By formalizing the arrival of Bernard Laporte as Director of Rugby, Montpellier has secured the services of one of the finest French records. A necessity to emerge from the crisis and regain the usual standing of the MHR.
Bernard Laporte and Mohed Altrad are once again associated. While the two men were in trouble with the law in December 2022, the new union between the former president of the FFR and the boss of Montpellier It didn’t take long for Internet users to react on social networks. Mohed Altrad was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a fine of 50,000 euros for active corruption, influence peddling and misuse of corporate assets. Bernard Laporte was, for his part, sentenced to 3 years in prison (including one year) and a fine of 50,000 euros. for similar facts. The two men are still presumed innocent since they appealed this verdict. But if we frame the objective on a sporting level, the choice of Altrad is undoubtedly the best possible, to date and on paper. And the MHR reminds us of this. In its press release published this Sundaythe Hérault club introduces the information with this sentence: “an immense track record of French rugby”.
Difficult, in fact, to deny Bernard Laporte’s glorious past with the coaching cap. Champion of France with Stade français (1998) and Toulon (2014), the former coach of the French XV won four 6 Nations Tournaments (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007) during his seven years in office. On the port, Laporte guided his Var to three European Cups in a row (2013, 2014, 2015). An additional Yves-du-Manoir Challenge (1998) means that in total, the former RCT manager has ten titles as a coach, between 1998 and 2016. An unrivaled track record in French rugby.
ud83dudd34 As announced by Midi Olympique, Bernard Laporte will be the new director of rugby at the MHR. The former coach of the Blues and president of the FFR “will be responsible for the sporting strategy”.
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Montpellier, the “new” XV of France?
Above all, the situation that Montpellier is currently experiencing (last in the Top 14 after seven days) resembles in some ways that of the XV of France when Bernard Laporte took over the presidency of the FFR in 2016. A crisis of confidence and unprecedented results before a brilliant renaissance. Even if the former RCT manager was not against the idea of hiring a foreign coach, Laporte finally set his sights on Fabien Galthié in 2019 to turn around the Blues. A profitable choice, marked by a Grand Slam in 2022 and the famous record of 80% victories in four years, even if the French XV abruptly stopped in the quarter-final of “its” World Cup.
So, will Montpellier be the “new” XV of France? The first observation is in any case the same and the MHR does not lack talent. Arthur Vincent’s strange failed attempt or Louis Carbonel’s drop in performance at the start of the season are obviously abnormal phenomena. And the Cistes in no way look like a team playing to maintain given the names still lined up in Perpignan this Saturday. But if Mohed Altrad assures that his club “will not go to Pro D2”, the MHR will quickly have to get its head back on track with a new speech and a new guide. For this mission, Bernard Laporte seems to be the ideal man.