A rugby player of Vietnamese descent, Francois Trinh-Duc, who plays for Montpellier in France's top division of rugby, will be playing in the French Top 14 this season.
He will be the first ever Vietnamese rugby player on the French national side who has been called up for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The 25-year-old's paternal grandfather, Trinh Duc Nhien, was born in Viet Nam and later married an Italian woman.
The popular French international plays for last season's runner-up, Montperllier, and will be keen to amend the 15-10 final loss and advance the club one step further this season.
The competition which gathers the best 14 rugby clubs in France will be broadcast live on Eurosport in Asia-Pacific this weekend.
Viet Nam's national men's football team has jumped 15 places from 144th to 129th in the August rankings, FIFA has announced.
Viet Nam rose up the table after beating Qatar 2-1 at the Ha Noi-based My Dinh National Stadium in the second qualifying round of the World Cup Asian region.
Viet Nam (18th) are now in the top 20 Asian teams for the first time since 2009. In the Southeast Asia region, Viet Nam rank second, tied with Singapore and trailing Thailand (120th in the world).
On the women's side, Viet Nam are 32nd, seventh in the Asia region and second in Southeast Asia behind Thailand.
Two Vietnamese Grandmasters will participate in the fourth Kuala Lumpur International Open Chess Championship on September 4-10.
They are Nguyen Anh Dung and Nguyen Van Huy, who will compete for the Raja Nazrin Shah Challenge Trophy.
This year's event features an Invitational Masters round robin tournament where four veteran grandmasters, from the Philippines, Viet Nam, Uzbekistan and Singapore, will compete with six young players.
The tournament will be played in nine rounds using the federation's Swiss System. — VNS