Olivier Azam

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Olivier Azam
Date of birth (1974-10-21) 21 October 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Tarbes, France
Height 6.10 ft (1.86 m)
Weight 18 st 12 lb (120 kg)
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Forwards coach
current team Lyon
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–2003
2003–2004
2004–2011
Gloucester Rugby
Montferrand
Gloucester Rugby
83
11
110
(55)
(10)
(70)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–2002 France France 10 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2011–2013
2013-
Toulon (forwards)
Lyon (forwards)
correct as of 30 June 2014.

Olivier Azam (born 21 October 1974 in Tarbes) is a retired French rugby union footballer and current forwards coach at Pro D2 club Lyon OU. A hooker who could also cover prop, Azam spent most of his professional playing career in the English Premiership at Gloucester Rugby. Azam also had 10 caps for France.

Azam made his Gloucester debut in August 2000 against Saracens. Azam returned to Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2004 after one year with French outfit Montferrand. He notched over 140 appearances for the West Country club.

Renowned for his aggressive, hard hitting mentality, Azam had to compete with Wallaby international Jeremy Paul and England international Andy Titterrell for the No. 2 shirt upon his return.

Azam was named the player of the season by Gloucester fans for the 2008/09 season.[1]

On 19 May 2011 Gloucester Rugby announced that Azam was leaving Gloucester.[2] Shortly afterward, he chose to return to France to replace Aubin Hueber as forwards coach at Toulon.[3] He left Toulon in 2013 to become the new forwards coach for French side Lyon, replacing Tom Smith.

Outside of sport, he runs a successful restaurant in Cheltenham called Armagnac.[4]

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