After weeks of administrative battle, the Council of State (highest administrative court of France) just rejected the summary of the National Rugby League (LNR) organizing the Top 14 and questioned the French Rugby Federation (FFR) for the European autumn matches. Barring a cataclysm at the last minute, XV of France will play six games when the clubs did not want to go beyond five.
The League considered that the FFR had made a unilateral decision and went to court to resolve the problem. The Council of State considers that the announcement of this calendar does not constitute a decision in itself but an “intention” of the Federation, for which reason the application of the LNR is considered “inadmissible and therefore must be rejected”.
In a press release, the FFR “welcomes this decision in the interest of French rugby” and assures that “this decision encompasses the XV of France and benefits international players according to the international period from October 19 to October 5. December “as defined by World Rugby Rule 9. “
The National Rugby League and the clubs were prepared to exceptionally accept five international matches, instead of the three initially foreseen at the LNR / FFR convention. The Federation and its president Bernard Laporte stood in their position relying on World Rugby’s recommendations on the six international matches, including France-Ireland, to close the 6 Nations Tournament on October 31, at the Stade de France.
According to the information handled by the French media, the judge of the Conseil d’Etat rejected the request of the League and finally ruled in favor of the federation. In all probability, the League should now abandon the other pending application, namely that of the Administrative Court of Versailles, on the same subject. Obviously, the match between France and Wales will take place on October 24, as well as five other Blues games in the European fall. The war between the League and the French Federation is not over yet, they say in France.