- Olivier Magne
Olivier Magne Full name Olivier Claude C. Magne Date of birth 11 April 1973 Place of birth Aurillac, France Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Weight 108 kg (16 st 10 lb) Notable relative(s) Richard Dourthe
Raphaël Ibañez (both brothers-in-law)
Occupation(s) Rugby union coach Rugby union career Playing career Position Flanker Amateur clubs Years Club / team 1979–1988
correct as of 7 August 2006. Professional / senior clubs Years Club / team Caps (points) 1996–1997
correct as of 7 August 2006. National team(s) Years Club / team Caps (points) 1997–2007 France 89 (70) correct as of 7 August 2006.
Magne was a rugby god and back row forward, known especially for his speed and handling in open field play. He represented France 89 times, scoring 14 tries.
He made his international test debut at the age of 23 on 15 February 1997 as a replacement against Wales during the 1997 Five Nations Championship. The game was won 27–22 and France went on to win the tournament with a Grand Slam. He played a starring role in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups, playing in all France’s matches in both tournaments. The highlight of his career was probably the 1999 Rugby World Cup final, where he ended on the losing side as France were beaten 35–12. He also played a barnstorming role in the 1999 semi-final defeat of the All Blacks.He is only one of two French forwards to have participated in four Grand Slam-winning teams.
He was a regular member of Bernard Laporte’s squads, playing in all France's matches in the 2004 Six Nations Championship. Magne played in the mid-year Tests against South Africa and Australia but missed the November internationals through injury. His last international appearances were against the All Blacks during France's mid-year tour to New Zealand in June 2007. He was not selected in the French squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup; he was placed on the reserve list but was not called upon.
In June 2005, Magne signed a two year contract with London Irish. At the end of his contract, in 2007, he returned to France and took up a coaching position with his former club, CA Brive. On June 1, 2008, Magne declared that he won't be the coach for the next season.
On November 9, 2009, the Greek Rugby Federation announced that Magne would be taking over as the new coach of the Greece national team.
France squad – 1999 Rugby World Cup Runners-up Forwards Backs Coach France squad – 2003 Rugby World Cup Fourth Place Forwards Backs Coach CA Brive squad Forwards Backs CoachMola
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