It looks like Guy Noves’ time in charge of France is coming to an end.
Noves, who took over from Philippe Saint-André after the 2015 World Cup has had mixed fortunes thus far in his tenure as head coach of Les Bleus.
The former Toulouse head coach secured just two wins in the 2016 Six Nations but then backed that up the following year with three wins which secured France’s highest Six Nations finish since 2011.
However, a 2017 white-wash series defeat to South Africa during the summer heaped more pressure on an under-performing team which wasn’t further helped by an underwhelming November series which yielded losses to the All Blacks and the Springboks and a draw with Japan.
Such results are always going to raise speculation about a head coach’s future, especially when it comes to the volatile nature of the French national team and according to a report in Midi Olympique, FFR President Bernard Laporte is set to speak to the media on December 27 which could confirm the fate of Noves.
It is understood that Bordeaux’s Jacques Brunel is favourite to succeed Noves. The 63-year-old is currently the forwards coach for Bordeaux and it is reported that he will be accompanied by two coaches plying their trade in the Top 14 to make up the new coaching ticket ahead of the 2018 Six Nations.