The Back-to-School Talk organized on Monday, August 30, by the National Rugby League (LNR) kicked off the 2021/2022 season.
TOP 14 players representing their clubs were present alongside the leaders of French professional rugby for a presentation of the highlights of the coming season. A season marked by the return of the fans to the stadiums.
Cameron Woki, Brice Dulin, Maxime Médard, Arthur Vincent and Damian Penaud were gathered alongside the President of the LNR René Bouscatel to take stock of the past season and discuss the challenges of the season to come.
The 2020/2021 season was a successful season with the domination of French clubs in European competitions (3 finalists out of 4 clubs) and a reinforced attractiveness of professional rugby marked by the allocation of TV rights to the TOP 14 2023-2027 on the rise. by 17% and the arrival of 4 new partners for the NRL.
The 2021/2022 season has already started very strongly with the summer stages of the IN EXTENSO SUPERSEVENS which saw the rugby festival unfold in Aix en Provence, Toulouse and La Rochelle, and the first day of PRO D2 which attracted many supporters at the stadiums.
This season, the clubs will reunite with their supporters and the exposure of the TOP 14 and the PRO D2 will be reinforced with 4 evenings television coverage per week on the channels of the CANAL + group.
This weekend, the TOP 14 will resume with all 7 matches on Saturday including La Rochelle v Toulouse, a re-run of the TOP 14 and Heineken Champions Cup finals.
The Parisian derby, Stade Français Paris v Racing 92.
Toulon v Montpellier
Lyon v Clermont
Casters v Pau
Brive v Perpignan
Biarritz v Bordeaux
Saturday November 13th, Paris La Défense Arena will see the 8 best rugby sevens teams compete for the title of French club rugby sevens champion while Boxing Day will be played on Sunday December 26th in TOP 14.
The weekend of April 2, 2022, supporters will be in the spotlight throughout France during the Fan Days announcing a weekend of derbies.
Then it’s time for the final phases of TOP 14 and PRO D2: it is the weekend of June 4 that we will know the name of the French champion of PRO D2 2021/2022 and the weekend of June 18 that the 4 best teams of The TOP 14 season will compete in Nice for the right to play a final at the Stade France to raise the shield of Brennus on the weekend of June 25.
Opening day of TOP 14: Friday September 3, 2021
Boxing Day TOP 14: Sunday December 26, 2021 (7 matches on the same day)
IN EXTENSO SUPERSEVENS final: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Paris La Défense Arena
PRO D2 final: weekend of June 4, 2022
TOP 14 semi-finals: weekend of June 18, 2022 in Nice
TOP 14 final: weekend of June 25, 2022 at the Stade de France