Laporte persuaded to stay on by his players

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Bernard Laporte today confirmed he would be staying on as France coach until the 2007 World Cup.

French Rugby Federation president Bernard Lapasset officially announced that the former Stade Francais boss will stay in charge of Les Bleus until the 2007 tournament which will be staged on home soil.

Laporte was originally appointed in 1999 and led Les Bleus to the RBS Six Nations title in 2002 as well as a total of 28 wins, one draw and 19 defeats in 48 international matches.

Despite the disappointment caused by France's 24-7 defeat by eventual winners England in the semi-finals of this year's World Cup, Laporte was given the backing of Lapasset as well as many French players.