No Top 14 expansion next season, says LNR chief

No Top 14 expansion next season, says LNR chief

The President of the French National Rugby League (LNR) indicated Thursday that the Top 14 championship would remain a 14-team league next season, rather than expanding to a 16-club format preferred by some club presidents.

National rugby league president Pierre-Yves Revol, pictured in January 2012. The President of the French National Rugby League (LNR) indicated Thursday that the Top 14 championship would remain a 14-team league next season, rather than expanding to a 16-club format preferred by some club presidents.

"Certain presidents wanted to put on the agenda the evolution of the Top 14 and a certain number of presidents fought for a Top 16 from next season," Pierre-Yves Revol said following a meeting between presidents of the top-flight clubs.

"On this subject, the position that I stated that was understood and admitted is that it is not possible to change a league formula during the season ethically and also legally, it would probably be very debatable," he added.

According to a poll conducted by AFP, the presidents of Brive, Bordeaux, Perpignan and Racing-Metro are in favour of an expanded league, while Toulouse, Stade Francais, Clermont and Biarritz are reportedly opposed to the idea.

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