Rugby – Calendar – International calendar: the NRL evokes a “passage in force”


In a tweet, the League reaffirmed its opposition to an international window extended to six dates this fall. For weeks now, the LNR and its Top 14 clubs have openly opposed an international window of six matches this fall for the XV of France. They are prepared to grant five encounters, instead of three, but no more. An opposition that World Rugby did not take into account by formalizing this famous window this week and therefore an extension of the application of rule 9 of the international body which governs the provision of internationals. In our columns, Friday, Paul Goze, the president of the LNR as well as the presidents of Toulouse (Didier Lacroix) of Toulon (Bernard Lemaître) and of Racing 92 (Jacky Lorenzetti) explained the reason for their opposition. By relaying this article on Twitter on Saturday morning, the NRL took the opportunity to reaffirm its position. “To play the Top 14 without the internationals for more than 100 days would be a hard blow, sporting and economic” “The clubs mobilized to save their season. Playing the Top 14 without the internationals for more than 100 days would be a hard blow, sporting and economic, for clubs, subscribers, partners and all fans, is it written. More than 100 days without internationals is the equivalent of a season with the Top 14 World Cup, while the start of the season will be decisive for the clubs, after 6 months without a Championship. The clubs and the LNR have proposed a united approach to the FFR with 5 international matches in the fall, against 3 initially planned. A passage in force on the international matches in the autumn goes against the strong partnership between the XV of France and the clubs of TOP 14 which French rugby needs, particularly at 3 years of the World Cup in France.. »

A few hours after the announcement of World Rugby, the LNR had sent him a formal notice, which opens the way to a possible referral to justice. Since then, neither World Rugby nor the French Federation have communicated. Discussions between the latter and the NRL on the availability of internationals for this fall are expected to be tense. read also Fabien Galthié is keen on his six matches in autumn


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