René Bouscatel was elected president of the National Rugby League (LNR) on Tuesday
The former Stade Toulousain president defeated his rival Vincent Merling and succeeds Paul Goze as head of the proceedings.
The issue of the allocation of TV rights to the Top14 has already been settled, the National Rugby League set to work on Tuesday to complete its second hot file at the start of the year. René Bouscatel was elected president of the LNR after an election in which he was opposed to Vincent Merling. He won with 100% of the votes of the new steering committee.
The former Stade Toulousain manager edged out the current La Rochelle club boss. The withdrawal of Alain Tingaud and his rallying to Vincent Merling in recent days will therefore not have been enough to tip the vote in his favor. René Bouscatel succeeds Paul Goze. After eight years at the head of the body, the former president of the NRL could not run for a third term unless the statutes of the National Rugby League were amended.
Merling not elected to the board
In addition to his defeat for the presidency of the LNR, Vincent Merling suffered a second electoral setback on Tuesday. The president of La Rochelle was also not elected among the elected representatives of the Top 14 to the executive committee of the League. With only 51 votes in his favor, the boss of the Maritimes sees Jean-François Fonteneau (Agen), Bernard Lemaitre (Toulon), Thomas Lombard (Stade Français), Didier Lacroix (Toulouse), Yann Roubert (Lyon) and Bernard Pontneau ( Pau) integrate the management of the professional rugby body.
Two years before the Rugby World Cup in France, René Bouscatel will have to calm relations between the LNR, the Top 14 clubs, and the French Rugby Federation. The new president of the League will also have to manage the consequences of Covid-19 on the teams in the French championship.