April 26, 2019 / 12:22 PM / a month ago

Rugby - Ibanez to become French team manager - reports

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux-Begles - European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Two - Sandy Park - 15/16 - 21/11/15 Bordeaux coach Raphael Ibanez/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Former captain Raphael Ibanez said on Friday he would be appointed France team manager after this year’s World Cup, a role that had not been filled since Jo Maso left in 2011.

“I will not make specific comments in the coming days on that subject but after an interview yesterday with the federation president (Bernard Laporte), I have said yes to the team as manager,” Ibanez told AFP, confirming a report from Sud Ouest newspaper.

Another former France captain, Fabien Galthie, has been widely tipped to succeed head coach Jacques Brunel, who will leave after the World Cup in Japan.

Ibanez, 46, played for France from 1996 to 2007.

The French rugby federation was not immediately reachable for comment.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

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