French football is always to put up a referendum asking amateur clubs to determine whether to appoint an international national team coach.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is one of those being lined up to replace Jacques Brunel after this season’s World Cup, from September to November.

However, France is among the few leading rugby states never to have experienced a coach from outside of their country.

FFR boss Bernard Laporte said that the referendum will occur next month.

Laporte has already written to each of amateur baseball clubs in France asking when they would support the appointment of a non-Frenchman to lead the side into the World Cup on home soil in 20-23.

Each club gets one vote in the referendum occurring between 9 and 11 April. The end outcome will probably be announced on 12 April.

“The 20-23 worldcup is coming. I want to provide maximum possiblity to the French club to win the title in the land,” Laporte said in his letter into the nightclubs.

A frequent practice in most rugby states, but never considered in France.

“As I was devoted to developing a genuine democracy within our Federation and because the XV of France is your own team, I plan to consult you through a referendum on the possibility of appointing [an overseas trainer ].”

Kiwi Gatland is very likely to be in popular when he stands with Wales after the World Cup in Japan, and is also a prime candidate to replace Eddie Jones as England boss.

In Addition to Gatland, England defence coach John Mitchell and England’s World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward are also said to be on the FFR shortlist.

Woodward was an applicant to take the France project in 2015, before missing outside on Guy Noves.

The former Scotland boss Vern Cotter, now at Montpellier, can be expected to take the framework.

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