Live

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby
Advertisement

Sport

France to appoint Ibanez as manager

The France coaching ticket is continuing to take shape ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup ...



The France coaching ticket is continuing to take shape ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup in September, with Raphael Ibanez poised to be appointed team manager.

Ibanez will work alongside head coach-in-waiting, Fabien Galthié. The 46-year old former Bordeaux-Begles coach has been working as a pundit for France 2 and the BBC in recent years, often alongside Galthié.

Former Toulon head coach Galthié is in line to replace Jacques Brunel as France head coach, after their World Cup campaign in Japan. While his appointment is yet to formally be confirmed, that of Ibanez appears a lot closer, as he's quoted by AFP as saying he'd been offered the role as team manager by FFR President Bernard Laporte, "and I said yes to the job of manager."

France's Raphael Ibanez during the RBS 6 Nations match, Ireland vs France at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland on February 11, 2007. France won 20-17.

Ibanez was capped 98 times for France as a player, helping Les Bleus win back-to-back Grand Slam titles in 1997 and 1998. After initially retiring from international rugby in 2003, he was coaxed back into the fold by Laporte in the summer of 2005. He would go on to captain the side during the 2007 Six Nations, a stint that included France becoming the first visiting nation to play rugby at Croke Park.

The 46-year old had only this month committed to working as assistant coach with New Zealand side Thames Valley for this season's Heartland Championship, and may still continue in that position.

As team manager with France, Ibanez will act as a link-man between Galthié's coaching staff and the players and their clubs. It's a position that is currently unoccupied, but one Laporte entrusted to Jo Maso between 1999 and 2007.

Laporte looks set to add even more experience to the coaching ticket, with Wales' defence coach Shaun Edwards being lined-up for a similar role according to Sud-Ouest. Racing coach Laurent Labit will look after the half-backs, Lyon assistant Karim Ghezal the forwards, and Thibault Giroud the strength and conditioning aspect.

Everyone’s in the Team Of Us.

Vodafone. The Official Sponsor of the Irish Rugby Team.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to OTB Sports's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Edwards France Galthie Ibanez Rugby Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 Wales World Cup

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on