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Laporte holds off competition to retain FFR presidency

Bernard Laporte speaks during a press conference after he was re-elected as French Rugby Federation president (by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Bernard Laporte will lead the French Rugby Federation (FFR) into its staging of the 2023 Rugby World Cup after being re-elected as president of the governing body.

The FFR’s elective general assembly on Saturday saw Laporte narrowly see off the challenge of rival candidate Florian Grill. Laporte gained 51.47 per cent of the votes, while Grill, president of the Ile-de-France rugby region, gathered 48.53 per cent. Laporte, who first became FFR president in 2016, will now serve for the 2020-2024 term of office.

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