Bernard Laporte is set to become the new president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), the governing body for rugby union in France.
The former national team coach received 53 per cent of the vote in an election against incumbent Pierre Camou.
He will attempt to build upon Camou’s efforts to bring the Rugby World Cup back to France in 2023. However, Laporte looks set to scrap the previous president’s plans for a new dedicated national stadium, planning to invest the UK£600 million it would have cost on developing the game at grassroots level. France currently share the Stade de France with the national soccer team.
The new president has also promised to develop women’s rugby union and rugby sevens in France, whilst attempting to unite professional and amateur rugby.
Laporte coached the French national side from 1999 to 2007, leading them to semi-finals in successive World Cups, before serving as secretary of state for sport in Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.