Woodward made approach to France

Date published: May 18 2015

Former England head coach Clive Woodward put himself forward to the FFR over the soon-to-be vacant role with France.

Woodward emerged as a surprise candidate on Monday to become France's next head coach, with eight in the running for the job after Philippe Saint-André steps down.

Most famous for coaching England to Rugby World Cup success in 2003, Woodward has been acting as a pundit in the UK media and not held a major coaching position in rugby since the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour.

A source told the Press Assocation that Woodward has 'a burning desire' to get back into international coaching.

"Clive Woodward met with FFR officials and explained to them just how much he wants to come back to full-time coaching.

"He told them he has a burning desire to come back and show what he can do, and he asked to be considered seriously for the role.

"It seems that Clive initiated contact, but as a result the decision-makers wasted little time in organising a meeting."