Walter Spanghero

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Walter Spanghero
Date of birth (1943-12-21) December 21, 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 100 kg
Notable relative(s) Nicolas Spanghero
Claude Spanghero
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock, number eight, flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1964–1973 France 51 (14)

Walter Spanghero (born 21 December 1943) is a former French rugby union footballer. He was a part of the French national team which won the 1968 Grand Slam in the Five Nations. He was also a part of the French side which won the Five Nations in 1967 and 1973. He played for France over 50 times. He played at number 8, lock and flanker. He famously had a very stormy relationship with his brother, Claude, who was also an international rugby player for France.

Former All Black Colin Meads, considered the greatest New Zealand rugby player in history, nominated Spanghero as his toughest international opponent.[1]


  1. ^ Gray, Wynne (1 August 2011). "Colin Meads - Pinetree: biggest legend of them all". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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