France head coach Guy Novès could be replaced by Bordeaux-Bègles boss Jacques Brunel before the end of 2017, according to media reports.
The former Toulouse boss has presided over a disappointing run of form since replacing Philippe Saint-Andre, winning just seven games in 22 matches.
Les Bleus suffered three successive defeats in the recent November internationals, going down to New Zealand (twice) and South Africa, before drawing 23-23 with Japan in their final game.
Although an official announcement has not yet been made, Midi Olympique claim that French rugby federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte will confirm Novès’ departure on December 27.
Former Italy boss Brunel is favourite to take over and will be accompanied by two other coaches from the Top 14, with Novès’ assistants Yannick Bru and Frederic Dubois also reportedly departing.