France’s former head coach, Bernard Laporte, has been elected as the French Rugby Federation’s new president.
The 52-year-old guided les Bleus to the semi-finals at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup tournaments and was also a secretary of state for sports in former France president Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet from 2007 to 2009.
In 2011, Laporte returned to coaching, taking over from Philippe Saint-André, at Toulon and guided the club to three successive European Champions Cup wins from 2013 to 2015 as well as a Top 14 victory in 2014.
Laporte and his allies won 52 percent of the votes at the election which was considerably more than the list defended by outgoing president Pierre Camou.
Laporte has promised to unite amateur and professional rugby, to develop Women’s and Sevens rugby as well as creating an ambitious training programme.
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