The second head coach of France will not be – or every other overseas coach.

It comes after a referendum of the nation’s amateur clubs ruled out a non-Frenchman taking charge.

More than half the nightclubs – 59% – said that they wouldn’t encourage the appointment of a foreigner to replace Jacques Brunel.

The president of the French Federation Bernard Laporte has promised to respect the outcome.

John Mitchell and sir Clive Woodward were thought to be along with Gatland on the shortlist of the FFR, while the other New Zealander – Montpellier boss Vern Cotter – was expected to be a competition.

Gatland is now leaving his position as Wales coach after 1-2 years after the World Cup in Japan and continues to be a leading candidate to replace as England boss.


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