William Servat, June 2012
|Full name||William Servat|
|Date of birth||February 9, 1978|
|Place of birth||Saint-Gaudens, France|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||103 kg (227 lb; 16 st 3 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
William Servat (born 9 December 1978 in Saint-Gaudens, France) is a French rugby union footballer who plays as a hooker for Toulouse in the Top 14 club competition. He has now retired from Rugby Union for France after a long and successful career. In February 2012, he announced that he would become forwards coach at Toulouse in the 2012–13 season.
Born in Saint-Gaudens in the Haute-Garonne département of France, Servat began his rugby career at his local club, Mazères-Cassagne. He played for Mazères-Cassagne until 1998, when he was signed by Toulouse. In his first season at Toulouse, Servat helped the club to their fifth Top 14 title in six years. He has since been involved with just one more Top 14 title victory (in 2001), but he has helped the club to two Heineken Cup titles in 2002–03 and 2004–05.
Servat made his debut for the French national team on 14 February 2004 in a 35–17 victory over Ireland in the 2004 Six Nations Championship. That year, France won the Six Nations Grand Slam, by beating every other team in the competition, with Servat playing in every game. The following year, France came second in the Six Nations, finishing as runners-up to Wales. Servat only made one start in the 2005 tournament, but made three substitute appearances as well. Servat has now retired.
On 15 February 2012, Servat announced that he had accepted an offer to become the forwards coach at Toulouse, effective with the 2012–13 season. The position was opened up when incumbent Yannick Bru agreed to join the staff of the French national team under Philippe Saint-André after the 2011–12 season. Although Servat's playing contract does not expire until 2013, he is now seen as likely to retire at the end of the 2011–12 season and take up coaching full-time.
- Top 14
- Winner: 1999, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2012
- Runner-up: 2003, 2006
- Heineken Cup
- Winner: 2003, 2005, 2010
- Runner-up: 2004, 2008
- "Servat to retire at end of the season?". ESPN Scrum. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Profile at ESPNscrum.com