rugby

ive stated it before and ill state it again the only people who come close to us aussies with running rugby are the fijians. yet for some reason we are getting shunned to the side by RD. do you have something personal against oz rugby dump????! we all know you do

..............your simply the biggest tit on this website..i severely doubt you play rugby or ever have and to be frank i dont believe your an australian supporter..probably another nationality trying to make the ozzies look bad

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Andy December 29, 2009 11:13 am

Looked like a good match. These sort of games can only be a good thing for the sport.

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Brick Shithouse December 29, 2009 8:01 pm

Thats cool. What rugby is all about. Im surprised the current French stars were realeased by their clubs though.

And just by the by, can any comments section just remain clear of stupid comments? It would be a miracle

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Anonymous December 29, 2009 9:27 pm

not so many stars actually... they were maybe afraid of getting hurt eventhough you can't really get hurt in a match like this.

special prize for yachvilli and his foot pass inside his area.

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Cameron Maxted December 29, 2009 10:20 pm

okay seriously you guys need to back down right now because ill lay the hammer on all of you

french flare is a myth. like i said every decent team has scored from there own try line before. even romania or borats country scored a try that looked good (its on the IRB try of the year list)

and yeah i do play rugby and am a big helper with organising at the club so back down seriously mate

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Cameron Maxted December 29, 2009 10:23 pm

to prove my point about the wallabies being the best running side in the world with no peer, in 2008 we put 50+ points on the barbarians (the same team that beat the all blacks this year) and they specialize in running rugby so thats proof enough. we ran them off the pitch and humiliated them

why cant you just accept that we love running rugby and are easily the tops in the world? racist

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Anonymous December 30, 2009 12:31 am

Last try for European XV was scored by the italian wing Samuele Pace.

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Anonymous December 30, 2009 1:57 am

Cameron Maxted, you my sir, are a fool.

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Dozman December 30, 2009 1:58 am

ROFL. agreed.

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Andy December 30, 2009 9:52 am

Thank god Cameron Maxted, i thought you were serious for a while there. Now it's obvious you're having a laugh.

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jente December 30, 2009 10:10 am

Let me guess: Cameron is a pain in the ass 12 year old, who plays tag rugby, helps his daddy sell lotery tickets at his club and is just starting to learn about logic, reasoning and argumentation

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Bill December 30, 2009 12:21 pm

Cameron, why have ou gotta say this rubbish.
Yes, Australia, historically, is a great running side with some of the greatest backline players of all time.
You could say the same thing about the kiwis, the Welsh, the island countries AND FRANCE.
The French haven't always had the skills set of some of their anitpodean cousins, but have made up for that with something very French, elan.
They love to run the ball, or they did for many years, and have been at times spectacularly successful (e.g. when they beat us, AUSTRALIA, at the 1987 world cup for example, or NZ in 1999).
They are also known for being completely unpredictable, world beaters one week, rubbish the next.
To be fair, they are not as adventurous as they used to be, but are more successful too, so that might just say something about the game.
The point of all that, is that it's common knowledge for someone who knows rugby.
You should know that, or you're ignorant. Which isn't a crime unless it's willful.

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number7 December 30, 2009 1:20 pm

Cameron Maxted said...
okay seriously you guys need to back down right now because ill lay the hammer on all of you

french flare is a myth. like i said every decent team has scored from there own try line before. even romania or borats country scored a try that looked good (its on the IRB try of the year list)

and yeah i do play rugby and am a big helper with organising at the club so back down seriously mate



back down or what? youl unleash the caps lock? ph the fury!!!

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Cameron Maxted December 30, 2009 9:52 pm

bill seriously don't lecture me on the history of the game

more proof that the wallabies are the best running side in history is that david campesy has scored the most tries ever

number7 no one is even talking to you so back down before a drop the hammer and beat you down

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Brick Shithouse December 30, 2009 11:32 pm

Cameron Mexted, what is this "hammer" you keep referring to? I want another person to insult you so you can see your wrath and mythical "hammer" firsthand :)

And just by the by, Daisuke Ohata has the most test tries ever, Campese is second.

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number7 December 31, 2009 12:47 am

well im talking to you cameron and i can see your a severe douchebag..the hammer ? what hammer how can you affect me from here ...when was the last time you saw australi score a try like those in this match ?

and nz are far better at running it look at their atmn i nternationals they rippede everyoe to pieces out wide ...and thats coming from an irishman

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troy December 31, 2009 4:14 am

@Cameronmaxted .. despite the fact that you come on like an arrogant dickhead one or two posters here have actually given you the benefit of a considered reply .. but make no mistake, you are clearly a twerp and an embarrassment to Oz rugby. Your attitude makes your opinions easy to ignore and the only "hammer" I see is the tool you reveal yourself to be every time. You've got no class little boy.

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Cameron Maxted December 31, 2009 4:19 am

the hammer is a back handed smack across the face

and no ohata's tries dont count!!! he plays against even weaker asian nations and he scored 8 tries against taipai or something so no they dont count. campo has scored most of his tries against top 10 nations okay??!

and yeah id expect you to be a dirty irishman number7 you seem to think that the all blacks are godlike seeing as your irish lads have never beaten them. well guess what? most teams have beaten them easily and they arent anything so sit down and shut up mate

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troy December 31, 2009 4:33 am

@hammerboy .. I get it now .. Andy was right, it is just a joke. Nobody would seriously want to make themselves look that dim and oafish on purpose .. and the backhanded smack .. ooooo scary! .. haha, what a funster. Now go out and play with the other kiddies.

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jente December 31, 2009 9:41 am

RD, could there please be a ban on camer... euh... i mean stupidity

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number7 December 31, 2009 1:31 pm

wow a backanded slap...you forget yoour talking to people who actually have played rugby cameron ...

and yes im a dirty irishman but yur the spawn of our convicts ...how does that feel ?

and yes NZ run the ball far better than the ozzies its a simple fact..however you dont see sense and will never have an unbiased opinion...

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Brick Shithouse December 31, 2009 2:07 pm

How does a backhanded slap work across the internet? Do you send us a video of you slapping someone else and ask us to imagine that it's us "getting hammered"?

You're making a fool of yourself Cameron.

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Anonymous December 31, 2009 4:17 pm

the number 13, 5, 7 or 3 fantastic european players that i didny knew.nice..

GDDIREITO

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Anonymous December 31, 2009 5:21 pm

Fair game. But honestly, I think this EU team was weak and miss some cohesion.Sincerely.

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--123-- December 31, 2009 5:25 pm

Cameron - Rugbydump isnt a professional website its run by regular guys.

They only get videos by people sending them in - They dont have a film crew in Australia. If no one films the games then they cant post them .

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Cameron Maxted December 31, 2009 11:44 pm

number7 can you say think mate?!? or are you like all other irishmen who can only say tink? you know when rocky elsom came back from his money cow in ireland he was actually mocking the way you idiots speak up there haha i was like yeah rock tell me more mate

and yeah some of us may have convict ancestory but not all and the ones that do have are proud of it so keep on calling us that mate cause i for one dont care. and there was a time when the all blacks might have been on par with us with running rugby (around 4 years ago) but we have upped the ammo with james o'connor and genia looking to run at any opportunity.

yeah so anyway how about you focus on beating the all blacks for the first time in 100 years of trying mate. all teams in the world have already beaten them easily except you lot!!!

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BenV January 01, 2010 12:18 am

Cameron Maxted said...
number7 can you say think mate?!? or are you like all other irishmen who can only say tink? you know when rocky elsom came back from his money cow in ireland he was actually mocking the way you idiots speak up there haha i was like yeah rock tell me more mate.

I lived in Aust for many years and I like the country and the people (but unfortunately I did meet a couple like you) but for an Australian to mock the way others speak English is your biggest joke yet. Enough comments have pointed it out already but you really are an idiot aren't you, and most Australians I know would laugh in your face.

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Cameron Maxted January 01, 2010 2:22 am

atleast we pronounce words properly ben. speak up some more and maybe youll get the hammer okay mate?

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number7 January 01, 2010 2:48 am

really cameron you are for definate a kiwi trying to make the ozzies look bad ..nobody i repeat nobody could possibly be as stupid as yourself...;and no its a typo im from a good backround and i articulate and have learned how to talk english properly unlike our yourself...

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jente January 01, 2010 10:17 am

Cameron "stupidity" Maxted: It's possible that australians think the Irish way of speaking English is weird, but I can guarantee you that all of the non-english speaking world (and probably a good part of the english speaking world) think the australian accent is a joke, whilst the Irish accent is cool.

Go fuck crocodile dundee!

sincerely,
jente (belgium)
francois (france)
gertjan (holland
tim (holland)
louis (germany)
rafael (spain)

ps: If we've made any mistakes: go fuck crocodile dundee again, I seriously doubt you can speak or wright anything else than ozzy-english

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Anonymous January 01, 2010 12:53 pm

"sincerely,
jente (belgium)
francois (france)
gertjan (holland
tim (holland)
louis (germany)
rafael (spain)"

LOL, did all these nerds gather around the PC while you typed your reply? WTF?

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Anonymous January 02, 2010 12:33 am

ozzies suck some serious ass

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Anonymous January 02, 2010 11:17 am

There is no need to keep on arguing like this forever.
Australia didn't have a great year so there is nothing to be proud of at the moment.
Campese scored tries when rugby players were still skinny slow and very unproffessional.
The borat's country you are reffering to might be russia, do the smart guy in front of an angry russian and you'll see who's receving the hammer.
I've been living in Oz for some time myself, and like everywhere there are stupid (and ignorant)people. No need to bring disgrace on an awesome country!
I which everyone a good year and may France run the ball into your asses for 6N!

ps: ireland, the time for revenge has come!

Antoine (from france)

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Cameron Maxted January 02, 2010 11:59 am

okay first of all to the anon above you say that campese played when rugby players were skinny and useless... but so did jonah lomu? so have some consistency in what you say mate and we all know how rated he is (even if he was lazy on defense and one dimensional on attack)

seriously all of you need to lay of australia and the wallabies yes they had a bad year but that does not excuse you from lambasting them with these personal attacks. you have zero right to do this and it is racially provoked seriously lay off or deal with me.

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number7 January 02, 2010 2:22 pm

ok cameron i love austraila...its just you i dont like....yes lomo maybe was one dimensional but really he didnt need to go around that much at all...

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Anonymous January 02, 2010 7:57 pm

cameron, you might wana consider getting yourself a life first

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Brick Shithouse January 02, 2010 11:09 pm

How are we being racist Cameron?

Plus, stop making physical threats, it's pathetic.

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Anonymous January 03, 2010 9:43 pm

Just because Cameron is being a dick, doesn't mean everyone should try to be an even bigger dick themselves.

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Pedro Fleury January 04, 2010 4:20 am

This game is a clear example that the only reason rugby matches nowadays sometimes look boring, with no attacking flair, is because of the people in charge of the clubs. This game goes to show that if you tell your players to attack, they know how to do so, without compromising that much defense.
Coaches and managers have their heads uop their a*%& so much that it's ruining our game.... bring rugby back to the players!

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Bill January 04, 2010 4:24 am

Pedro, many coaches want to attack.
It is often not rewarded in pro rugby, at the highest level.

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vinniechan January 04, 2010 9:21 am

Europe is such a good breeding ground for rugby - the EU single market provides a market size second only to China, but the number of countries involved a regional competition will be like a tribal warfare.

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Anonymous January 05, 2010 3:03 pm

'I which everyone a good year and may France run the ball into your asses for 6N!'

I beg your pardon. Haha.

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Cameron's Mum January 07, 2010 3:52 pm

Sorry everyone, Cameron has been on the internet a lot over the holidays, and it has evidently got to him. I think he's also had too many e numbers, I won't be putting sweets in his stocking next year!
I've grounded him and told him he's to come on here and apologise to you all.
I asked Cameron's father if what Cam was saying about us Aussies being famous for our flair was correct and he said it's not true, and his cellmate said the same.
Anyway, I hope Cameron won't be such a pain in future. Please have some sympathy for him, he's only 12 and his dad ha just been sent to prison for beating up a man he caught me having sex with. It's a tough time for him.

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Cameron Maxted January 07, 2010 3:54 pm

Hi guys, Mom says I've been a douche and have to apologise, so, sorry and stuff, but if you diss me and oz again you will get the hammer, and that goes for all of you, so watch it yeah.

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