France replace Noves with Brunel

28 December 2017 02:09:50 GMTPlus11

France have appointed Jacques Brunel as their new coach having sacked Guy Noves after two years at the helm.

The French Rugby Federation made the switch after Noves managed to win just seven of the 21 matches he spent in charge of Les Bleus since he took charge at the end of the 2015 World Cup.

And 63-year-old Brunel, who worked as a forwards coach with the France national team between 2000-07 during Bernard Laporte's time in charge, has agreed to leave his role with Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles to take over.

Brunel also guided Perpignan to the French title in 2009 and spent five years in charge of Italy from 2011-2016 so he has vast experience, while Laporte, who is currently the president of the French Rugby Federation, confirmed that he would be helped by a pool of up to six Top 14 coaches.

He will officially start in the job next week with France's Six Nations opener against Ireland coming up in just five weeks' time on 3rd February.

Brunel is 501.00 to guide France to Six Nations glory, while his contract runs until the 2019 World Cup and Les Bleus are 23.00 to triumph in Japan.

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