Former captain Fabien Galthie will succeed Jacques Brunel as France head coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup, French newspaper L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.
The 50-year-old won 64 caps as a scrumhalf and will work as an assistant to Brunel in the build-up to the tournament which starts on September 20, before taking over permanently on a contract until 2023 – when France will host the competition.
Galthie has had spells at the helm of French clubs Montpellier, Toulon and Stade Francais where he won the Top 14 title.
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Brunel has experienced a difficult tenure since replacing the sacked Guy Noves in 2017, winning only five games in 16 fixtures.
France will face England, Argentina, the United States and Tonga in the World Cup pool stage in Japan after warm-up matches against Scotland and Italy.