Ex-All Black Cooper to coach Stade Francais next season

 06 Dec 2016 - 14:57

Ex-All Black Cooper to coach Stade Francais next season

AP

Toulouse, France: Ex-All Black Greg Cooper will take over from Argentinian Gonzalo Quesada as head coach of Stade Francais next season, the Top 14 club announced Tuesday.

Cooper, who joined the Parisian club as backs coach this season, signed a three-year contract as "sporting manager" starting at the end of this season, a move Stade described as a "new cycle".

"The decision wasn't easy to take because I'm extremely attached to this club and this squad," said Quesada, who joined Stade in 2013 and led them to the Top 14 title in 2015.

"I'm fully committed to the end of the season and that's the sole thing that concerns me today."

Stade currently sit ninth in the Top 14 after a disappointing start to the season.

Cooper, 51, was capped seven times by the All Blacks at full-back and went on to coaching roles with the Highlanders and Blues in Super Rugby and NEC in Japan.