Before the receipt of Wales at the Stade de France for the second match of the Six Nations, Saturday, Feb. 9, and weeks after the initial defeat in Italy (23-18), Mourad Boudjellal, the president of Toulon Rugby Club, tape fist on the table and calls into question the functioning of the French Federation? comfortable Rugby (FFR).
What did you think of the defeat of the France team in Rome?
Before the game, the staff of the XV of France explained that the Italians were the All Blacks. They tried to promote a victory they thought acquired. But the Frenchman had much trepidation that appetite.
The reason given after the defeat physical unpreparedness and infernal rhythms imposed on international …
We arrived at the end of the system. In Toulon, I have four players in the Blues, one in Wales and two in Georgia [that argument Tournament B]. So I have 50% of my actual owner who failed me. Fifteen years ago, rugby was an amateur: the players were not paid and international cape was a reward. Today, rugby is professional and international co you very dear to his club: between 700 000 and 800 000 annual gross salary. We need to add support for the environment (the entered? Preneurs high-level medical staff, physical trainers …), teammates not too bad because if we do play with trumpets, he will s’ piss … And the French Federation? Comfortable rugby decides unilaterally to suspend the contract of the player that binds the club to select the national team!
But the clubs are compensated?
Yes, absolutely. 500 euros per day per player. This is totally ridiculous. You think only 500 euros per day I can replace a player roughly the same level my international? And for this sum, the FFR relieves you of your employment contract during international periods and wants, above the market, the players observe a rest period when they return to the club. FFR wants pay the players, but they remain at their disposal. Economically, it is unthinkable! Top 14 club is a business. Performance is essential to its development. There are jobs at stake must FFR into account. We are no longer in an associative system! If the FFR fulfills 100% of the remuneration of the player when it is made available to the XV of France, I admit that it can participate in the management of the calendar of the player. But then, you pay an employee and can not have. This is absurd.
Could you bring this case to a civil court to enforce your rights?
I can not not be any wars. I had an important player suspended for the last final of the Top 14 against Toulouse [the All Black Carl Hayman pillar]. We have appealed this decision we felt was outrageous. One type of FFR said: “You have the right for you But it will not play.”. It is a state within a state. They do what they want.
A substantial monetary compensation paid to clubs it solve the problem?
A major part, yes. In England, the federation compensates clubs height of 200 international and 000 per year. If tomorrow, the clubs are compensated at fair value, we can replace our international during their absences and develop their use of a perfect time. It is necessary that we discuss. The renegotiation of the agreement between the League [which depend clubs] and FFR [which manages the team of France] is in progress. But I’m pessimistic. It would be good already, is that the federation keeps saying that if the Blues lose, it is because the Top 14.
Finding common ground is it still possible?
I do not get along too well with Pierre Camou [President of the FFR]. But I’ll tell you a story. For the France-Wales on Saturday, I have re? U no place while I have still five players, paid by me on the lawn. In France, South Africa, in November, I did not re? U invitation either. I bought my ticket, I am restored to chip stall, and got his picture taken with the public who do not understand what I was doing there. When I looked up the official forum, I glimpse invited by the FFR unknown. I talked to Pierre Camou: “How is it possible for you to talk to people we do not know where they go and do not give up the club?” I suggested him to give two office spaces for club officers for each international match. He replied: “But two is enough!” For them, two seats, is too much. However, for us, have not paid salaries for players to take us, it is not much! How do you think the clubs are involved in the history of the XV of France?
FFR could she decide to thirty players under contract, as in Ireland?
It is in any case the idea of ??coach Philippe Saint-Andr??. And the creation of a French championship? Ais provinces is not excluded.
It would be a revolution …
The obstacle is cultural. The France rugby is very attached to the Top 14, which is the best league in the world. Does he have to kill him to favor the France team? I do not know. Honestly, the Top 14 is very competitive with the XV of France.
FFR could she afford to pay salaries thirty players?
The French rugby? Ais is governed by a gargantuan federal system where there is a lot of money. Lavish travel expenses, for example. To paste, supposedly, with the luxury of a great nation of rugby. We, as one moves with Toulon, is housed at the Ibis. The FFR must rethink its budget. It must reduce his lifestyle. And identify priorities.
Therefore, you understand that the FFR wants to build a stadium whose cost is estimated at ? 600 million?
I think liked t he co? Tera 1 billion. Because there must be at least 30% passing. Who will lend money? Greece? ? Para me? Cheeky t. I do not know the case, but I just think common sense. If football officials have not actually seen the loot they generate is that yas surely a reason …
Paul Goze, president of the League, suggests a return to a 16-team league, a Top 16, which further encumber an already overloaded schedule …
I am pleased t support a Top 12, to release dates for the organization of a world championship clubs, for example. And see a match between Stade Toulousain, winner of the European Cup and the Waikato Chiefs, who won the Super 15, rather than a poster t-Toulouse Treviso. Or we can imagine a formula where the four semi-finalists in each competition is playing a tournament. That would be great! The rugby world has been wondering for years what is the strongest club between the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. And nobody knows! It’s still a shame.
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