France will not have a foreign coach post 2019 World Cup following a referendum released on Friday where clubs have voted against the idea.
France's next rugby coach will not come from overseas after amateur clubs voted against the idea in a referendum initiated by Laporte, the FFR said on Friday. We have installed direct democracy, and the referendum to associate clubs with important decisions.
The France national side has never had a non-French head coach, but given the team's recent form French Rugby are desperately seeking ways to improve performances before the country hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023.More news: Surveillance video shows violent encounter between police officer and high school student
"The XV of France belongs first to amateur rugby clubs that train our future worldwide players".
"I welcome this democratic decision and, of course, I will respect that choice. To decide this, 59 per cent of the clubs do not want a coach of foreign nationality". "We can move forward serenely to build the necessary conditions with the goal of winning the World Cup in 2023".
"My number one choice was not Warren Gatland, it was was Joe Schmidt because he speaks French like you and I. He coached Clermont, I saw the five (foreign coaches) but I did not engage with any of them".More news: Leicester City vs. Newcastle United - Football Match Report
Sir Clive Woodward and John Mitchell were also thought to be on the FFR's shortlist along with Gatland, while another New Zealander - Montpellier boss Vern Cotter - was also expected to be a contender.
The current Crusaders coach has been linked as an option to join the French backroom team for the World Cup. "Once again, we will try to copy others instead of being proud of who we are", he told Le Parisien, describing it as, "a snub for some talented technicians who do excellent work in their respective clubs, such as the team of Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit, Ugo Mola or Franck Azema".More news: Pistons playoff scenarios in season finale