Bernard Laporte: the man aiming to stop Ireland from hosting the Rugby World Cup
President of the French Rugby Federation is playing his own game to win the race for 2023
Bernard Laporte: “I think the fact we got 2024 shows clearly that there are security assurances that have been given.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images
Britain’s Prince William speaks with Bernard Laporte prior to this year’s Six Nations game between France and Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images
The translator arrives on time but Bernard Laporte and The Irish Times are early.
The Irish Times (in well-practiced French): “Désolé je ne parle pas Francais.”