French clubs have given their blessing for the National Federation to organize an international window of five games at the end of the year instead of the traditional three due to the interruption of activity by the coronavirus earlier this year.
The support of both the Top 14 and Pro D2 clubs came the same day that the president of the entity, Bernard Laporte, the recently elected vice president of World Rugby, declared his intention to go for a second term as president in the coming years. October elections.
“In the exceptional context of the health crisis, the club presidents unanimously confirmed that they were ready for the international fall period to be extended to five weeks, allowing the organization of five international matches,” the LNR statement stated.
Furthermore, in the same report it was communicated that the clubs are ready to renew, as part of a global agreement with the FFR, the request established during the Six Nations 2020 to optimize the preparation conditions according to the request for the French national team ( 42 players Monday through Thursday, then 28 players starting Thursday afternoon).
Meanwhile, Laporte explained in an AFP interview why he will compete in the French elections in October: “I waited for the general assembly on Saturday, the last one before the elections, to see what the clubs thought about it. When I saw the plebiscite that we had, he encouraged me and my team to continue “