France’s man of the moment Johan Wasserman says studying Damian Penaud helped the winger find his best form during the Six Nations Under-18s Festival.

Wasserman scored in all three of France’s matches in Ireland as the side finished unbeaten with wins over England, Scotland and Italy.

The Nevers-born flyer admits to having studied wing wizard Penaud closely and seems to be putting what he has learnt to great effect on the pitch.

“I look up to him,” said Wasserman. “I watch every game and try to study France’s wingers. I’m so happy to be representing my country.”

On his try-scoring exploits, Wasserman added: “My team are playing so well. I’m a player who likes to finish what I start and I’m so pleased to be in this team.”

Wasserman crossed twice in France’s final outing at Energia Park as they cast Italy aside in a dominant 57-17 victory.

The winger’s first try was a product of a brilliant attacking move while the second came courtesy of some slick footwork from the 18-year-old, who credited his teammates for setting up both scores.

“We are really happy with our performance, we stuck to our game plan and are really pleased with how we played,” he said.

“My first try was a collective try and I’m happy to have this team with me. We are a great team, have great cohesion and we are very happy.”

The USON Nevers star, is now hoping to make the step up to the Under-20s side who, like the seniors, finished second to Ireland in the Six Nations.

For Nevers, the experience of playing in the Under-18s iteration of rugby’s greatest championship has been hugely beneficial.

“It’s such a great experience and I wish every young player could have this opportunity,” he said.

“It’s difficult but if you have the strength and if you are willing to perform it can happen.

“Everyone is really pleased, we’re grateful for the opportunity and we’re looking forward to celebrating our three wins.”

“I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by the coaches and I’m really thankful to have done it.”

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