1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship

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1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Toulouse (14th title)
Runners-up Bourgoin
Relegated Nîmes, Périgueux, PUC, Dijon

The 1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 20 teams

Stade Toulousain won their 14th title, beating Bourgoin in the final.

Preliminary round[edit]

The 20 team were divided in the preliminary phase in two pools of 12. The first eight team of each pool were admitted to "Round of 16". The last two were relegated in second division.

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Pts
1 Bourgoin 45
2 Agen 43
3 Toulouse 42
4 Dax 42
5 Castres 40
6 Biarritz 37
7 Grenoble 32
8 Béziers 30
9 Nîmes 25
10 Périgueux 24

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Pts
1 Brive 43
2 Montferrand 41
3 Perpignan 41
4 Pau 39
5 Bègles-Bordeaux 38
6 Narbonne 38
7 Toulon 38
8 Colomiers 36
9 Paris Université Club 24
10 Dijon 22


Last 16[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Narbonne 24–22
may ‘97 Brive - Colomiers 31–36
may ‘97 Grenoble - Agen 27–27
may ‘97 Perpignan - Bourdeaux-Begles 26–29
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Beziers 23–14
may ‘97 Pau - Castres 23–20
may ‘97 Montferrand - Toulon 12–6
may ‘97 Dax - Biarritz 22–18

Last 8[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Colomiers 21–12
may ‘97 Agen - Bourdeaux-Begles 22–18
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Pau 24–18
may ‘97 Montferrand - Dax 22–18

Semifinals[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Agen 23–16
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Montferrand 21–17

Final[edit]

31 May 1997
Stade Toulousain 12–6 Bourgoin
Pen: Deylaud 3
Drop: Deylaud
Pen: Geany 2
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Daniel Gillet

Stade Toulousain: Christian Califano, Patrick Soula, Jean-Louis Jordana, Hugues Miorin, Franck Belot, Didier Lacroix, Régis Sonnes, Sylvain Dispagne, Jérôme Cazalbou, Christophe Deylaud, David Berty, Thomas Castaignède, Nicolas Martin, Michel Marfaing, Stéphane OugierReplacements: Olivier Carbonneau, Julien Tilloles, Xavier Garbajosa, David Couzinet, Pascal Lasserre, Philippe Capelleri
Bourgoin : Philippe Vessilier, Jean-Pierre Sanchez, David Morgan, Marc Cécillon, Jean Daudé, Alexandre Chazalet, Michel Malafosse, Pierre Raschi, Dominique Mazille, Gilles Cassagne, Ludovic Saunier, Stéphane Glas, Alexandre Péclier, Laurent Leflamand, Nigel GeanyReplacements: : Pascal Fernandez, Laurent Gomez,