Karim Ghezal rugby player
Karim Ghezal rugby player

Karim Ghezal

29th Apr 1981 1.94m/118kg No 4 Lock

Karim Ghezal started playing rugby at the age of 15 after trying football and basketball. He trained at L'Isle-Jourdain before joining the Toulouse training centre at eighteen.

He would go on to represent the likes of Béziers, Grenoble, Castres, Montauban, Racing and Lyon. In November 2014, he was selected in the team of French Barbarians to face Namibia at Stade Mayol in Toulon. In June 2015, he participated in the Baabaas tour in Argentina to face the Pumas.

He made over 300 professional appearances by February 2016 before he retired. In 2016, he joined the technical staff of his last club, Lyon. In 2017, he extended his contract for three years and was set to stay with the club until 2021.

In 2018, forwards coach Sébastien Bruno left the club to occupy his position with the XV of France , Karim Ghezal was then promoted to forwards coach, supported by David Attoub for the scrum.

In 2019, he left Lyon to join the coaching staff of the French national team, led by the new coach Fabien Galthié from 2020.


image France
2020 - present
logo_asbh_quadri Beziers
No 4 Lock
2002 - 2003
fc_grenoble Grenoble
No 4 Lock
2003 - 2005
Castres Olympique Castres Olympique
No 4 Lock
2005 - 2007
Untitled Montauban
No 4 Lock
2007 - 2010
logo_racing2 Racing 92
No 4 Lock
2010 - 2014
logo_lou_2009 Lyon
2014 - 2020