Current president of La Rochelle, Vincent Merling could be a future candidate for the presidency of the National Rugby League.
While the elections for the presidency of the National Rugby League (LNR) are scheduled for the end of March, a new name has just appeared. Indeed, this Friday, it is that of Vincent Merling, the president of La Rochelle, which is mentioned. The latter could also announce his candidacy soon, according to information from The team. President of the current leader of the Top 14, Merling is well aware of the importance of this role, he who has been stationed in the Maritimes since 1991. Beyond his position as president, he also had a small playing career. and of course played for La Rochelle, his hometown that he never really left.
His candidacy would already be supported by many Top 14 leaders and if he really did come forward, he could quickly have the status of favorite. But then, who would replace him as president of Stade Rochelais? The decision would already be made. If the current president is elected, its managing director, Pierre Venayre, could be appointed president. He will then leave him a club very financially impacted by the health crisis linked to Covid-19. One thing is certain, Paul Goze does not intend to represent a third time.
President of the LNR since 2012 and re-elected in 2016, the latter does not intend to change his mind. In addition, for him to be elected a third time, several texts of the National Rugby League would have to be changed. On the side of his predecessor, Pierre-Yves Revol, president from 2008 to 2012, he also announced that he did not want to run. The field is therefore free for Vincent Merling.