The Fédération Française de Rugby (FRR) has shortlisted eight candidates to be interviewed for the role of Head Coach of the XV de France.
The seven-man committee charged with appointing the successor to incumbent coach Philippe Saint-André received 66 applications from which eight candidates were chosen at a meeting at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis on Wednesday.
The selected candidates will be interviewed in the month of May when they will be asked to present their project in more detail, according to an FFR statement.
"In order to respect the confidentiality of the appointment process requested by some candidates, no public announcement of their identities will be made by the federation," read the statement.
The committee is chaired by FFR President Pierre Camou and is composed of Serge Blanco, Jean Dunyach, Jean-Pierre Lux, Jo Maso, Didier Retière and Jean-Claude Skrela.
Current Toulouse Guy Novès is being tipped to take over as the next France coach having overtaken Raphaël Ibanez as favourite for the job.
Ibanez seemed to be nailed on for the role earlier this season, but Novès has since emerged as a serious candidate, and looks set to be offered the position he turned down four years ago according to widespread reports in the French press.