Former international full-back Serge Blanco is "extremely concerned" by the current state of the game in France.
According to the president of Biarritz, the Top 14 lives "beyond its means" and if nothing is done French rugby "will die."
Blanco shared his dramatic vision with French daily Midi Olympique, voicing his concerns over the escalating arms race in France.
French clubs' average budgets have tripled in ten years, but "the real problem" according to Blanco is that "the deficit of all Top 14 clubs has escalated from five to twenty-five million Euros in only five years". The whole system relies on "rich individuals who cover the club's deficit".
Blanco then condemned the "mad inflation of salaries" which now represent more than 65 percent of teams' budgets, an increase of five percent in the last three years.
Not only France is going straight "into a wall," but is also leading the whole world rugby with it, said the former LNR president.
"Other countries cannot compete with the excess of some French clubs," said Blanco.
The situation is so "alarming" that Blanco has called for a general assembly of the French institutions and, to a lesser extent, of the International Rugby Board.
Blanco has kept a few tricks from his glory days and distributed a few fends offs in his long interview. He maliciously declared that "it would be a good idea to have a true international federation", an obvious criticism of the IRB.
After having explicitly denounced clubs like Racing and Toulon, Blanco hurries to protect Toulouse and Clermont who "have understood" the problems of French rugby. The declarations made in the press by Vern Cotter and Guy Novès are "provocation. They are rebelling against the overlapping (international and domestic) fixture dates."
He implies that Top 14 clubs "cheat" and "lie" to each other.
The "salaries shown do not correspond with the reality of budgets and the real salaries. The image rights enable clubs to circumnavigate around rules."
Blanco also has his own solutions to these problems. He believes that to solve the over inflation of budgets the IRB has to abandon substitutions and "return at a 15 man rugby". A very controversial, but rational idea to avoid "global hyperinflation" according to Serge Blanco. Substitutes kill the "attrition work so important for the enfranchisement of the game".
France's all-time top try scorer believes the meetings at Hyeres between the National Ligue of Rugby and the French Rugby Federation will help save French international rugby.
Similarly to Ireland, France decided to create an elite group of players partly paid by the federation that will be controlled the federation.
Blanco also assured that the Grand Stadium project is not a "chimera" and "that coal has been put in the engine and the train is ready to go. This project is difficult because of the economic situation is too. If we don't have money to place we will let others do it for us."
The former full-back finally sidesteps the question of a possible investment of the Emirates in the future big rugby Stadium by answering that "the private sector can revolutionise the world..."
The truculent Mourad Boudjellal, president of the Toulon Rugby Club, did not delay to answer Serge Blanco's declarations.
"Each club has its own problems. Biarritz does not want to die; we (Toulon) want to grow... Biarritz is a Spoutnik. With 25000 inhabitants it's logical that it encounters some financial problems," said Boudjellal.
"I have the impression that Blanco wants everyone to run slower. Yes I do feel targeted (by the declarations).
"I have the impression that we are trying to impoverish Racing-Metro and Toulon. Yet we fill the stadiums. And when we are visitors, the tariffs increase too. (But) Money is still a taboo in rugby"
Boudjellal concludes with a sentence representative of the new perception of business rugby: "I prefer good results than a shirt without advertising".