18 Jan 2011

Brunel to take over Italy after World Cup

3:45 pm on 18 January 2011

The former France assistant rugby coach Jacques Brunel will replace Nick Mallett as Italy coach after this year's World Cup.

A report says the 57-year-old has told his present club Perpignan and the players that he'll be ending his four year stint as coach at the end of the present campaign.

Brunel, who guided Perpignan to the French title in 2009 and to last season's final where they lost to Clermont, was assistant coach to Bernard Laporte from 2001 to 2007 which saw them reach the World Cup semi-finals twice, losing on both occasions to England.

Mallett has been in charge of Italy since October 2007 and his contract comes to an end after the World Cup, which is being hosted by New Zealand and runs from September 9th to October 23rd.