Brunel to replace Mallett as Italy coach

Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel will take over from Nick Mallet as Italy coach after the 2011 Rugby World Cup later this year.


Press in France are reporting that Brunel told his Perpignan squad that he will replace Nick Mallet after the game’s showpiece in New Zealand.


The Italian Rugby Federation have neither confirmed nor have they denied the appointment.


Former Biarritz and Stade Francais coach Jacques Delmas has already been linked to Perpignan as Brunel’s replacement

Brunel led Perpignan to the French Top 14 title in 2009 and then last season
under Brunel Perpignan lost to Clermont in the final.

Brunel was assistant coach to Bernard Laporte from 2001 to 2007 with France
team and in that time they reached two World Cup semi-finals and lost both Semis
to England.

Brunel said he was in advanced talks with the Italian rugby federation and
was expected to sign a four-year deal shortly which would take him up until
2015 World Cup.

“I’ve thought about it for many weeks but this Italian offer is unique
at my age,” the 57-year-old Perpignan coach told AFP.

“It will certainly be the last that I can take on. I want to seize this
opportunity.”

There has been no mention of where former South Africa coach Nick Mallet will go to after the Rugby world cup but it is known that his Italian contract would end after the Rugby World Cup which runs from September the 9th to October the 23rd.

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