Fabien Barcella

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Fabien Barcella
Fabien Barcella - 2013-01-25 - 02.jpg
Date of birth (1983-10-27) October 27, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, France
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 108 kg[1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1996–2002 Valence-d'Agen
correct as of 5 June 2009.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008– France 20  (0)

Fabien Barcella (born October 27, 1983 in Agen)[2] is a French rugby union player, currently playing for Biarritz Olympique in the Top 14 league in France. He also plays for France.

Domestic Clubs[edit]

Barcella played for Toulouse before joining Valence-d'Agen in 2005. He then went on to play for Auch between 2006 and 2008. In 2008 he joined Biarritz Olympique where he made his Heineken Cup debut.

International Selection[edit]

In 2008 French coach Marc Lievremont sprung a surprise when he called up Barcella for the 2008 Six Nations Championship match against Italy at the Stade de France. He was also called up to the Wales game a week later. He featured again in the Autumn against Argentina. During the 2009 Six Nations Championship, he was in competition with Sale prop Lionel Faure for the starting job, which he obtained, making big performances. He played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad in New Zealand.

He was later called for test matches against New Zealand and Australia in June, where he made a number of standout performances. Barcella is often seen as one of the best loose head props in the world, his ability to destroy his opposite number in the scrum and cause havok around the pitch with his brute aggression often sets him apart from his peers.


  1. ^ "Fabien Barcella". Official RWC 2011 Site. International Rugby Board. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Fabien Barcella player profile Scrum.com