French Rugby League Federation

The French Rugby League Federation (French: Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII (FFR) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league football in France. The Federation was formed during 1934 and since then has organised and governed the French rugby league championship, the Lord Derby Cup and all of the clubs that are contained within those organisations.

French Rugby League Federation
Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII
French Rugby League Federation logo
Founded6 April 1934
Formerly namedLigue Française de rugby à treize
Federation française de jeu à treize
RLIF affiliation1948
RLEF affiliation2003 (Full member)[1]
Headquarters30 rue de l'Echiquier, 75010 PARIS
Key peopleNicolas Larrat (Chair)
As of 30 June 2009

The FFR also controls the France national rugby league team organizing fixtures that they compete in, they also have a major voting position in the Rugby League International Federation where they help organise many aspects of rugby league worldwide.

Following development work by both Harry Sunderland (on behalf of the Australian Rugby League) and the Rugby Football League based in England, the Australian and Great British Test teams played an exhibition game at Stade Pershing in Paris in late December 1933. The French Rugby League was formed on 6 April 1934.[2]

The Federation was arguably at its most progressive under the presidency of Paul Barrière. Barrière was a driving force in the formation of an International Board for the sport in 1948 and the institution of a World Cup in 1954.

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  1. ^ RLEF. "Overview". RLEF. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  2. ^ Lyle, Beaton (7 April 2009). "75 Years of French Rugby League". Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.

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