The president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte confirmed in an interview that Fabien Galthié would be the next coach of France.
The former French scrum-half will replace Jacques Brunel as the country’s head coach after this year’s World Cup. Rugby fans are booking tickets for Rugby World Cup which will start from 20 September.
“I named Fabien Galthie as a coach,” Laporte told French newspaper Berry Republican.
Galthie will join the current coaching team for the Rugby World Cup as a skills coach, with the goal of taking over as head once the Japanese tournament.
According to some reports, Laurent Labit will take over while William Servat becomes the coach of the attackers if they also join the staff led by Galthie. Shath Edwards could still join Galthie, which confirmed that they had spoken to an Englishman about the role of defence coach.
Galthie played 64 times for France and was captain of the team at the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2002 and also led the 2003 World Cup. Laporte is now president of the French Rugby Federation and the previous relationship between the two men undoubtedly played a part in the new arrangement.
Although other coaches from around the world have been associated with this position. French Rugby Federation recently announced that it would seek to recruit a French national based on the wishes of the French top 14 coaches.
The popular Laporte referendum did not allow a stranger to take over as head coach until the 2023 World Cup. Brunel’s contract will expire at the end of the Rugby World Cup. The clubs of amateurs had voted against the idea of bringing in a foreign coach in a referendum organized by Laporte at the beginning of the month.
The Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 20 in Japan and France begins its campaign a day later against Argentina in Pool C.
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