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Noves fired as France coach and replaced by Brunel

Noves fired as France coach and replaced by Brunel

France rugby coach Guy Noves has been fired two years after taking the job and replaced by Jacques Brunel.

French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte announced the decision at a news conference on Wednesday.

Brunel coached Italy from 2012-16 and coached the France forwards as an assistant coach from 2001-07. During that period, France won the Six Nations four times — including the Grand Slam in 2004. As a club coach, Brunel guided Perpignan to the French title in 2009.

Last month, Laporte gave Noves a tough challenge to win three of the four November tests. France lost twice to New Zealand and once to South Africa. It almost became four defeats as Japan was a missed conversion from beating France for the first time in a 23-23 draw.