French Rugby Federation

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French Rugby Federation
Fédération française de rugby
Association crest
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1919
IRB affiliation 1978
FIRA affiliation 1934
President Pierre Camou
Men's coach Philippe Saint-André
Women's coach Francis Cadene
Sevens coach Thierry Janeczek
Official website FFR.fr

The French Rugby Federation (French: Fédération française de rugby (FFR)) is the governing body for rugby union in France. It was formed in 1919 and is affiliated to the International Rugby Board the sport's governing body. It is responsible for the French national team and the Ligue nationale de rugby that administers the country's professional leagues.

In 1934 the FFR set up the Fédération internationale de rugby amateur (FIRA) in an attempt to organise rugby union outside the authority of the International Rugby Board. It included the national teams of Italy, French national team, Catalonia, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Germany national team.

Following German occupation, FFR officials closely associated with the Vichy government lobbied to have certain "un-French" sports banned. Between the end of 1940 and the middle of 1942, one semi-professional and at least six French Amateur Sport Federations were banned and destroyed by the Vichy regime.[1] These actions were independently verified by the French government in 2002.[citation required]

In 1978 the Federation became a member of the IRB.

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