French Rugby Federation chief Bernard Laporte says Fabien Galthie will replace head coach Jacques Brunel after the World Cup. The 50-year-old made 64 appearances for France at scrum-half between 1991 and 2003, captaining his nation at the 2003 World Cup.
It’s understood that Galthie could work as an assistant to Brunel at the World Cup in Japan later this year before taking on the head coach role after the competition. French Rugby Federation chief Laporte revealed the news on Sunday, telling local newspaper Berry Republican: “I’ve named Fabien Galthie as coach.”
Laporte was initially looking to appoint a foreign coach but his plans were voted down by French clubs in a referendum last month. He confirmed Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, who spent three years working as an assistant at Clermont, was his first choice.
“My number one choice was Joe Schmidt, for one simple reason, he speaks French like you and I,” Laporte added. Galthie has been working as a coach in his homeland since calling time on his playing career in 2003. He took Stade Francais to the finals of the Top 14 and Heineken Cup, before spending time in charge of Montpellier and Toulon.