French GM Ibanez extends contract to 2028
NEWS: Raphael Ibanez has extended his contract as general manager of the France rugby team until 2028.
The 49-year-old former France captain took up his post in the autumn of 2020 alongside coach Fabien Galthie, who announced earlier this month that he had extended his contract until 2027, reports Europe 1 radio.
“It’s time to tell you a secret,” Ibanez said. “As it is working well, I’m going to extend the adventure because it’s the most beautiful and the most intense that we can live, so I have signed until June 2028.
“It’s the greatest adventure, when you’re passionate about rugby, when you’re passionate and committed.”
Ibanez made his international debut against Wales in 1996 and went on to win 98 caps for his country. He is the world’s most capped player in his position as hooker, and has played in three World Cups.
He has won two Grand Slams with France and two 6 Nations tournaments. In the UK, Raphael Ibanez played for Saracens and then London Wasps.
France will begin the defence of their Six Nations title against Italy on February 5, ahead of hosting the World Cup which begins in September.