The manager of the XV of France Raphaël Ibanez announced this Tuesday evening on Europe 1 that he had 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 hooker, already selected 98 times with the Blues when he was a player, will be the manager of the France team until 2028. He himself announced it this Tuesday evening on Europe 1. “It’s working 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’s the greatest sporting adventure when you’re passionate about rugby and when you’re in the action and in the commitment “, 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 had been appointed to this post of manager by the president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte in 2020, until the 2023 World Cup. But as everything is going well for the XV of France, on and outside the field, Raphaël Ibanez’s contract is therefore extended, like that of coach Fabien Galthié (until 2027) and several members of the staff. Vlok Cilliers (footwork specialist), Shaun Edwards (defense coach) and William Servat (scramble coach) have also extended their tenure until the 2027 World Cup in Australia. Thibault Giroud (performance director) will join Bordeaux-Bègles and Yannick Bru after the World Cup in France, while Karim Ghezal (key coach) and Laurent Labit (attack coach) will leave to train the Stade French. While Laurent Sempéré, currently at the Stade Français, will replace Ghezal with the Blues, Fabien Galthié is still looking for a replacement for Labit (Pierre Mignoni, requested, has decided to remain faithful to Toulon) and Giroud.