Svenska Rugbyförbundet


Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 19, 2003 19:39 CEST

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Internationella Rugbyförbundet har utsett Pierre Villepreuz till Regional Developement Manager i Europa att efterträda Robert Antonin. Pierre har varit en sejour i Sverige och dessutom varit förbundskapten för Frankrike (under VM 99 och två Grand Slam 97 o 98).

The International Rugby Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre Villepreux as one of two IRB Regional Development Managers for Europe.

Currently National Technical Director for the FFR, Villepreux will join the IRB in January 2004. Villepreux, capped 37 times for France, was the National French Coach (2 Grand Slams in 97 and 98, RWC finalist in 99).

Pierre Villepreux said: “I am looking forward to working for the IRB as it an exciting challenge for me. The world development policy implemented by the IRB is fully in line with what rugby is and should be and what is required for our Game. My ambition is to use my experience as a former player, coach and technical director, to help the development of the European Nations and assist them in their projects. I also appreciate this nomination is an acknowledgement of a Union, the FFR, and its work. I was very pleased to be nominated as the IRB RDM for Europe”.

As part of the International Rugby Board’s regional policy and to facilitate the development programme, the IRB appointed Regional Development Managers (RDM’s) in each of the five regions in 2001.

Geoff Evans, the IRB’s Head of Rugby Development said “We are extremely fortunate to be able to employ someone of Pierre’s experience and standing within the game. He is renowned throughout the World for his rugby philosophy and I am sure that when he becomes a member of the Development team in 2004 we will all benefit”.

“The IRB’s regionalisation policy is designed to encourage and foster a spirit of co-operation between the individual unions in a region while also assisting with the development of competitions. On a broader scale the IRB is also active in promoting competitions which cross regional boundaries.”

Villepreux will assist in co-coordinating and managing development programmes, and together with individual unions, he will facilitate the training and development of coaches and referees throughout Europe. These coaches and referees, in turn, are responsible for the game in their own countries.


1999-2003 National Technical Director for the FFR

1993-1999 Limoges University. In charge of the Rugby Elite Centre (for young players)

1992-1992 Secondary School Cabanis in Brive (mission for Jean Fabre, study of sports in universities)

1991-1992 Coach for Treviso Club

1987-1991 Seconded by the Teaching Academy of Toulouse for the management and the organisation of high level sport in schools and universities

1985-1987 Training for Superior PE Teaching Diploma

1978-1981 National Technical Director and National Coach for the Italian RU


1997-1999 National Coach (2 Grand Slams in 97 and 98, RWC finalist in 99)

1992-1994 Sports Director CA Brive Corrèze

1991-1992 Champion of Italy with Treviso

1982-1991 Stade Toulousain Coach

French Champion in 85, 86 and 89

French Cup in 84

Challenge Du Manoir in 90

1963-1965 Player for CA Brive Corrèze and

1965-1974 Player for Stade Toulousain

37 caps for France

Selected in the World Team (RFU centenary)


1970 5 Nations winner

1968 Grand Slam (5 Nations)