Didier Lacroix, president of Stade Toulousain, on July 4, 2017 at Stade Ernest-Wallon. - N. Stival / 20 Minutes
While the Top 14 season has been stopped since March 13 because of the coronavirus epidemic, the National Rugby League (LNR) is considering as a recovery scenario a final phase of four at the end of summer: Bordeaux-Bègles face in Toulon and Lyon against Racing 92 in half before a grand final at the Stade de France.
For now, it is supposed to take place just before the first day of the 2020-2021 season. The scenario does not suit Didier Lacroix, president of Stade Toulousain, seventh before the interruption of the championship. "Restarting a season with final stages just for the sake of having it does not make sense," said Thursday the boss of the defending champion of France, in an interview with the bi-weekly Midi Olympique .
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"The final phase is the ultimate in a season," insists Lacroix. We would like to take them out of context to make only two or three meetings at the time of recovery. These are usually friendly matches at that time, as there is no pace or the fervor of the ramp-up. "
"We can say" with particular condition, particular solution ". I understand it, but I don't think that we can throw away this duty of remembering the final stages, this magnified moment for those who have had the chance to play or live them, "continues the President of Toulouse.
Rugby "can't live behind closed doors"
According to him, rugby must adapt and try "at all costs" and "whatever the dates" to continue the current championship. If this is not feasible, then "decisions made by others" will have to be made: stop the championship or freeze it.
In addition, Didier Lacroix estimated that rugby could "not live in camera": "In camera, in Toulouse, but also in other clubs, rugby does not last more than a month and a half. "
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