Current Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel has been named by the FIR as the next head coach of the Italian side, taking over after current coach Nick Mallett’s deal comes to an end after the 2011 World Cup to be held in New Zealand starting this September.
Brunel has been in charge at Perpignan since 2007 as well as previously having worked as assistant coach for the French national side.
Whilst there is some time to go before Brunel begins he will begin looking into the team over the next few months.
“I can’t wait to begin this new challenge. Italy is now a great rugby-playing nation, they have played in the Six Nations for more than 10 years and with their participation in the Celtic League they can continue to take steps forward.”
“I will study the national team and Italian rugby over the next few months from afar, paying special attention to how the Azzurri get on at the World Cup.”
“And from the end of the tournament in New Zealand I will start to work directly with the team.”