13 Sep 2011

Former France coach to take over at Toulon

5:59 am on 13 September 2011

The former France coach Bernard Laporte has been appointed Toulon rugby manager in place of Philippe St Andre who is taking charge of the national team.

St Andre, who will lead Toulon for the last time in the Top 14 on Saturday, will become France coach after the World Cup in place of Marc Lievremont.

Laporte, 47, coached France from 1999 to 2007, leading them to two Six Nations grand slams in 2002 and 2004.

He became French junior minister for Sports from 2007-09.