If reports are to be believed, Warren Gatland and John Mitchell are on top of the list of potential coaches to take the helm of the French team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup which will be held in France.
According to RugbyRama, a French publication, Gatland is the preferred candidate after the Kiwi coach successfully guided Wales tot Six Nations Grand Slam title earlier this month.
Gatland’s contract comes to an end at the end of this years World Cup and will then be parting the Welsh Union after a successful period which also saw him take charge of the British and Irish Lions series in 2017.
Mitchell is said to be the second option with the current England’s defense coach not known for being at any team for very long. He joined Eddie Jones’ team at the end of 2017 in an effort to fix the English defense. If the Six Nations is anything to go by, Mitchell seems to be having some success in this task and is fast re-establishing his reputation following his controversial time in South Africa.
France has fallen off the radar within the European rugby playing nations since their appearance in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.
Since then, Ireland, England and Wales have established their dominance within the Six Nations with Scotland also improving significantly which was no better demonstrated than with their incredible 38-38 draw against England a few weeks ago.
The acquisition of Gatland or Mitchell would be a big boost for France who will be desperate to turn their fortunes around and become genuine contenders by 2023.