Noves tipped to take over as France head coach

Top 14 Giants Toulon’s head coach Toulon Guy Noves has been tipped to take over from Philippe Saint-Andre after the Rugby World Cup.

Sixty-one-year-old Noves is set to take up the post in November after fighting off competition from Bordeaux-Begles manager Raphael Ibanez amongst others, according to respected sports daily L’Equipe and radio station RMC.

A vote to decide the successor to current coach Philippe Saint-Andre was carried out in a secret ballot at the French Rugby Federation (FFR) headquarters on Friday.

The FFR have announced they will make the decision official on Sunday following the Top 14 playoff clash between Toulouse and Oyonnax who meet on Saturday.

Noves is set to be joined by current forwards coach Yannick Bru and Stade Francais backs’ coach Jean-Frederic Dubois.

Former England coach Clive Woodward, who won the 2003 World Cup, was also believed to have been in the running as well as former Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie.

Noves, a former player with Toulouse and coach since 1975, has won 12 French titles, including two as a player, as well as four European Cups in a glittering career.

Toulouse are still in the running for a 20th French championship but must first overcome the challenge of Oyonnax if they want to keep their bid alive.

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