Full name Raphael Ibanez
Born February 17, 1973, Dax
Current age 43 years 164 days
Major teams Saracens, Wasps, France, France XV
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 224 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1999-2007||18||15||3||10||2||0||0||0||12||6||0||66.66|
|Test debut||Wales v France at Cardiff, Mar 16, 1996 match details|
|Last Test||France v Argentina at Parc des Princes, Oct 19, 2007 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Ibanez made his debut for France in 1996 and went on to rack up 98 Test caps, despite initially announcing his retirement following the 2003 World Cup. A combative, brilliant hooker, his guts and glory attitude helped to typify France's success in the early years of the Six Nations. His success in Europe's top competition was shared by a number of great French leaders, including Fabien Pelous and Fabien Galthie, but they were unable to translate their form at World Cups, losing the final in 1999 and semi-finals to England in 2003 and 2007. A club servant of Dax, Castres and Perpignan, he later moved to England with Saracens before leading Wasps to glory in the 2007 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham. He announced his immediate retirement from all rugby in 2009 following a concussion and has forged a successful media career.
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