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Future talent: Fabien Galthie (centre) is spearheading significant change in French rugby according to James Coughlan

Future talent: Fabien Galthie (centre) is spearheading significant change in French rugby according to James Coughlan

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Future talent: Fabien Galthie (centre) is spearheading significant change in French rugby according to James Coughlan

The last decade saw perceptions about Ireland's relationship with the French rugby team shift and, when he was covering a clash between the two sides at the Stade de France for RTÉ a couple of seasons ago, former Munster No.8 James Coughlan noted a creeping note of complacency that didn't chime with his own experience.

The Corkman has been working in the French rugby heartlands since he joined Pau in 2014. When he retired, he took up a role coaching with the club, before moving to Aix-en-Provence and then on to Brive, where he assists Jeremy Davidson with the defence at the Top14 club.

All the while he's been studying for a post-grad qualification run by the French rugby union that has brought him into the belly of the beast at the French federation headquarters at Marcoussis.


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