Bernard Laporte

  • Laporte Becomes FFR President

    Former French sports minister, Bernard Laporte was elected by a landslide to become president of the French Rugby Federation FFR last weekend. Laporte, a former national director of rugby and selector, won 53% of the votes for president of the federation ahead of other candidates: Piere Camou and Alain Doucet. His supporters won a majority of seats on the board of directors. Laporte, head coach at Toulon until the end of last season, has pledged to reform the federation whose administration he r...

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  • France Launches RWC 2023 Bid

    ... ambassadors unveiled to support the bid. France, who last hosted the tournament 10 years ago, will compete with Ireland and South Africa for the 2023 hosting rights. The FFR are lagging behind their rivals, however, as their bid had largely lain dormant until Bernard Laporte was elected the federation's president in December and reaffirmed their desire to tender. "France wants the Rugby World Cup," Laporte said at the launch. "The France2023 bid is backed by 80 percent of French people.This Wor...

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  • Top 14 Rights Up For Grabs Again

    ... but the LNR has confirmed that there will be a maximum of two broadcasters and that the main priority is to increase the league’s exposure in order to ensure that the competition and rugby in France continues to develop. In other French rugby news, Bernard Laporte has revealed 44 commitments as part of his bid to become the next president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and they include a proposal to sell the sponsorship rights to the French national team’s shirt for the first time. Fr...

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  • FFR Break With Tradition On Shirt Sponsorship

    ... famous All Black shirt to an American insurance company in 2012, Les Bleus became the only major national rugby team who chose to continue to take the field with unbranded shirts. Until now. The driving force behind this volte face is new FFR president Bernard Laporte, the former head coach of Les Bleus, who proposed it as part of his successful presidential campaign last year. See full article... France-selling-jersey-sponsorship-first-time...

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  • Beaumont To Stand For World Rugby Presidency

    RFU chairman Bill Beaumont is reportedly set to stand for the presidency of World Rugby later this year, with the present incumbent Bernard Lapasset expected to stand down. The former England captain lost to Lapasset in the December 2011 election but has been canvassing support for his campaign since before the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to reports in Sportcal. It remains unclear whether Lapasset will stand for a third term as he also has responsibilities as co-chairman of Paris...

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  • 2023 Candidates Cry Foul To World Rugby

    ... be the tip of the iceberg when considering the heated exchanges going on behind closed doors of rugby union’s corridors of power in the lead up to the secret ballot at the World Rugby Congress in London next Wednesday (November 15th). FFR president, Bernard Laporte accused World Rugby of incompetence and negligence in putting together a report that was not fit for purpose. The French bid had their value as a host reduced because they had more stringent national laws on doping positives for wh...

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  • IRB Appoint Acting CEO

    International Rugby Board (IRB) chief financial officer Robert Brophy has been appointed acting chief executive of rugby’s global governing body and acting managing director of Rugby World Cup Limited. Appointed by the executive committee, Irishman Brophy will take up his new position on February 1st, while an independent recruitment process for a permanent successor to Mike Miller is conducted. Brophy has served as the IRB’s chief financial officer since 1996 and previously worked for KPMG...

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  • Lapasset To Stand Down

    World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election in May and will step down to focus on his role as co-chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic bid. The Frenchman, who was elected chairman of the global governing body back in 2007 after chairing the organizing committee of the 2007 World Cup prior to that, informed his World Rugby executive committee colleagues of his decision in Dublin on Wednesday morning. Lapasset also previously served as president of the...

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  • Beaumont Misses Out On IRB Top Spot

    Bernard Lapasset (pictured) was re-elected on Monday as chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Lapasset narrowly defeated former England captain Bill Beaumont 14-12 in a vote carried out by the IRB Council members. This will become the Frenchman’s second term in office, which begins on January 1st and is a four year term.   "I am honoured to accept the mandate of the Council to serve as Chairman of the International Rugby Board for another term," Lapasset said in a statement....

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  • 17 Nations Bid To Host Sevens World Series

    International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset has hailed the growth of sevens rugby after 17 national unions submitted tender documents to host a round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2015/16. Tenders were received from unions representing every continent, something that Lapasset claims reflects the growing strength of the sevens game ahead of its inclusion at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio. Lapasset said: "We are delighted wi...

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