Jean-Claude Skrela

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Jean-Claude Skrela
Date of birth (1949-10-01) 1 October 1949 (age 64)
Place of birth Colomiers, France
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg)
Notable relative(s) David Skrela
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
FC Auch Gers
Toulouse
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1971-1978 France 46
Coaching career
Years Club / team
1985-1989
1989-1995
1995-1999
Toulouse
US Colomiers
France
correct as of 2007-10-14.
Rugby union career

Jean-Claude Skrela (born October 1, 1949 in Colomiers, Haute-Garonne) is a former coach of the French national rugby union team. His son, David Skrela, is a French rugby union player and his daughter, Gaëlle Skrela, is a professional basketball player.

The son of Polish refugees, he played rugby union for Toulouse. He played 46 times for France as a back row forward, culminating in a Five Nations Grand Slam in 1977. He also scored the first four-point try in a major Test match on November 20, 1971, when he charged down a kick from Australian fullback Arthur McGill.[1]

Skrela took over as national team coach from Pierre Berbizier after the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Despite France's historic 43-31 victory over the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final at Twickenham, Skrela was heavily criticised for his team's performance in the early part of the 1999 World Cup. The French went on to lose the 6 November final to 35-12 Australia - the largest margin of any of the four tournaments to date.

He went on to coach the national side to their first-ever back-to-back Grand Slams in 1997 and 1998, before France slumped to the wooden spoon in 1999.

He resigned and was replaced by Bernard Laporte at the end of 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] First five-point try, England at Twickenham and the origins of a No.8

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
France Pierre Berbizier
French National Rugby Union Coach
1995 – 1999
Succeeded by
France Bernard Laporte