Former France captain Fabien Galthié could be on his way back into the international fold. It seems increasingly likely that the one-time scrum half will become assistant to under-fire coach Jacques Brunel.

Galthié turned down an approach from Brunel to be his assistant when he took over from Guy Novès in 2017. But he said during the Six Nations that he was happy with the set up as it is.

However, pressure is growing after a poor display in the competition. And, with the World Cup now looming, it seems that a change is imminent.

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Federation – and coach when Galthié was captain – says he would sanction the move. But he told media after the laboured win over Italy that the request must come from Brunel.

Galthié’s career as a coach has seen stints at Stade Francais, Montpellier and Toulon. He is not currently coaching and was in Rome working as a commentator for French television.
Brunel insisted during his press conference on Saturday, that he is satisfied with the current set up.

“I don’t read the press”, he said. “It’s news to me. I’m not aware of that. I have a staff and I am happy with my staff – there has never been any question about that.”

However, the rumours are now gathering momentum. It seems likely that Galthié, who celebrates his 50th birthday today, will be involved at the World Cup. The question now appears to be whether he will join Jean-Baptise Elissalde as assistant or simply replace him.


Written by Colin Renton