French rugby clubs have said they do not want a foreign coach for the National side.
This came out on Friday after a referendum that they had with 900 amateur clubs taking part in the vote of the 1742 members they have.
59% Of the clubs that did vote send our a clear message that they do not want a foreign coach.
The current coach Jacques Brunel will step down after the World Cup which does not give Laporte much time to get the new man in place.
France is alone among Europe’s leading rugby union nations in never having employed a foreign head coach.
In the southern hemisphere, the All Blacks have always had a Kiwi coach and the Springboks always a South African, while Australia had ex-All Black centre Robbie Deans at the helm between 2008-13.
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