The Top 14 match between Racing 92 and Agen, October 12, 2019. - CHRISTOPHE SAIDI / SIPA

It was expected, it is now official: the steering committee of the National Rugby League on Tuesday validated the final cessation of the 2019-2020 season in Top 14 and Pro D2. "The classification of the Top 14 is stopped and approved at the end of the 17th day, the classification of the Pro D2 is stopped and approved at the end of the 23rd day after taking into account the three late games (Montauban-Provence , Carcassonne-Valence Romans, Soyaux Angoulême-Nevers) according to the equalization system provided for in the general regulations of the FFR ”, explains the LNR in a press release.

The Management Committee adopted the resolution providing for the permanent cessation of the professional championships of TOP 14 and PRO D2.

The rankings of the TOP 14 and PRO D2 are stopped and approved at the end of the 17th and 23rd day

The press release:

- National Rugby League (@LNRofficiel) June 2, 2020

Result, the first two divisions of rugby in France end without the title of champion of France, neither ascent nor descent between the Top 14, the Pro D2 and the Federal 1. It is the first time since the Second World War that no champion is not crowned in Top 14.

At the end of April, the NRL and the presidents of the thirty professional clubs had agreed on the end of the season for the first two divisions, frozen since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Top 14 will therefore resume with the 1st day of the 2020-2021 season, scheduled for September 4. This resolution will be submitted to the approval of the General Assembly of the LNR which will meet on June 11, and to the Steering Committee of the FFR.

The European Cup will wait

Another point raised by this steering committee, the number of places in the European Cup for the clubs of the Top 14. The French thus claim eight tickets in total, against six usually. The EPCR, the organizing body for the continental tournaments, had confirmed in mid-May that it was studying an overhaul of the European Cup, with an hypothesis of 24 clubs, including eight French.

In addition, the LNR and Canal +, broadcaster of the Top 14 and Pro D2, have "found a partnership agreement" to seal the end of the season. It provides for the “payment of a lump sum and final sum by the Canal + group for this 2019/2020 season with counterparties conceded by the LNR to the latter over the duration of the contract,” explains the governing body in a press release without giving more precision. According to information from AFP, the encrypted channel, which puts 97 million euros on the table each season, will pay its last fee of about 15 million.


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