According to French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique, Toulouse coach Guy Novès has been chosen by the FFR to take over as the new France head coach after the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The newspaper believes that Novès will be announced in the role this Sunday afternoon by the FFR's president Pierre Camou.

If the reports prove true, Novès will have beaten Bordeaux-Bègles' Raphaël Ibanez, Montpellier's Fabien Galthié and former England 2003 World Cup winning-coach Clive Woodward to the position.

Philippe Saint-André will continue in the role until the end of the Rugby World Cup but will not have his contract renewed.

It is reported that each of the candidates underwent two-hour interviews between 15-20 May prior to the FFR making their decision.

Noves - winner of ten Top 14 titles and four European Cups as Toulouse coach - will be assisted in the role by two coaches: Jean-Frédéric Dubois - the Stade Francais backs coach; and Yannick Bru - the current France forwards coach.

Novès' Toulouse face Oyonnax in the Top 14 barrages this Saturday afternoon.