French rugby has decided to embrace the turmoil of decisive change. Just five weeks ahead of the 2018 Six Nations, they have acted on the future of head coach Guy Noves - he's been sacked.
Reports emerging last week suggested that the position being held by Noves - and his entire backroom staff - was hanging in the balance.
After two tough years in charge of the side, Noves led the French to just seven wins in 21 matches; a draw with Japan in the November internationals hardly a convincing demonstration of his capabilities.
In a slightly more decisive move, the FFR announced who would be replacing Noves in the same breath. As expected, Jacques Brunel, the Bordeaux head coach who formerly spent five years in charge of Italy, will be tasked with getting France in order for the opening fixture against Ireland on February 3rd.
— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) December 27, 2017