Ibanez extends until 2028

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France XV manager Raphaël Ibanez announced on Tuesday night on Europa 1 that he has extended his contract with the French Rugby Federation until 2028.

Raphaël Ibanez and the XV of France, it’s a love story that lasts! The former whore, already selected 98 times with the Blues when he was still a player, will remain France’s national coach until 2028. He announced this himself on Tuesday evening Europe 1. “It works well, so I’m going to extend the adventure. This adventure is the most beautiful, the most intense that one can imagine, that one can experience. So here it is, I signed until June 2028. It is the greatest sporting adventure if you are passionate about rugby and if you are into the action and dedication “, announced the soon-to-be 50-year-old manager, who is currently going through difficult times, with the announcement a few weeks ago of the leukemia of his son Matéo (22), who plays for Blagnac.

A little movement in the staff of the Blues

Raphaël Ibanez was appointed in this managerial position by the President of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte in 2020, until the 2023 World Cup. But since everything is going well for France’s XV, on and off the field, Raphaël Ibanez’s contract will therefore be extended, just like that of coach Fabien Galthié (until 2027) and several staff members. Vlok Cilliers (footwork specialist), Shaun Edwards (defense coach) and William Servat (scramble coach) have also extended their tenures until the 2027 World Cup in Australia. Thibault Giroud (performance director) joins Bordeaux-Bègles and Yannick Bru after the World Cup in France, while Karim Ghezal (head coach) and Laurent Labit (attack coach) leave to train Stade French. While Laurent Sempéré, currently at the Stade Français, will replace Ghezal at the Blues, Fabien Galthié is still looking for a replacement for Labit (Pierre Mignoni, asked, has decided to stay loyal to Toulon) and Giroud.


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