Castres chairman blasts French chiefs

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:42
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REACTION: Castres President Pierre-Yves Revol has hit out at French rugby bosses for failing to make a decision on the Top 14 side's postponed fixture against Stade Francais.

The two sides were supposed to play on March 18 but the match was postponed as Stade's players were on strike over a proposed merger with their Parisian rivals Racing 92 which fell through.

"We still don't know if our match against Stade Francais will be played or not," moaned Revol in a letter to the French league (LNR) and federation (FFR).

"This unprecedented situation cannot persist," added Revol, who implored rugby officials to find a solution "as quickly as possible".

"Our team needs to be treated with respect as it wants to prepare with a fixed calendar like all the other Top 14 sides."

Castres are currently fifth in the Top 14 and in the thick of the battle to secure a top six finish and play-off berth.

The LNR wants to rearrange the postponed fixture - and Racing's clash with Montpellier, which was also called off - but the FFR disagrees, which has left an impasse with the four teams unsure when or if those matches will be played.

Agence France-Presse