French clubs vote to keep national coach local

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Laporte, who coached France at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups, felt the poll had delivered a clear result.

In a statement confirming the result, Laporte said: "It is important for me to give the clubs the opportunity to speak".

"The XV of France belongs first to amateur rugby clubs that train our future worldwide players".

The France national side has never had a non-French head coach, but given the team's recent form French Rugby are desperately seeking ways to improve performances before the country hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023. I welcome this democratic expression and of course, I will respect this choice.

France's next head coach will not be Warren Gatland or Joe Schmidt, or any foreign coach for that matter.


The clubs voted 59 per cent against a foreign coach replacing Jacques Brunel, whose contract expires at the end of this year's World Cup.

Laporte had not named any possible replacements for the 65-year-old Brunel before speaking to French radio, but had said he had "gone to meet the five best coaches in the world to offer them the job". You are a possibility, are you interested?

The current Crusaders coach has been linked as an option to join the French backroom team for the World Cup. "We have agreed that we have to switch quickly to the 2023 World Cup [cycle] in France", he said in an interview with Le Progrès.

"I have made a decision to finish coaching and will prioritise family commitments after the Rugby World Cup in 2019", Schmidt said in a statement issued by the IRFU. "The management and players have been incredible to work with and the tremendous support we have had, particularly at home in the Aviva, but wherever we have travelled, has been uplifting".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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