Who is Fabien Galthie – Rugby World Cup

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Fabien Galthie has had a good run with France since joining the National Team as vice-head coach in 2019. 

As a player, he played most of his career at Colomiers from 1985-1995 when they were an amateur side and then from 1995-2001 when they turned professional. He was at Western Province for a season in 1995 and then played 31 games for Stade Francais from 2001-2003. 

He was also a French international player from 1991-2003 making 64 appearances and scoring 49 points. 

As a coach, he has been most impressive with stints at the top clubs in France since 2004. 

From 2004-2008 he coached Stade Francais, making it to both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup finals. He didn’t win either but his Stade Francais team eventually won the Top 14 in 2007. 

He joined Argentina as part of their coaching staff during their end-of-the-year tour of Europe in November and December of 2008.

From 2010 to 2014 he coached Montpellier where he reached the Top 14 final in his first year. 

From 2017-2018 he coached Toulon and was then appointed to the position of vice-head coach of the national team in 2019. He maintained this position under Jacques Brunel, until 2020 when he took over the reins as head coach.

Since then he turned France into a formidable force. 

He has won 31/39 games for a 79% win percentage. His win percentage has been 100% against Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales. 

Going into a World Cup, at home in France, you can’t ask for a better record or a more patriotic and dynamic coach.