17 players missing from Toulon squad

Date published: August 3 2015

Bernard Laporte has bemoaned the fact that so many of his Toulon squad are unavailable due to the Rugby World Cup.

In total Toulon are missing a remarkable 17 of their first-team squad due to international commitments.

Laporte's gripe isn't with the tournament itself but the timing, with the former France coach frustrated with the calendar and calling for reform.

Pushing through change is something Laporte hopes to achieve as he bids to become president of the FFR.

"We're missing 17 players who are training for the World Cup, which is a lot," Laporte told Rugbyrama.

"[The calendar] is not logical or normal. Only in rugby do you get this. The championship start doesn't scare me, but I find it ridiculous.

"I spoke to [France football coach] Didier Deschamps the last few days, he said, rightly, that we are not normal! That's why I have a real desire to change all this.

"There are things that are unacceptable in a professional world.

"There are people who don't pass reforms that we should be done with today. How do you play a third of your championship without your best players? They do not respect people.

"I have convictions and a great team around me. We will launch the campaign quickly. I have a real commitment and real reform ideas."