General manager of Stade Français, Thomas Lombard paid Jacky Lorenzetti, the president of Racing 92 on Monday, in an interview for the Olympic Midi. A few days before the derby on Saturday (9:05 p.m.) in Top 14, the match has already been launched through the two men.
Racing 92 and Stade Français will meet again this Saturday (9:05 pm) for a Top 14 derby. General Manager of Stade Français and new vice-president of the National Rugby League (LNR) in charge of economic development and innovation , Thomas Lombard paid this Monday Jacky Lorenzetti, President of Racing 92, in an interview for the Olympic Midi.
“45 + 45, it will never be 45 with us”
If the derby on Saturday promises to be hot once again, the two clubs came together in 2017 for a merger project. At the time, Jacky Lorenzetti had recognized a “clumsiness” at the end of this aborted project, in particular vis-à-vis the players and this formula “45 + 45 = 45”, by evoking the two strengths which were going to be merged , with 45 players left out. “I didn’t want to offend people at all, but that was to say that solutions had to be found,” Lorenzetti said at the time.
Asked whether this derby boils down to an opposition between Lorenzetti and himself, Thomas Lombard has kind of started the meeting. “I hope not! Jacky was my president at the end of my career and I have respect for him. He has built a superb club but Racing will never be the Stade Français Paris. We have fourteen league titles. from France, recalled Lombard. And 45 + 45, it will never be 45 with us. Jacky knows it and it must annoy him. “
Lombard denies being in the pay of the FFR
On March 23, René Bouscatel became the new president of the National Rugby League, allowing Thomas Lombard to access the office as vice-president. Jacky Lorenzetti called this new team a “federalist”. “Jacky does not accept to lose. As a child, I was the same, I always resented those who beat me, replied Lombard. Because Bernard Laporte was my coach in the France team and at the Stade Français, because Serge Simon was my club partner, I will be in the pay of the FFR? It’s very reductive, all the same, isn’t it? “
After 20 days, Racing 92 is currently third in the fight to qualify for the final phase. Stade Français is going through a more complicated season, currently 10th. “This match is above all an important meeting for us, sportingly and in terms of image, explains Lombard, who began his playing career at Racing 92 (at the time Racing club de France) before leaving for the Stade Français. Beyond the race for qualification, the revenge of the first leg, the derby is the derby … “. On October 24 in Jean-Bouin, Racing 92 narrowly won (27-25) against their rival.