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Laporte steps down from World Rugby role following corruption conviction

President of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), has stepped down as vice-chairman of World Rugby after he received a two-year suspended prison sentence for corruption.

A French court has handed the 58-year-old a two-year suspended prison sentence and banned him from holding any rugby post for two years. The ban is suspended, pending an appeal, but Laporte has already stepped down from his role with World Rugby

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