Jean-Claude Skrela

Jean-Claude Skrela

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
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1971-1978 France 46
Coaching career
Years Club / team
US Colomiers
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.


External links

  • Skrela steps down as French coach (from the BBC)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
France Pierre Berbizier
French National Rugby Union Coach
1995 – 1999
Succeeded by
France Bernard Laporte

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