1980–81 French Rugby Union Championship

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French Rugby Championship 1980-81
Countries  France
Champions Béziers (9th title)
Runners-up Stade Bagnérais

The 1980-81 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Béziers beating Stade Bagnérais in the final.

Formula[edit]

For the second time, the clubs of the "Group B" didn't participate to win the title, but played a proper championship.

The group A, like the group B was divided in four pools of ten clubs.

The eight better of each pool were qualified for the knockout stages.

Group A[edit]

Qualification round[edit]

In bold the teams qualified for knock out stages, ordered according the ranking.

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

"Last 32"[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Perpignan Nîmes 25-6
Valence Thuir 13-10
Béziers Carcassonne 29-6
Grenoble Aurillac 6-12
Bayonne Castres 14-12
Graulhet Stadoceste 9-21
Lourdes Biarritz 23-9
Pau Tulle 22-3
Toulon RRC Nice 6-15
Montferrand Bègles 9-4
Boucau Brive 12-15
Toulouse Narbonne 12-6
Agen Albi 21-10
Angoulême Stade Bagnérais 12-24
Dax Oloron 42-21
Romans US Bressane 21-9

"Last 16"[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Perpignan Valence 28-7
Béziers Aurillac 22-10
Bayonne Stadoceste 12-18
Lourdes Pau 25-9
RRC Nice Montferrand 9-15
Brive Toulose 24-23
Agen Stade Bagnérais 6-23
Dax Romans 19-9

Quarter of finals[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Perpignan Béziers 12-13
Stadoceste Lourdes 7-9
Montferrand Brive 6-3
Stade Bagnérais Dax 16-9

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Béziers Lourdes 35-9
Montferrand Stade Bagnérais 3-6

Final[edit]

Teams Béziers - Stade Bagnérais
Score 22-13
Date 25 may 1981
Venue Parc des Princes
Referee Jean-Pierre Bonnet
Line-up
Béziers Armand Vaquerin, Alain Paco, Jean-Louis Martin, Alain Estève, Michel Palmié, Jean-Marc Cordier, Pierre Lacans, Henri Mioch, Philippe Morrisson, Jean-Pierre Pesteil, Marc Andrieu, Claude Martinez, Jean-Luc Rivallo, Michel Fabre, Patrick Fort
Replacements : Philippe Escande, Yvan Buonomo, Bernard Teissier, Christian Prax, Michel Calas
Bagnères Michel Laguerre-Basse, Antranik Torossian, Michel Urtizverea, André Cazenave, René Vergez, Claude Frutos, Albert Cigagna, Omar Derghali, Adrien Mournet, Philippe Fourneau, Michel Dancla, Pierre Rispal, Roland Bertranne, Jean-François Gourdon, Jean-Michel Aguirre
Replacements : Gérard Chevallier, Yves Duhard, Arnaud Duplan, Roger Bayen, Michel Mardegan, Jean-Louis Carrère
Scorers
Béziers 2 tries Andrieu and Fabre, 1 conversion and 2 penalties Fort, 2 drops Pesteil
Bagnères 2 tries Gourdon, 1 conversion and 1 penalty Aguirre


Béziers hold his title of French Champion and won the forth Bouclier de Brennus en five years. Stade Bagnérais lost the second final, after the one in 1979.

Group B[edit]

Qualification round[edit]

In bold the teams qualified for knock out stages, ordered according the ranking.

Pool E

Pool F

Pool G

Pool H

"Last 32"[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Results
US Tyrosse
US Montauban


"Last 16"[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
US Tyrosse
US Montauban


Quarter of finals[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
US Tyrosse
US Montauban

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Results
US Tyrosse
US Montauban

Final[edit]

Teams US TyrosseUS Montauban
Score 15-9 (after over-time)
Venue Agen


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