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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  • Conflict Of Interest Storm Brewing For Laporte

    A storm is brewing in France as FFR president Bernard Laporte's alleged conflict of interest case has been sent to the public prosecutor by sports minister Laura Flessel. An official investigation was commissioned after press reports of Laporte influencing a federation appeals committee to reduce penalties imposed on the Montpellier club owned by Mohed Altrad. Montpellier was found to have not controlled fans who displayed banners protesting the Racing-Stade Francais merger in April 2016. The cl...

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  • Police Raid FFR Offices And Laporte's Home

    The heat has been turned up on the investigation into alleged conflict of interest at the FFR after police raided the Federation’s offices in Marcoussis, Paris on Tuesday this week. The home of FFR president Bernard Laporte was also searched by order of the national financial prosecutors office according to L'Equipe newspaper. Laporte has denied allegations he influenced the rugby federation's appeals process to reduce a fine to be paid by Montpelier, the club owned by Mohed Altrad with whom L...

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  • Altrad's €35M Sponsorship To Proceed Despite LNR Concerns

    ... Altrad Group this week despite the LNR (the body representing pro clubs in France) requesting more time to investigate potential conflicts. The five year deal worth a reported €7 million (£6.2m) per year will run until the 2023 Rugby World Cup. FFR’s Bernard Laporte has stated that their ethics committee had found that the new deal with Altrad would not create a conflict of interests and said he would take note of the report’s recommendations “to ensure a sense of impartiality”. Lapo...

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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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  • €2M Unfair Dismissal Case Looms For FFR

    ... law," says Guy Novès, who said he had "not been called to an interview prior to this decision and therefore never knew the reasons that could justify it or provide any explanation for his defense.” "The noticed served by post indicates that president Bernard Laporte made this decision after a month of reflection. But the main issue to consider is that he has dispensed with the compulsory legal procedure". Noves, says the report, suspects that the FFR are taking a position to avoid paying sev...

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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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  • 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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