Full name Dimitri Szarzewski
Born January 26, 1983, Beziers
Current age 32 years 65 days
Major teams Racing Metro, Stade Français, France
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 224 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2007-2011||12||2||10||0||0||0||0||0||7||5||0||58.33|
|Test debut||Canada v France at Toronto, Jul 10, 2004 match details|
|Last Test||France v Ireland at Stade de France, Mar 15, 2014 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Narbonne-born Szarzewski's flowing locks attract attention every time he plays and he is out of the mould of whole-hearted hookers who rarely make it through 80 minutes without incident.
In the 2007 Rugby World Cup it was Szarzewski whose high tackle on Jason Robinson a few minutes from the end of the semi-final at Stade de France allowed Jonny Wilkinson to kick England into the lead 11-9 and on their way to the final.
Quick feet around the field compensate for an occasionally off-beam line-out delivery from the Polish-descended Stade Français No.2 whose first club was Béziers.
His debut Test was as a replacement against Canada in July 2004 and by the end of the November 2008 series, when he started every match against Argentina, the Pacific Islanders and Australia, he had moved on to 30 caps at the age of 25.
However, since the arrival of coach Marc Lievremont, Szarzewski has had to wait patiently for a start for the national side. William Servat was France's first choice hooker in the 2011 World Cup but with the legendary front-rower hanging up his boots at the end of the season, Szarzewski will hope to get more time in the national side.