Grill puts heat on Laporte
Florian Grill recently took his electoral challenge to the incumbent FFR president Bernard Laporte (inset) up a notch verbally by suggesting that his rival’s role as vice Chairman of World Rugby had superseded a primacy of interest for the French club game. Grill, who according to reports is supported by Serge Blanco, Fabien Pelous and Jean-Claude Skrela, said: “I consider Laporte’s project as out of touch, which sees rugby as a spectacle, and globalised, with an annual club World Cup.
“Everything revolves around money which is meant to drip down to the clubs. In our project, we want to give it some sense. We’ll start from the base. They are completely out of touch and disconnected but also, for me, dehumanised because everything turns around money. Bernard Laporte is on another planet. His planet now is World Rugby; it’s no longer the FFR. ”
Grill suggested that he and Laporte should publicly debate the issues but the latter declined. The man who engineered France’s successful bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup said: “Me, my debate is on October 3rd in the polls. What we have done for this Federation is that we have given the floor back to the clubs. I limited the number of terms to two. So in terms of democracy, if there is one who has done something in the world of rugby, it is me.”