During an intervention in Onet-le-Château (Aveyron), Guy Novès, short-lived coach of the French fifteen (2016-2017), approached its former president, Bernard Laporte, a few days after the searches of the Laporte-Altrad affair.
Former French XV coach Guy Novès did not wield the language of wood on Thursday night when discussing his feelings on Bernard Laporte and Serge Simon. Invited to the Bowling du Rouergue in Onet-le-Château (Aveyron) by a local company, he indicated that he could not “ not be happier, happier, than see what the fuck they’re up to “, within comments transmitted by Press Center.
Bernard Laporte, president of the FFR, Mohed Altrad, president of the Montpellier club and first financial sponsor of the FFR, Serge Simon, vice-president of the FFR, Claude Atcher and Benoît Rover, co-directors of the Score XV company at the time of the facts, the five saw the prosecution of the Chamber 32 of the Criminal Court of Paris ask for firm prison sentences against them. Sentencing will be delivered on December 13.
“I don’t think that what is happening at the moment in the federation can impact the players”
During his speech before 150 people, Guy Novès indicated that he had only seen his former president three times during his tenure at the head of the Blues. On December 27, 2017, he was fired for “serious misconduct”, before filing a complaint. The Labor Court of Toulouse issued its arbitration on April 8, 2019, condemning the French Rugby Federation to pay more than one million euros in damages to Novès.
In addition, during his intervention on Thursday night, the latter called Serge Simon several times ” the other bank always agree with Press Center.
The former Stade Toulousain coach, however, was optimistic about the consequences of this court case on the French fifteen players, less than a year before the 2023 World Cup. I don’t think that what is happening at the moment in the federation can impact the players. They are in their bubble, among friends. They want to play and be the best, that’s what matters to them. In my opinion it will have no impact on your performance. »