June 6, 2018 / 4:26 PM / 6 months ago

Rugby - Toulon appoint Collazo as head coach

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Gloucester v London Irish - European Challenge Cup Final - Twickenham Stoop - 05/06 - 21/5/06 Gloucester's Patrice Collazo celebrates with the Challenge Cup Final trophy Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Frances Leader

(Reuters) - Toulon have appointed Patrice Collazo as head coach following a disappointing season, the top-tier French rugby club said on Wednesday.

The former La Rochelle boss replaces former France captain Fabien Galthie, who led four-times French champions Toulon to the Top 14 quarter-finals last season, where they were beaten by Lyon.

"President Mourad Boudjellal formalised the arrival of Patrice Collazo as general manager of rugby club Toulon," the club said in a statement on their website here

Toulon won the European Champions Cup three seasons in a row between 2013 and 2015, but Collazo is the club’s fifth head coach in the past 21 months.

The 44-year-old was in charge of La Rochelle for seven years before stepping down last month, amid media reports of a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.

La Rochelle just missed out on the playoffs this season, finishing in seventh place.

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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