1997–98 French Rugby Union Championship

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1997–98 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Stade Français (9th title)
Runners-up Montferrand
Relegated Montpellier

The 1997–1998 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 20 teams divided in the preliminary phase in two pools of 12. The first four team of each pool were admitted to quarters of final.

Stade Français won the title beating in the final the Montferrand (that lose for 5th time the final). It was the first victory for Stade Français after 90 years, the last was in 1908.

For the first time, the final was played in the new Stade de Frace

Montpellier was relegated in second division. Five team was promoted from the second division in order to increase to 24 the team participating to 1998–99 championship.

Preliminary Phase[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Stade toulousain 46
2 US Colomiers 43
3 RC Narbonne 42
4 Montferrand 40
5 Brive 37
6 Biarritz 36
7 Dax 34
8 Béziers 32
9 La Rochelle 28
10 Nice 22

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Club Points
1 Stade Français 43
2 Perpignan 43
3 Bègles-Bordeaux 43
4 Castres 42
5 Pau 39
6 Bourgoin 37
7 Agen 37
8 Toulon 35
9 Grenoble 23
10 Montpellier 18

Quarters of final[edit]

may '98 Bourdeaux-Begles - Stade Français 31–26 18–24
may '98 Montferrand - Toulouse 19–10 9–22
may '98 Castres - Perpignan 25–19 7–42
may '98 Castres - Colomiers 19–19 8–8

Semifinali[edit]

may '98 Stade Français - Toulouse 39–3
may '98 Perpignan - Colomiers 15–12

Final[edit]

16 May 1998
Stade Français 34–7 Perpignan
Try: Simon, Bolbolo, Mytton
Dominici and Gomes
Con: Dominguez 3
Pen: Dominguez
Try: Perarnau
Con: Arandiga

Stade Français: Serge Simon, Vincent Moscato, Philippe Gimbert, David Auradou, Hervé Chaffardon, Marc Lièvremont, Richard Pool-Jones, Christophe Juillet, Christophe Laussucq, Diego Dominguez, Emori Bolobolo, Cliff Mytton, Franck Comba, Christophe Dominici, Arthur GomesReplacements: Grant Ross, Sylvain Marconnet, Geoffrey Abadie, Olivier Roumat, Christophe Moni, Laurent Pedrosa, Ludovic Loustau
Perpignan : Renaud Peillard, Jacques Lançon, Stéphane de Bésombes, Jérôme Pradal, Mike James, Sylvain Deroeux, Gérard Majoral, Thomas Lièvremont, Jacques Basset, Laurent Salies, Grégory Tutard, Mathieu Barrau, Didier Plana, Alewyn Joubert, Gérald Bastide- Replacements: Michel Konieck, Pascal Meya, Gaël Arandiga, Christophe Perarnau, Alain Fourny, Hervé Laporte, Olivier Olibeau