Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti had supported his La Rochelle counterpart Vincent Merling to take the reins of the LNR. Ultimately, it was René Bouscatel who was elected last month. A man appreciated by the strong man of the Ile-de-France club.
It’s not really a secret: Jacky Lorenzetti had clearly shown his preference for Rochelais Vincent Merling to take the reins of the presidency of the National Rugby League (LNR). But it was finally René Bouscatel who was elected on March 23. A man that Lorenzetti appreciates.
“René is the president (then of Stade Toulousain) who welcomed me most warmly when I arrived, explains Lorenzetti to RMC Sport. It was not abnormal. I was not in rugby, not in microcosm. He had perhaps understood that I had honorable aims. He accepted that we create the Pierre de Coubertin trophy, which has become the Bouscatel-Coubertin trophy which sets our two clubs against each other. We have common aims on rugby. Advised me a lot on three thirds: a third of young people, a third of French and a third of foreigners. He has finished teaching me about rugby. I have a particular affection for René and his family. J I chose to support Vincent Merling. René positioned himself afterwards. I have remained faithful to my commitments to Vincent and I do not regret it. I have a particular affection for René. I think he will make a good president of the League. An unexpected but good president of the League… He’s a smart one. “
“Recreate a unit”
Regarding the renewal of the members of the LNR steering committee, Lorenzetti “wishes good luck to Thomas (Lombard), Didier (Lacroix) and René (Bouscatel)”. The president of Racing 92 says he is “attentive to ensuring that professional rugby is defended”.
He has already noted the first decisions adopted in recent weeks by the new leaders of the NRL. Including the extension of the period of transfers which allowed Racing to recruit Gaël Fickou but not only…. “There are controversies around the choice of Montpellier (to host the Pro D2 final on the weekend of June 5-6) … I don’t ask myself any questions. I let the others ask questions.” With a smirk. “We will try not to continue to tear each other apart, he said. We will try to recreate this unity to defend the professional rugby of the Top 14 which really deserves to be.”