Bonnaire among France's assistant appointments

Julien Bonnaire is among three former France internationals to have been named as assistants to new Les Bleus head coach Jacques Brunel.

The ex-Clermont Auvergne forward chalked up 75 appearances for France and started in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final defeat to New Zealand.

Bonnaire will be in charge of France's lineout, while Sebastien Bruno and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde will oversee the scrum and backs respectively.

All three players represented the national team under Bernard Laporte, who is now head of the French Rugby Federation (FFR).

A statement on the FFR's website read: "This innovative backroom staff mixes skills present at the hearts of our clubs and those coming from the federal set-up.

"It will be kept in place and boosted through to the 2019 World Cup. It is the first step for French rugby to rally around the French team."

Brunel was appointed as head coach last week following the dismissal of Guy Noves, who oversaw just seven wins in 21 Tests.

France start life under Brunel in their Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 3.

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