1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship

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1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Tolouse (14th title)
Runners-up Montferrand
Relegated Nice, Béziers

The 1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 24 teams divided in the preliminary phase in three pools of 8. The first five team of each pool and the better 6th were admitted to second round. The other played a relegation tournament divided in two pools .

Tolouse won the title, beating Montferrand in the final (that lose for 6th time the final).

First Round[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Stade Français 34
2 Biarritz 34
3 Narbonne 32
4 Castres 32
5 Bourgoin 29
6 Toulon 28
7 Aurillac 21
8 Nîmes 14

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Perpignan 34
2 Montferrand 33
3 Agen 32
4 Dax 31
5 Bègles-Bordeaux 29
6 Béziers 28
7 Auch 20
8 Nice 17

Pool 3[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Tolouse 38
2 Brive 36
3 Pau 33
4 Grenoble 30
5 Colomiers 26
6 Périgueux 23
7 Racing Paris 20
8 La Rochelle 18

Béziers and Toulon had both 28 points. The "best 6th" was Toulon for less "red Cards" during the season.

Second round[edit]

The first of each pools were qualified to quarter of finals

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Tolouse 15
2 Bourgoin 13
3 Biarritz 10
4 Agen 10

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Colomiers 16
2 Stade Français 12
3 Narbonne 10
4 Pau 10

Pool 3[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 CA Bègles-Bordeaux 14
2 Castres 14
3 Perpignan 12
4 Dax 8

Pool 4[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Montferrand 14
2 Grenoble 12
3 Toulon 12
4 Brive 10

Grenoble was 2nd for less number of "red cards" during the season .

Quarters of final[edit]

15 may Bourdeaux-Begles - Bourgoin 8–14
15 may Toulouse - Stade Français 51–19
16 may Montferrand - Castres 28–27
16 may Colomiers - Grenoble 15–29

Semifinals[edit]

22 may Montferrand - Grenoble 26–17
22 may Toulouse - Bourgoin 26–17

Final[edit]

29 May 1999
Toulose 15–11 Montferrand
Try: Stensness, Desbrosse
Con: Marfaing
Pen: Marfaing
Try: Nadau
Pen: Merceron

Toulose: Christian Califano, Yannick Bru, Franck Tournaire, Fabien Pelous, Franck Belot, Didier Lacroix, Christian Labit, Sylvain Dispagne, Jérôme Cazalbou, Lee Stensness, Michel Marfaing, Émile Ntamack, Cédric Desbrosse, Xavier Garbajosa, Stéphane OugierReplacements: Hugues Miorin, Jean-Louis Jordana, Pierre Bondouy, Matthieu Lièvremont, Christophe Deylaud, jérôme Fillol, Patrick Soula
Montferrand : Emmanuel Menieu, Olivier Azam, Fabrice Heyer, David Barrier, Christophe Sarraute, Arnaud Costes, Jean-Marc Lhermet, David Courteix, Stéphane Castaignède, Gérald Merceron, David Bory, Tony Marsh, Jérôme Morante, Jimmy Marlu, Nicolas Nadau- Replacements: Christophe Larue, Éric Nicol, Olivier Toulouze, Jérôme Bonvoisin, Olivier Merle, Patrick Laurent-Varange, Christophe Duchêne

Relegation Pools[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Auch 14
2 Racing Parigi 14
3 Nîmes 10
4 Béziers 10

Béziers was classified last for worst point difference in the direct matches (Nîmes-Béziers 15–5 ; 36–37), and was relegated in Pro D2.

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Aurillac 15
2 Périgueux 11
3 La Rochelle 9
4 Nice 5

(ranking after 5 on 6)

RC Nice was relegated in Pro D2.