Olivier Azam

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Olivier Azam
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Full name Olivier Azam
Date of birth (1974-10-21) 21 October 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Tarbes, France
Height 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Weight 18 st 12 lb (120 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Director of Sport
Current team Oyonnax
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2003
2003–2004
2004–2011
Gloucester Rugby
Clermont Auvergne
Gloucester Rugby
83
11
110
((55)
(10)
(70))
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2002 France 10 ((0))
Teams coached
Years Team
2011–2013
2013–2015
2015–2015
Toulon (Forwards coach)
Lyon (Forwards coach)
Oyonnax (Director of Sport)
Correct as of 30 June 2014

Olivier Azam (born 21 October 1974 in Tarbes) is a retired French rugby union footballer. 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. During his first spell at Gloucester he started in the 2003 Powergen Cup Final in which Gloucester defeated Northampton Saints.[1] 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.[2]

On 19 May 2011 Gloucester Rugby announced that Azam was leaving Gloucester.[3] Shortly afterward, he chose to return to France to replace Aubin Hueber as forwards coach at Toulon.[4] He left Toulon in 2013 to become the new forwards coach for French side Lyon, replacing Tom Smith.

On 15 December 2014, it was announced Azam would become the Director of Sport for Oyonnax from a three-year contract.[5]

Outside of sport, he runs a successful restaurant in Cheltenham called Armagnac.[6]

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