Beavers Sevens Rugby are please to announce the appointment of Serge Betsen Honorary Life Club President
A man and his passion
Serge Betsen was born on 25 March 1974 in Kumba in Cameroon. He first arrived in France with his family when he was 9 years old. He discovered rugby when he was 12 at the Club of Clichy la Garenne.
In 1991, he left Clichy to study in Bayonne and joined the Biarritz Olympique club. He got his first cap with France on 22 March 1997 against Italy. In 2000, he took part in the first 6 Nations tournament. Nicknamed
the "Grim Reaper" or "shears" because of his famous tackles and fast starts, he is considered to be the best tackler in the World by many rugby experts and is feared by all his opponents. He was voted best player of the French championship in 2002 by l’Oscar Midi Olympique, in 2004 he is nominated by the IRB for the title of best World player.
He officially retired from his international career on 16 January 2008 at a press conference in Clichy-la Garenne. He announced in May 2008 that he was going to London to finish his career with London Wasps.
For three years, he played as flanker at London Wasps and took on the role of captain of this team at the prestigious level of Lawrence Dallaglio, to put a formal stop to his playing career in June 2011, 20 years after his arrival in Biarritz.
Serge Betsen is a member of ‘Champions for Peace’,
a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Monaco-based international organisation Peace and Sport. He is also the founding member of the Serge Betsen Academy, a charity which aims to help disadvantaged children in Cameroon through sport and rugby.
Check out the following websites and highlight of Serge's rugby career