Laporte calls for Top 12
July 8, 2014
Bernard Laporte's Toulon won the 2013-14 Top 14 title © Getty Images
Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has called for the number of teams in the Top 14 to be reduced by two.
In part of his outspoken interview with Midi Olympique, Laporte heavily criticised the performances of the French national team, saying they are now the equivalent of the Spain national football side, and accused Philippe Saint-Andre of hypocrisy over his criticism of the number of foreigners in the Top 14.
For Laporte, the league must do more to help support the French national side and he believes it should be a 12-team competition, not 14. "There are too many professional teams, that is certain," Laporte told Midi Olympique. "For me, we need to move to a Top 12. That would immediately mean an extra month to focus on the national team.
"That's not all; we should remove the play-offs. With such a decision, you not only strengthen your league, with a real champion of France, but you get another three weeks for the national team."
Laporte also revealed he is keeping close tabs on the presidency of the French Rugby Federation. Pierre Camou's term is up in 2016 and Laporte is keen on standing to replace him adding that if he was handed the role, he would be a public figure saying it is a role where you are "seen and heard".
Laporte added: "Pierre Camou said repeatedly and publicly that he was not in favour of a president to do more than two terms. He is in his second and is a man of his word ... he must go. "
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