Saint-André to coach Cameroon

Date published: February 28 2017

Former France head coach Philippe Saint-André has revealed his next coaching role will be with the Cameroon national side.

Saint-André stepped down as France boss following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when les Bleus went out in the quarter-finals.

His voluntary role will involved helping Cameroon prepare for the African Cup, with their first game coming on May 6 against Nigeria.

“I’m graciously lending a hand for this Africa Cup,” Saint-Andre told AFP.

“There are between 15 and 18 Cameroonians who play in France between the Top 14, the Pro D2, Federale 1, 2 and even 3,” the latter the equivalent to third, fourth and fifth divisions.

“So we’ll try to pull together a team for a nice challenge: to play in front of their home crowd in their capital. Furthermore it’s the federation’s 20th anniversary,” said the former France captain who played at Clermont and Gloucester before embarking on his coaching career.

“The goal will be to take 10 or 12 players, the best would be 15 or so players who ply their trade in France” to add to a similar number who play in Cameroon, said Saint-Andre who will now tour clubs in a bid to convince them to free up their African players for two weeks.

“There are some good players: Agen prop Arsene Nnomo, Olivier Missoup (Racing 92 flanker), Lyon’s Christian Njewel, without talking about Robins Tchale-Watchou (Montpellier).

“There are more forwards than backs but there are lots of good players in France.”

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