The French rugby president, Bernard Laporte, revealed that Joe Schmidt was his favorite choice to replace Jacues Brunel as a coach.
There is a Brunel contract up after the World Cup this year, but in a referendum on French clubs 59% voted against the idea of foreign coach hire as a proxy.
Warren Gatland, the Welsh head coach, was thought to have been one of the candidates capable, but Laporte told the French radio station RMC that he had tried to sign Schmidt, which is on her intention to move from rugby after six years with Ireland.
"Warren Gatland wasn't my favorite number, it's Joe Schmidt because he speaks French and you," said Laporte. He sent a clerk to Clermont.
Laporte said he was "going to meet the top five coaches in the world to offer their work" but has not agreed to contracts and "would honor this" for the French clubs. .
“We have to go as fast as possible; I have French coaches on the phone. "