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Brunel set to take Italy reins
ESPNscrum Staff
January 18, 2011
Perpignan head coach Jacques Brunel, Perpignan v Clermont Auvergne, Top 14, Stade de France, Saint Denis, France, May 29, 2010
Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel is set to succeed Nick Mallett © Getty Images
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Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel is set to succeed Nick Mallett in the Italy hotseat following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup.

According to reports in France, the 57-year-old will see out the season with Perpignan before taking up a 'unique' offer, although nothing has yet been signed with the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR).

"I've thought about it for many weeks but this Italian offer is unique at my age," he told L'Equipe. "It will certainly be the last [job] that I can take on. I want to seize this opportunity."

Brunel has previous experience of international rugby as Bernard Laporte's assistant with the French national team and guided Perpignan to the Top 14 crown in 2009, their first Bouclier de Brennus since 1955.

Mallett, the former Springboks No.8 and coach, succeeded Frenchman Pierre Berbizier as Italy coach following the 2007 World Cup.

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