Olivier Roumat

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Olivier Roumat
Full nameOlivier Roumat
Date of birth (1966-06-10) 10 June 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Villeneuve-de-Marsan, France
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight18.4 st (117 kg; 258 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, No.8, Flanker
National team(s)
1989-96 France 61 (23)

Olivier Roumat (born 16 June 1966 in Mont-de-Marsan) is a former French rugby union footballer. He played as a number-eight, openside flanker and lock.

Mont-de-Marsan Prefecture and commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Mont-de-Marsan is a commune and capital of the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.


Club career

Roumat first played at Villeneuve-de-Marsan, moving then to US Dax, where he premiered at 1985/86. He had a brief stint at Sharks, in South Africa, in 1995. He was a member of the winning side of the Currie Cup. He was back at US Dax for the 1996/97 season. Roumat then would play for Stade Français, for 1997/98, and for Biarritz Olympique, from 1998/99 to 2002/03. He won the title of French Champion with Stade Français, in 1997/98, and with Biarritz Olympique, in 2001/02. He also won the South African Currie Cup in 1995.

Villeneuve-de-Marsan Commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Villeneuve-de-Marsan is a commune in the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

US Dax French rugby union club

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Sharks (Currie Cup) rugby union team

The Sharks are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. The Sharks' home stadium is Kings Park Stadium. They draw most of their players from the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Sharks are the current representative team of the Natal Rugby Union, founded in 1890. The team is the fourth most successful provincial union in the country, having won the Currie Cup title eight times.

International career

Roumat won 61 caps for France, from 1989 to 1996, scoring 5 tries, 23 points in aggregate. He captained the national team on 8 occasions, from 1993 to 1994. He played for France at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, in five matches, scoring a try. France was knocked out of that World Cup by England (the eventual losing finalist) at the quarter final stage. Roumat also represented France at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, appearing once again in five matches and scoring another try. This time France would finish the tournament in 3rd place, triumphing over England in the 3rd/4th place playoff after both teams were defeated at the semi final stage. Roumat played in the Five Nations, in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. He was a member of the Championship winning team in 1993.

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. France are currently ranked 8th in the World Rugby Rankings as of March 18th 2019.

The 1991 Rugby World Cup was the second edition of the Rugby World Cup, and was jointly hosted by England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France: at the time, the five European countries who participated in the Five Nations Championship. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be staged in the northern hemisphere, with England the hosts of the championship game. Following on from the success of the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, the 1991 World Cup received increased attention and was seen as a major global sporting event for the first time. Also for the first time, qualifying competitions were introduced as the number of entrants had increased from 16 nations four years before to a total of 33 countries. The eight quarter-finalists from 1987 qualified automatically with the remaining eight spots contested through qualifiers by 25 countries. This however resulted in only one new side qualifying for the tournament, Western Samoa replacing Tonga. The same 16-team pool/knock-out format was used with just minor changes to the points system.

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