Jean-Claude Skrela

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Jean-Claude Skrela
Date of birth (1949-10-01) 1 October 1949 (age 67)
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
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1971-1978 France 46 ()
Teams coached
Years Team
US Colomiers
Correct as of 2007-10-14

Jean-Claude Skrela (born 1 October 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 (father came from the village Kobiela[disambiguation needed], the mother of the village Charbinowice), 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 20 November 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.


  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