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France make history just weeks ahead of Six Nations opener

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With Christmas done and dusted for another year, and the New Year fast approaching, all eyes in the rugby world turn to the Six Nations.

The annual competition gets underway in February, as Eddie Jones' men look to retain the trophy they deservedly won in 2017.

England only lost once during this year's tournament, losing their last game to Ireland after already securing the trophy.

However, there has been some rather surprising news coming out of the French rugby camp heading into the Six Nations which has taken the spotlight away from England.

Guy Noves has been sacked as France coach and replaced by Jacques Brunel, the French Rugby Federation has announced.

Noves endured a torrid two-year spell in charge, managing just seven wins from 21 matches.

That led FFR president Bernard Laporte to act, with Noves becoming the first Les Bleus boss in history to be axed.

Former Italy coach Brunel, 63, has been named as his successor, leaving his role with Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles to sign a deal until the 2019 World Cup.

The decision comes just five weeks before France face Ireland in their NatWest Six Nations opener.

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France finished in third place during the 2017 tournament, winning three games and losing the other two.

They lost 19-16 to England, and also fell to a 19-9 defeat to Ireland.

All eyes will be on Brunel come the Six Nations, but for Noves, his forgettable reign as French head coach is officially over.

France start their Six Nations in February at home to Ireland, before heading to Scotland in the second week.

From there, they then host Italy and England back-to-back, before completing the tournament with a trip to Wales.

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