Not long ago, the image was a science fiction novel. In front of the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the president of the National Rugby League (LNR), the captains of the French team holding the Six Nations Tournament trophy line up with a smile. First of all, Bruce had been sluggish for 10 years and couldn’t claim the title until he was inspired by Fabien Galthié two and a half years ago to come back. But at the same time, the two institutions clashed over a player offering issue.
The victory at the Six Nations Tournament on Saturday, March 19th was, above all, a solid win on the pitch. However, it is mainly due to the fact that Captain Antoine Dupont’s partner has benefited from a favorable situation for two years.
After years of disagreement between the increasingly strong ProClub, which supports economic and sporting health, and the French less influential XV on them, the two institutions have a common foundation. I found. From now on, the entire hexagonal ellipse will serve the blues.
“The French team is a showcase of French rugby, it’s clear.”Welcomes Bernard Laporte, President of FFR “Intelligence of NRL and Club Leaders”.. “This excellent dynamics of the blues is due to the collective desire to move forward together.” René Bouscatel, president of LNR, claims.
“Some clubs are making huge sacrifices.”
French XV coach Fabien Galthié and his general manager Raphaël Ibaens had 31 predecessors when they took office at the end of 2019 after strong negotiations. Forty-two players can now participate in the conference. An important step in allowing Bruce to function gently. The urgency of a performance at the World Cup at home, which is approaching 2023, is also a luxury.
“” Obviously, there were counterparties to pay, and some clubs made a huge sacrifice, but they were able to accept it. “, René Bouscatel is careful. In addition to the duplication of the International Calendar and the Top 14 Calendar, some teams, such as Stade Toulousain, the largest international provider, have also reversed their agenda with the postponement of the meeting by Covid-19. However, in the name of the best interests of the French XV, the clubs involved have not complained about the absence of players compensated by the league.
If Antoine Dupont and others, under an agreement between FFR and LNR, can rest for weeks without a match in a tournament and arrive in top form in the final match of the tournament, their predecessor Did not have that chance.Former coach Philippe Saint-Andre urged in 2015: “French rugby is questioning itself to give players a way.”
“In difficult times, we were a bit like experimental rats.I regretted the former captain of XV of France Guillem, who was interviewed at RMC on Friday, March 18th. I get the impression that the solution was found by giving priority to the French team, which is a protected player. We were out every weekend. »»
Because Bruce and Top 14 know “Battle for years”To summarize Bernard Laporte. “For 10 years, the league was in command, but until 2016. [année de son élection], The federation had little to say. »» Contrary to former LNR president Paul Goes, a former coach of Bruce claims he fought for the French team. “It’s the last circle of professional rugby coaches.” Find that place. In the March 2021 general election, Rene Buscatel, who focused a short campaign on warming the relationship between the two organizations, accelerated the appeasement policy.
“now you [les Français] There is the luxury of having 42 players to prepare. The club works with the federation, so there is no excuse anymore. “Claimed England coach Eddie Jones before the 2022 tournament began. The entire Tricolor rugby has been put into battle. And that should continue until the World Cup in the fall of 2023.