Updated: Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:57 | By Agence France-Presse

Garbajosa joins La Rochelle coaching staff

Former France international Xavier Garbajosa has joined the coaching staff of promoted Top 14 outfit La Rochelle, the French club confirmed on Wednesday.

Garbajosa joins La Rochelle coaching staff

Toulouse's French winger Xavier Garbajosa runs to score a try during the French Top 14 rugby Union match against Albi at the stadium in Albi on November 24, 2006 - by Pascal Pavani

Garbajosa, 37, won three French and two-European titles with Toulouse before joining Bayonne.

He joins his former Toulouse teammate Patrice Collazo, who is head forwards coach at the western outfit, and Fabrice Ribeyrolles, in charge of the centres.

Capped 32 times, Garbajosa was a member of France's 1999 World Cup team who finished runners-up to Australia and launched a career as a consultant after retiring in 2008.

He will occupy the role of deputy coach in charge of playing skills in La Rochelle.

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