10 Dec 2011

France rugby coach names assistants

7:20 am on 10 December 2011

France's new rugby coach Philippe Saint-Andre has unveiled his backroom staff, naming fellow former players Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet as his assistants.

Saint-Andre, who previously coached Toulon, Sale and Gloucester, starts his international coaching career against Italy at the Stade de France in a Six Nations clash in February.

As expected, ex-Toulouse hooker Bru takes the forwards coaching role with Lagisquet leaving Biarritz to oversee the backs.

Antoine Marin will replace Jo Maso as team manager, the latter taking over as head of the selection committee after 16 years in his previous role.

Saint-Andre said he could call up other specialist coaches, notably in the build-up to the next World Cup in England in 2015.