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Mignot to join France coaching staff as assistant for scrummaging and contact area

Gaelle Mignot

Former France captain Gaëlle Mignot will join the coaching staff of Les Bleues as they build towards the 2021 World Cup.

The former hooker led France to the Grand Slam in 2014 and was also at the helm as they won the title in 2016.

She began coaching while still playing for club side Montpellier, before calling time on her playing career in 2021.

Mignot will join the France staff as assistant coach in charge of scrummaging and the contact area.

The other new face is former Agen forwards coach David Ortiz, who will come in as assistant coach in charge of the lineout and defence.

The pair will replace Samuel Cherouk and Stéphane Eymard who have stepped down since the end of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

Les Bleues finished second after a campaign that saw them win their first four games before falling to eventual champions England 24-12 in the final game in Bayonne.

France will be in the same pool as England at the World Cup in New Zealand as they look to earn their revenge on the Red Roses.