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Abdelatif Benazzi

Abdelatif Benazzi
Date of birth (1968-08-20) 20 August 1968
Place of birth Oujda, Morocco
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number eight
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Warringah Rugby Club
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)




Abdelatif Benazzi (Arabic: عبد اللطيف بن عزي‎; born 20 August 1968) is a French-Moroccan rugby union footballer who represented both Morocco and France.[1] He played as a lock or back row forward.

Abdel Benazzi started out with his homeland Morocco, but his ability was quickly spotted by France's selectors.[1] He won his first France cap in 1990 against Australia and went on to make 78 appearances and score nine tries for Les Bleus. He played in three World Cups and was a member of the France team that reached the 1999 Rugby World Cup final. He was twice a Grand Slam winner and led Les Bleus in the 1997 tournament.

His last international appearance was on 7 April 2001 against England. He finished his club career with Saracens in England, retiring in 2003 ahead of his 35th birthday.

See also


  1. ^ a b Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p71

External links

  • ERC Rugby profile
  • Sporting heroes

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