Christian Califano

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Christian Califano
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Birth nameChristian Pascal Jean Califano
Date of birth (1972-05-16) 16 May 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Toulon, France
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight105 kg (16 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
SU Agen
Gloucester Rugby
National team(s)
1994–2007 France 72 (35)

Christian Califano (born 16 May 1972) is a former French rugby union player who finished his career at Gloucester Rugby.


At the end of 2003, he had been capped 68 times for the France national team, which was the record for a French prop until Sylvain Marconnet earned his 69th one on 4 February 2007. It seemed clear that Califano's international career was over, but he made a shock come-back as he was called to play against New Zealand on 2 and 9 June 2007.

Califano earned his first national cap on 26 June 1994 against the All Blacks. His first two caps consist in two victories in New Zealand. He was part of the French squad for both the 1995 and the 1999 World Cups.

He has played second fiddle to props Nick Wood and Carlos Nieto in his time at Gloucester RFC. His versatility meant he received most of his appearances for the club off the bench.

On 21 February 2008, Califano announced his intentions to retire and the end of the 2007/2008 season. [1]


Stade Toulousain
France national team

He is the first French player to have taken part in the Super 12 (with the Auckland Blues). He is the first French front row player to have scored three tries in the same match. It was on 20 April 1996 in Aurillac against Romania (the match ended up in a 64-12 victory).

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  1. "CALIFANO TO CALL IT QUITS". Sportinglife. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-22.