Jerome Gallion

The Pocket Rocket

"I remember playing against Gareth Edwards in his last game in 1978. The atmosphere was amazing. The noise and the singing and Cardiff Arms Park gave me goose bumps. We had the chance to win another grand slam but we were beaten. I wanted to swap shirts with Gareth but I wasn’t sure he wanted to because it was his last game. I went to look for him in the changing room. He was too embarrassed to say no. His was the only shirt I kept. I hope he still has mine."

As a brilliant French scrum half then and a renowned dentist now, Jerome is a man in demand, and it took some persistence to schedule a slot meet him at his surgery in an old building on the main drag in Toulon. I arrived and the waiting room was hot and full to capacity. His assistant offered me a double espresso which I quickly knocked back to sharpen the senses. It isn’t every day you get to meet your childhood idol. I jumped the queue and went through to his office where we chatted for an hour, right next to his dentist’s chair. He was charming, engaging and as bright as a button with an outstanding memory for detail. It was the most enjoyable visit I have ever had to a dentist.

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