RUGBY: Back on the coming to Saint-Martin of the boss of the FFR, Bernard Laporte

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Just got off his plane in Grand-Case from Guadeloupe, the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, accompanied by his vice-president, Henri Mondino, in charge of territorial reforms and the president of the Committee from Guadeloupe, Fabrice Corlay, went to the Bellevue field where almost 100 young rugby players from Saint-Martin Rugby Union and Archiball clubs were waiting for him.

"It's nice to see so many kids playing rugby," said the president. At the end of the initiation, all gathered to listen to the official in charge of French rugby, who had not arrived with his bare hands.

Indeed, a ball was offered for five licensees. Gesture which was also made for all French clubs. "Without a ball, you can't play rugby," he said.

Jerseys were also offered to the two local clubs, represented by their respective president, namely, Frédéric Mallet (Saint-Martin Rugby Union) and David Rondeau (Archiball).

In the morning, Bernard Laporte was received at the Hôtel de la Collectivité by the First Vice-President, Valérie Damaseau, in charge of Sport, Youth, Culture and Community life.

The Vice-President used this time to share the good messages and the needs of the territory, in terms of development of the sport, especially rugby, which is a very popular sport on the island.

The FFR has not yet announced any funds allocated within the framework of the post-Irma reconstruction of sports infrastructure, but the "boss" of French rugby said that the Northern Islands will soon be equipped with a new technical framework for the training of educators who devote most of their free time to coaching young rugby players from Saint-Martin.

After the arrival of the boss of French football, Noël Le Graët, last October in Saint-Martin, the commitment to put young Saint-Martin footballers back on the pitch as quickly as possible has apparently not yet been kept. Only “private” initiatives bringing together the many volunteers who are passionate about football were able to see our athletes kicking a ball! What will happen after this time, the president of the French Rugby Federation. Wait and see…  _AF

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