Jacques Brunel will take the reins for France in the Six Nations after Guy Novès was sacked as the national team head coach.

The former Toulouse boss was contracted until the end of the 2019 World Cup but has endured a torrid two years since taking over from Philippe Saint-André.

Following a poor tour to South Africa in June, Novès presided over a disastrous November series where they succumbed to New Zealand and the Springboks before they drew with Japan.

French rugby president Bernard Laporte has therefore announced that the 63-year-old has left his position and will be replaced by Brunel.

The ex-Italy head coach is currently in charge of Bordeaux-Bègles but will leave the Top 14 outfit after UBB’s game with Stade Français.

Brunel’s assistants will be announced in due course after coaches Yannick Bru (forwards) and Jean-Frederic Dubois (backs) were also relieved of their duties.

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  1. Same first year win percentage as Coetzee… Boom… sacked…

    Coetzee still there now after two seasons of disaster…

  2. @bryce_in_oz:

    And the way things are shaping up he will probably stick around a bit longer. If SARU was serious about getting rid of him, he would have been kicked out already. We will probably get a coaching hackjob with Coetzee still there and Rassie trying to juggle the Boks with his other responsibilities.

    Oh how I miss the days when a coach could be fired by fax as Louis Luyt did.

  3. OMFG France now is not the time to go all Dien Bien Phu & pick some good ol boy you all ” like ” to take the reins of the nat team.
    Now’s the time to summon the inner Charlemagne & pick….
    Do it.
    Do it…..

  4. Lmao @ Americano. They could do a lot worse. I agree JW has the rugby know-how, but he’s got no human touch. You got to try intergrate and his style is way to calculating and structured for the french. That is what they need. Boks now neeed the opposite.

  5. @cab:

    Cab, jakes human touch can -come out- to the benefit of his humanity & French rugby union.
    I’m getting goose flesh just thinking about the implications!
    Closest Jake gets to speaking French is probably similar to all of us…..
    After 8 Mint Julips before betting on horses doesn’t our slurred speech resemble the chirping you’d hear in any Parisian market?
    Close enough to allow for humanity to bridge the gap.
    The non-verbal, winks, smirks, frowns all of it builds this into a screenplay of shared human spirit culminating in World Cup glory.
    Against all odds…..
    Jake White is……
    “The French Whisperer”
    View this trailer below and tell me you can’t see the parallels, that you can’t feel the emotion….

    Happy 2018 Jake White & France Rugby….
    Meet your DESTINY if you have the courage to take it !

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