French Rugby Federation

French Rugby Federation
Fédération Française de Rugby
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1919
WR affiliation 1978
Rugby Europe affiliation 1934
President Bernard Laporte
Men's coach Guy Novès
Women's coach Francis Cadene
Sevens coach Thierry Janeczek

The French Rugby Federation (French: Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR)) is the governing body for rugby union in France. It is responsible for the French national team and the Ligue nationale de rugby that administers the country's professional leagues.


It was formed in 1919 and is affiliated to World Rugby, the sport's governing body.

In 1934 the FFR set up the Fédération internationale de rugby amateur, now known as Rugby Europe, in an attempt to organise rugby union outside the authority of World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB). It included the national teams of Italy, French national team, Catalonia, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Germany national team.

Following German occupation, FFR officials closely associated with the Vichy government lobbied to have certain "un-French" sports banned. Between the end of 1940 and the middle of 1942, one semi-professional and at least six French Amateur Sport Federations were banned and destroyed by the Vichy regime.[1] These actions were independently verified by the French government in 2002.[1]

In 1978 the Federation became a member of the IRFB, which later became the International Rugby Board and is now World Rugby.

See also


  1. 1 2 Badge of dishonour: French rugby's shameful secret from The Independent, 6 September 2007, retrieved 21 March 2015

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