Christian Califano

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Christian Califano
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Birth name Christian Pascal Jean Califano
Date of birth (1972-05-16) 16 May 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Toulon, France
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
SU Agen
Gloucester Rugby




Correct as of 2007-05-31
National team(s)
1994-2007 France 72 (35)
Correct as of 7 June 2007

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

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Gloucester Rugby rugby union team

Gloucester Rugby are an English professional rugby union club based in the West Country city of Gloucester. They play in the Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby, as well as in European competitions.


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.

France national rugby union team national rugby union team representing France

The France national rugby union team competes annually against England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in the Six Nations Championship. They have won the championship outright seventeen times, shared it a further eight times, and have completed nine grand slams. Ten former French players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Sylvain Marconnet French rugby union player

Sylvain Marconnet is a French rugby union footballer who played for Biarritz Olympique having signed from Stade Français in the Top 14 club competition in France. His usual position is prop. Marconnet has played for France, including representing them at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

New Zealand national rugby union team mens rugby union team of New Zealand

The New Zealand national rugby union team, called the All Blacks, represents New Zealand in men's rugby union, which is known as the country's national sport. The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.

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.

The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. It was hosted and won by South Africa, and was the first Rugby World Cup in which every match was held in one country.

The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial international rugby union championship. It was principally hosted by Wales, and was won by Australia. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in the sport's professional era.

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.

Nick Wood English rugby union player

Nick Wood is an English rugby union footballer, currently playing in the Aviva Premiership for Gloucester Rugby. He plays as a prop.

Carlos Nieto is an Italian Argentine international rugby union player.

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


Stade Toulousain
Top 14 French rugby union league

The Top 14 is a professional rugby union club competition that is played in France created in 1892. The Top 14 is at the top of the national league system operated by the French National Rugby League, also known by its French initialism of LNR. There is promotion and relegation between the Top 14 and the next level down, the Rugby Pro D2. The fourteen best rugby teams in France participate in the competition, hence the name Top 14. The competition was previously known as the Top 16.

The Challenge Yves du Manoir was a rugby union club competition that was played in France between 1931 and 2003 under different names. It is named after former player Yves du Manoir.

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.