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Post by Rugby Fan on Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:26 pm

Jacques Brunel in (not to be confused with Jean-Jacques Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2017/12/27/france-part-ways-head-coach-guy-noves-dire-run-results-jacques/

Guy Noves has been sacked as France head coach after less than two years, having won only seven of his 21 Tests in charge.

Noves will be replaced as head coach by Jacques Brunel, the former Italy head coach currently in charge of Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles, on a contract running until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Post by Rugby Fan on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:16 pm

Another addition to the small list of coaches who have moved up the international food chain.

Graham Henry (Wales --> NZ)
Steve Hansen (Wales --> NZ)
Eddie Jones (Japan --> England)
Jacques Brunel (Italy --> France)

Don't thnk there's any such clear pecking order in cases like Brian Ashton (Ireland-Engand), Warren Gatland (Ireland-Wales), Andy Robinson (England-Scotland) etc.

Three of those coaches were offered the top job by their home nation. Only Jones has so far been picked to work for someone else.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:48 pm

Any ideas about potential staff? Noves setup have all gone.

Is Brunel going to finish the season with UBB as well?

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Post by whocares on Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:02 pm

Noves case is a bit of a novelty (no pun intended) as he is the first France head coach to be sacked.
Brunel will still coach UBB for one more game and then move. He is a Laporte man and was probably the only experienced coach available anyway. Regarding his staff it is a bit more tricky : I read that Azéma and Collazo were offered the job but both refused. Apparently it is Galthié (bad news) and Bruno + Bonnaire who would get the assistant jobs. Others saying that there will be a rotation between Top14 coaches - even weirder given the possibility of conflict of interests that this will create.

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Post by lostinwales on Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:25 pm

whocares wrote:Noves case is a bit of a novelty (no pun intended) as he is the first France head coach to be sacked.
Brunel will still coach UBB for one more game and then move. He is a Laporte man and was probably the only experienced coach available anyway. Regarding his staff it is a bit more tricky : I read that Azéma and Collazo were offered the job but both refused. Apparently it is Galthié (bad news) and Bruno + Bonnaire who would get the assistant jobs. Others saying that there will be a rotation between Top14 coaches - even weirder given the possibility of conflict of interests that this will create.

Sounds like a complete nightmare. You just know that out of this chaos France are going to have to have a good 6N

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Post by rugbybanter on Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:13 am

Im surprised that Noves lasted this long his head should have rolled long ago!



Rugby Fan wrote:Jacques Brunel in (not to be confused with Jean-Jacques Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2017/12/27/france-part-ways-head-coach-guy-noves-dire-run-results-jacques/

Guy Noves has been sacked as France head coach after less than two years, having won only seven of his 21 Tests in charge.

Noves will be replaced as head coach by Jacques Brunel, the former Italy head coach currently in charge of Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles, on a contract running until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Post by sensisball on Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:04 am

Noves had to go. More access to the players, enforced rest periods during the season and his team still looked like a bunch of strangers who met on the bus before the game.

Brunel is a decent shout. He should at least be able to make France competitive. The current french 9 options are playing at Bordeaux, his current club, as well as a couple of front rowers.
Under Brunel Bordeaux have become a much better defensive unit, have a strong and organised pack and the backs have scores some sparkling tries. They are good enough to beat Clermont and La Rochelle (with 14 men for 20 minutes), admittedly both at home.

As head coach with Perpignan he took his team to the final of the T14 on two successive years, winning in 2009 and finishing as runners up to Clermont in 2010.

As French forwards coach in the La Porte era he helped the french to their two grand slams in 2002 and 2004.

Under Brunel Italy manged a handful of 6 N wins, mainly against Scotland. Although he famously manged home wins against France and Ireland in the 2013 season, in which they finshed fourth in the table.

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Post by whocares on Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:19 am

Not to excuse Novès but at some point think he had 19 players out on injuries from his 45 player list. That said his special summer training camp was a total failure with most players starting the season completely unfit.

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Post by sensisball on Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:09 am

Good point about the "special" training for his chosen squad. You probably read the piece where Remi Lamera complained about being undercooked for the start of this season, implying that his current injuries were caused by the french "fitness" regime.

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Post by Shifty on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:37 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:Jacques Brunel in (not to be confused with Jean-Jacques Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2017/12/27/france-part-ways-head-coach-guy-noves-dire-run-results-jacques/

Guy Noves has been sacked as France head coach after less than two years, having won only seven of his 21 Tests in charge.

Noves will be replaced as head coach by Jacques Brunel, the former Italy head coach currently in charge of Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles, on a contract running until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Anyone with half a brain could see this was never going to work from the start.
Putting Noves in charge was akin to putting Alex Ferguson in charge of Scotland after he had retired from Manchester United.
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:55 pm

Sounds like the french union are trying to get away without paying a severance as well. Could get messy.

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Post by kingelderfield on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:34 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:Jacques Brunel in (not to be confused with Jacques Brel)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2017/12/27/france-part-ways-head-coach-guy-noves-dire-run-results-jacques/

Guy Noves has been sacked as France head coach after less than two years, having won only seven of his 21 Tests in charge.

Noves will be replaced as head coach by Jacques Brunel, the former Italy head coach currently in charge of Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles, on a contract running until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11PIXoqJvcY

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Post by doctor_grey on Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:34 pm

Never liked the guy since the Florian Fritz episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrWDOZmhqmg

Made me wonder how many other players Noves put out there when they should not have been playing. There had to be many more. Hope he never lands another job, even cleaning urinals (though that would be appropriate).

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Post by rugbybanter on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:45 am

the problem with the French National rugby union first XV squad is that they don't do well if they aren't playing with their own lot (i.e French players) not players eligible by way of residency, players of convenience. If you look at the current selection it is anything but French and it is not rugby that is shaping this selection. Fortunately they have now realised this and are making the necessary changes to strengthen their core once again. France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!

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Post by rugbybanter on Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:46 am

France will win the next rugby world cup (but only if they have their own players)!

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:25 am

Doubt they ll improve enough in 2 just years.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:22 am

rugbybanter wrote:France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!

Would have been a shame to not see Benazzi or Blanco play international rugby.


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Post by lostinwales on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:40 pm

bet RB voted Brexit

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Post by Rugby Fan on Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:53 pm

McGeechan noted recently that a number of coaches in the news are aged 60-70 (Noves, Brunel, Gaffney). Carwyn James and Clive Woodward were in their early forties when they took on top coaching jobs.

There's nothing wrong with older coaches but there ought to be a good pool of guys in their thirties who can take on top jobs below Test level, and decent qualified candidates in their forties who could be considered for international appointments.

Think the sport improves when new ideas have a chance to fail.

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Post by Exiledinborders on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:24 pm

rugbybanter wrote:the problem with the French National rugby union first XV squad is that they don't do well if they aren't playing with their own lot (i.e French players) not players eligible by way of residency, players of convenience. If you look at the current selection it is anything but French and it is not rugby that is shaping this selection. Fortunately they have now realised this and are making the necessary changes to strengthen their core once again. France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!
Why is a player born in France more suited to play for them than a player born anywhere else who learned their rugby playing in France? Do French maternity wards insert flair by some secret process?

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Post by propdavid_london on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:20 am

New French setup just before the 6 Nations will add even more uncertainty and un-predictability to the way the French might play - great!
They will probably smash everyone now!

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Post by beshocked on Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:55 am

Noves was brought in past his sell by date. Not surprised he's gone.

Don't think Brunel is going to be much better.

Should have got Cotter in, I know it goes against French pride to bring in a foreign coach but a foreigner in charge has worked for other countries.

French rugby reminds me of English football - deciding to pick inferior domestic coaches instead of looking abroad. Too many foreigners in the league etc.

I still find it kind of ironic that a lot of France's success in the early 2000s was partly thanks to an English defence coach....

Hiring an English defence coach has been shown to be not such a bad thing generally...

Even the NZers saw the logic of using Dave Ellis in 2005 vs the Lions.

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Post by rugbybanter on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:05 am

they've improved enough in 15 minutes of rugby in previous world cups to cause an upset, i wouldn't put it past them!



No 7&1/2 wrote:Doubt they ll improve enough in 2 just years.

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Post by rugbybanter on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:14 am

i'm talking about the deliberate fast tracking of non French players into the national XV for reasons other than their ability! Current admin' are getting rid of this practice as it has weakened the core of their National development over the past 10 years. 2007 was their last decent world cup effort. They should have been finalists on at least one of the two occasions between 2007 and 2016 !



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rugbybanter wrote:France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!

Would have been a shame to not see Benazzi or Blanco play international rugby.


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Post by rugbybanter on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:17 am


the French will never bring in an outsider to coach their National team , in fact they will probably rid their entire National selection of anything that isn't at least second generation French, i don't think they want them or need them for that matter!


beshocked wrote:Noves was brought in past his sell by date. Not surprised he's gone.

Don't think Brunel is going to be much better.

Should have got Cotter in, I know it goes against French pride to bring in a foreign coach but a foreigner in charge has worked for other countries.

French rugby reminds me of English football - deciding to pick inferior domestic coaches instead of looking abroad. Too many foreigners in the league etc.

I still find it kind of ironic that a lot of France's success in the early 2000s was partly thanks to an English defence coach....

Hiring an English defence coach has been shown to be not such a bad thing generally...

Even the NZers saw the logic of using Dave Ellis in 2005 vs the Lions.

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Post by rugbybanter on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:22 am


No they just don't like playing with "others" as part of their National fabric! Simple fact talk to any of the brilliant French players of the past and they will all agree.


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rugbybanter wrote:the problem with the French National rugby union first XV squad is that they don't do well if they aren't playing with their own lot (i.e French players) not players eligible by way of residency, players of convenience. If you look at the current selection it is anything but French and it is not rugby that is shaping this selection. Fortunately they have now realised this and are making the necessary changes to strengthen their core once again. France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!
Why is a player born in France more suited to play for them than a player born anywhere else who learned their rugby playing in France?  Do French maternity wards insert flair by some secret process?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:33 am

What is shaping the selection if it is not on their ability as you say?

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Post by nlpnlp on Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:11 am

The problem with the French selection is that the coach picks players they like rather than the best players, picks them out of position and have no or the wrong game plan.

I have had a house in France for 28 years and I would say out of that time France have had the 'best' team of playing talent for most of those years. They have simply been hampered by poor coaches. The old myth of French players not travelling is rubbish - Sebastian Chabal, Raphael Ibanez, Louis Picamoles, etc have all shown they can play to their best whilst abroad.

France just need a coach who picks the best players (Morgan Parra) in their correct positions, with a game plan that suits them.

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Post by rugbybanter on Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:51 pm


It can only be a good thing for world Rugby for there to be real rugby people back in the game. French rugby are getting their administration back to where it should be with ex Internationals and the like becoming more involved in the game again. Looking forward to this years six Nations competition & some top level rugby!


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whocares wrote:Noves case is a bit of a novelty (no pun intended) as he is the first France head coach to be sacked.
Brunel will still coach UBB for one more game and then move. He is a Laporte man and was probably the only experienced coach available anyway. Regarding his staff it is a bit more tricky : I read that Azéma and Collazo were offered the job but both refused. Apparently it is Galthié (bad news) and Bruno + Bonnaire who would get the assistant jobs. Others saying that there will be a rotation between Top14 coaches - even weirder given the possibility of conflict of interests that this will create.

Sounds like a complete nightmare. You just know that out of this chaos France are going to have to have a good 6N

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Post by lostinwales on Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:11 pm

rugbybanter wrote:
It can only be a good thing for world Rugby for there to be real rugby people back in the game. French rugby are getting their administration back to where it should be with ex Internationals and the like becoming more involved in the game again. Looking forward to this years six Nations competition & some top level rugby!

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Yeah cos rugby administrators like Serge Blanco never got near a rugby pitch when they were younger.

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Post by doctor_grey on Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:29 pm

Exiledinborders wrote:
rugbybanter wrote:the problem with the French National rugby union first XV squad is that they don't do well if they aren't playing with their own lot (i.e French players) not players eligible by way of residency, players of convenience. If you look at the current selection it is anything but French and it is not rugby that is shaping this selection. Fortunately they have now realised this and are making the necessary changes to strengthen their core once again. France has an incredible amount of depth in its rugby and there is no need for them to source outsiders , in fact it makes absolutely no sense having players that are not born in France, representing them at first class National level!
Why is a player born in France more suited to play for them than a player born anywhere else who learned their rugby playing in France?  Do French maternity wards insert flair by some secret process?
Yes, back in the old days when France actually played with grace, style, and flair, when their women were trying to get pregnant they would call me..................

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