Fabien Galthie becomes a member of the French management team before Jacques Brunel is appointed as head coach after the World Cup in Japan
- Fabien Galthie has been named on the management team of the World Cup in France
- He is then ready to defeat the current head coach Jacques Brunel after the tournament
- Former scrum-half earned 64 caps for his country and also captain of Les Blues
Fabien Galthie will join France's management team this summer and take charge of the national team after this year's World Cup.
The 50-year-old former scrum half and captain of Les Bleus – who was named IRB World Player of the Year in 2002 – will play a role in Jacques Brunel's set-up in June, as a stepping stone to assuming control as head coach.
He will be involved in the French World Cup campaign in Japan, where they are in the same pool as England, before taking on the leadership role at the end of this year.
Fabien Galthie will join the management team of France for the World Championship in Japan
His increase by Bernard Laporte, the president of the French rugby federation, comes after the Gallic clubs have been asked to vote on the prospect of a foreign coach appointed to follow Brunel.
Wales & Kiwi head coach Warren Gatland and another New Zealander in charge of a home country – Irish head coach Joe Schmidt – were considered leading candidates, but 59 percent of clubs voted against engaging foreign expertise to To breathe new life into France.
Laporte promised to respond to the poll result, despite the fact that Schmidt was his first first choice for the role. He has remained true to his word by turning to the man he apparently thinks is the best domestic candidate.
Galthie will replace current head coach Jacques Brunel who has experienced a turbulent government
Galthie enjoyed a decorated playing career as a member of the French team that stunned the All Blacks to reach the World Cup Final in 1999. Three years later he led his team to a Grand Slam.
He has had moderately successful coaching hints with Stade Francais and Montpellier, and a shorter, fragile spell in Toulon, interspersed with periods of media knowledge.
The agreement will have an impact on this side of the channel, as the path is free for the RFU to reach Gatland, to take over from Eddie Jones, when the Australian's term of office ends as England's head coach – either after the This year's World Cup or in 2021, when his extended contract expires.