Fabien Galthié

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Fabien Galthié
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Date of birth (1969-03-20) 20 March 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Cahors, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1985–1995 US Colomiers
correct as of 23 May 2010.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995
1995–2001
2001–2003
Western Province
US Colomiers
Stade Français
correct as of 23 May 2010.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1991–2003 France 64 (33)
correct as of 23 May 2010.
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2004–2008
2010–present
Stade Français
Montpellier Hérault RC
correct as of 7 August 2006.
Rugby union career

Fabien Galthié (born 20 March 1969) is a French rugby union coach and former player. His usual position was at scrum-half. He played much of his club rugby for Colomiers, and later on in his career, Stade Français. Galthié won 64 caps for France, including four Rugby World Cup appearances, as well as captaining the side at the 2003 World Cup. Former France national coach Bernard Laporte has described him as the greatest scrum-half in French history.[1] He was the IRB International Player of the Year in 2002.

Career[edit]

Playing[edit]

Born in Cahors, Galthié began his career at a club in Tournefeuille, before joining Colomiers. He made his international debut for France in a match against Romania in June 1991. In 1991 he found himself getting a call up into France's 1991 Rugby World Cup squad, replacing the injured Pierre Berbizier. At the 1995 Rugby World Cup he played in the semi-final defeat to South Africa.

Galthié was a crucial member of the French team that upset New Zealand in the semi-final of the 1999 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. In 2000, Colomiers reached the French championship final, but Galthié had to watch from the stands due to a knee injury. The club lost 28–23 to Stade Français, whom he joined the following season. In 2001 Galthié was appointed captain of France. A successful year in 2002, including a Six Nations Grand Slam, saw France dominate the 2002 IRB Awards, with Galthié named Player of the Year as well as French coach Bernard Laporte being named Coach of the Year.

Galthié captained France at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, and secured France's bonus point against Scotland in their third game, scoring the fourth try in the game. He did not play in France's final pool game against the United States. Galthié returned for the next game, the quarterfinal against Ireland which they won convincingly, but in the semi-final they lost to England 24–7. Following their semi-final defeat, France contested the third place play-off with New Zealand. Afterwards Galthié announced his retirement from international rugby.

Galthié won his only club trophy on his last competitive match, the French championship final with Stade français against Toulouse on 7 June 2003 at Stade de France (32–18).

Coaching[edit]

Galthié became the coach of Stade Français after head coach Nick Mallet departed the Paris club. Galthié was contacted by Max Guazzini to take up the coaching job. In the first season, Paris made it to the final of both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup finals, but were beaten by Biarritz Olympique and Toulouse respectively. The following season Paris were beaten by Toulouse in the Top 14 semi-final, and they were knocked out of the Heineken Cup by Leicester. He left Paris in 2008 to become a TV pundit with the French public national channel France 2 and private radio Europe 1. He was joined the Argentina coaching staff during their end-of-the-year tour of Europe in November and December 2008. Galthié signed a three-year coaching contract with Montpellier in 2010. Galthié proceeded to lead Montpellier to a Top 14 Final in his first year although his team had a much smaller budget than the rest of the league and merely a handful of internationally recognised players.

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Awards
Preceded by
IRFU flag.svg Keith Wood
IRB International Player of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
England Jonny Wilkinson