ASM Clermont Auvergne

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ASM Clermont Auvergne
Clermont auvergne badge.png
Full name Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne
Nickname(s) Les Jaunards, The Vulcans, Montferrand
Founded 1911; 103 years ago (1911)
Location Clermont-Ferrand, France
Ground(s) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin (Capacity: 18,030)
President Eric De Cromieres
Coach(es) Franck Azéma
Captain(s) Damien Chouly
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 3rd (playoff quarter-finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.asm-rugby.com

Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne (pronounced: [klɛʀmɔ̃ ovɛʁnj]) is a French rugby union club from Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne that currently competes in Top 14, the top level of the French league system, ASMCA is the 2010 France Top 14 Champions. It is the rugby section of the multi-sport club AS Montferrandaise, which was founded in 1911 and adopted that name in 1922. Although the rugby section changed its name to the current ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2004, it is still frequently referred to as Montferrand both within and outside France.

The team plays at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin (capacity 18,030) and wears yellow and blue, which are the colours of the city of Montferrand, where Marcel Michelin, the founder's son of the famous French tyre manufacturer, decided to implement the first factory but also the stadium after the creation of ASM for its workers before World War I. L'ASM, as they are also called, are the traditional underdog, always cited among early favourites and praised for their style of play, but never winning when come spring. They have reached the French Championship final eleven times, losing on each occasion until their eleventh trip in 2010, when they finally won the championship. The perennial bridesmaids in their 100th year as a club broke through and conquered France, beating Perpignan in a rematch of the 2009 final.[1]

History[edit]

The club was established in 1911 as AS Michelin, though they changed their name to AS Montferrandaise in 1922 due to legal obligation. The club was started by Marcel Michelin, the son of André Michelin, founder of the Michelin tyre manufacturer. The club made its first final of any competition in 1935, where they played Perpignan for the Challenge Yves du Manoir. AS Montferrand lost the match, 3–3 and 9–0. The following year they featured in their first championship final; though they lost to RC Narbonne 6 points to 3. They made the final again in 1937, though that match was also lost, 13 points to 7 to CS Vienne. However the following season the club won its first title; winning the Challenge Yves du Manoir by defeating Perpignan 23 points to 10.

During the 1940s the club contested the Coupe de France on two occasions, in 1945 and 1947. The club lost on both occasions, by one point, 14 to 13 to SU Agen in 1945, and then 14 to 11 against Toulouse in 1947. It would be another 10 years until the club featured in another competition final; losing to US Dax in the 1957 Challenge Yves du Manoir. The club became a force during the 1970s, starting in 1970 with a 3 points to nil championship loss to La Voulte Sportif. The club then contested the Challenge Yves du Manoir twice in a row over the 1972–73 seasons; losing both finals, against AS Béziers and Narbonne respectively. Then they won the competition in 1976, defeating SC Graulhet 40 points to 12 just a few days after the death of the young international winger, Jean-François Philiponeau, struck on the field during an exhibition game. The club then contested the championship final in 1978, though they lost to Béziers. They also lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1979, against Narbonne.

In 1994 season the club contested both the French championship and the Challenge Yves du Manoir. They lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir to Perpignan (the third time the clubs had met in the competition final). They also lost the championship, defeated 22 points to 16 by Toulouse. The club contested two finals in the 1999 season as well, the French championship and the European Challenge Cup. They won the European Challenge Cup, defeating fellow French club CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 35 points to 16. However they lost the domestic final, being defeated by Toulouse again, 15 points to 11. The club would meet Toulouse again in the season final of 2001, with Toulouse winning 34 points to 22. In 2004 they contested the European Challenge Cup again, though they lost to English club Harlequins, by one point, 27 to 26.

But the team has known a hard period between 2002 and 2006 and only the arrival of Vern Cotter, at the middle of the year 2006, has boosted the team to his top form. For his first year, Vern Cotter has succeed in change the teamspirit. ASM reached his first final since 2001 (lost in the last minute against Stade Français) and won the European Challenge Cup against Bath during an epic game at the Stoop of Twickenham. For the second and third year with Vern Cotter, Montferrand developed again one of the prettiest games of the championship but lost again the two finals against Toulouse in 2008 and Perpignan in 2009.

In 2010, the team started to think about the Heineken Cup but was drawn against Leicester Tigers and Ospreys in a tough pool. But Montferrand succeeded in reaching first place of the pool and was drawn against the holders of the cup, Leinster Rugby. That was the beginning of one of the best rivalries in rugby. In an epic battle, Montferrand lost 29-28 (with an awful day for their fly-half Brock James).After this loss, they went on to win all of their remaining games to win the French championship against Perpignan (19-6).

In 2012 they reached the semi final of the Heineken Cup. They were beaten by Leinster Rugby and were inches from winning the game at the end but Wesley Fofana dropped the ball on Leinster's try line.

Clermont reached the Heineken Cup final for the first time in 2013 after they beat Munster Rugby 16-10 in the semi final. They subsequently lost to Toulon in the HEC final which was held in Lansdowne Road in Dublin on May 18, 2013 by a single point (16-15).

In 2014, Clermont reached the Heineken Cup semi final of the play offs for the second consecutive time and lost to the Saracens 46 - 6, a final score that can be partly explained by the Saracens strong defensive scheme as well a "questionable" (Marc Liévremont) refereeing of the Welsh Nigel Owens, who granted a contentious penalty try to the London based team and then refused a valid try to ASM.

Honours[edit]

Statue of Vercingetorix decorated with the flag of ASM Clermont Auvergne after the Top 14 championship of 2010.

Finals results[edit]

Heineken Cup[edit]

Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Spectators
18 May 2013 RC Toulon 16-15 ASM Clermont Auvergne Aviva Stadium, Dublin 51,142

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
10 May 1936 RC Narbonne AS Montferrand 6–3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
2 May 1937 CS Vienne AS Montferrand 13–7 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 17,000
17 May 1970 La Voulte Sportif AS Montferrand 3–0 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 35,000
28 May 1978 AS Béziers AS Montferrand 31–9 Parc des Princes, Paris 42,004
28 May 1994 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 22–16 Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
29 May 1999 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 15–11 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
9 June 2001 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 34–22 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
9 June 2007 Stade Français ASM Clermont Auvergne 23–18 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,654
28 June 2008 Stade Toulousain ASM Clermont Auvergne 26–20 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,275
6 June 2009 USA Perpignan ASM Clermont Auvergne 22–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,205
29 May 2010 ASM Clermont Auvergne USA Perpignan 19–6 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,262

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1935 USA Perpignan 3–3, 6–0 AS Montferrand
1938 AS Montferrand 23–10 USA Perpignan
1957 US Dax 6–6 (by virtue of younger players.) AS Montferrand
1972 AS Béziers 27–6 AS Montferrand
1976 AS Montferrand 40–12 SC Graulhet
1979 RC Narbonne 9–7 AS Montferrand
1985 RC Nice 21–16 AS Montferrand
1986 AS Montferrand 22–15 FC Grenoble
1994 USA Perpignan 18–3 AS Montferrand

Coupe de France[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1945 SU Agen 14–13 AS Montferrand
1947 Stade Toulousain 14–11 AS Montferrand

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
27 February 1999 AS Montferrand CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 35–16 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 31,986
22 May 2004 Harlequin F.C. AS Montferrand 27–26 Madejski Stadium, Reading 13,123
19 May 2007 ASM Clermont Auvergne Bath Rugby 22–16 Twickenham Stoop, London 10,134

Current standings[edit]

2013–14 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Toulon (CH) 26 16 1 9 660 466 +194 54 27 5 6 77
2 Montpellier (SF) 26 15 1 10 670 525 +145 59 46 7 7 76
3 Clermont Auvergne (QF) 26 15 1 10 659 500 +159 59 37 6 5 73
4 Toulouse (QF) 26 13 2 11 548 442 +106 53 30 7 6 69[n 1]
5 Racing Métro (SF) 26 15 2 9 459 448 +11 32 34 1 4 69
6 Castres Olympique (RU) 26 13 2 11 567 488 +79 50 35 6 4 66
7 Stade Français 26 14 1 11 529 496 +33 46 46 3 4 65
8 Bordeaux Bègles 26 13 0 13 629 573 +56 58 44 5 7 64
9 Brive 26 11 2 13 473 476 -3 32 36 4 9 61
10 Bayonne 26 11 1 14 424 549 -125 29 48 1 7 54
11 Grenoble 26 11 2 13 465 625 -160 32 52 1 4 53
12 Oyonnax 26 11 1 14 456 562 -106 34 49 1 4 51[n 2]
13 Perpignan (R) 26 10 1 15 486 593 -107 35 48 2 7 51
14 Biarritz Olympique (R) 26 5 1 20 374 656 -282 27 68 0 8 30

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  2. Points difference in head-to-head matches
  3. Try differential in head-to-head matches
  4. Points difference in all matches
  5. Try differential in all matches
  6. Points scored in all matches
  7. Tries scored in all matches
  8. Fewer matches forfeited'
  9. Classification in the previous Top 14 season
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup. Yellow background (rows 3 and 4) receive home quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) receive away quarter-final play-off places, and will also receive Champions Cup berths. Orange background (row 7) indicates team that advances to a play-off against the seventh-place team from the English Premiership for a place in the Champions Cup. Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 31 May 2014 Source: ESPN Scrum
  1. ^ Toulouse won the head-to-head matches with Racing Métro 5 – 4 on match points so rank higher.
  2. ^ Oyonnax and Perpignan each gained 4 match points from their head-to-head games; Oyonnax won 34 – 31 on agregate points so rank higher.

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2014–15 season, see List of 2014–15 Top 14 transfers#Clermont.

2014–15 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Benjamin Kayser Hooker France France
Ti’i Paulo Hooker Samoa Samoa
John Ulugia Hooker Australia Australia
Raphael Chaume Prop France France
Vincent Debaty Prop France France
Thomas Domingo Prop France France
Daniel Kötze Prop France France
Clément Ric Prop France France
Davit Zirakashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Jamie Cudmore Lock Canada Canada
Julien Pierre Lock France France
Sébastien Vahaamahina Lock France France
Julien Bardy Flanker Portugal Portugal
Julien Bonnaire Flanker France France
Alexandre Lapandry Flanker France France
Viktor Kolelishvili Flanker Georgia (country) Georgia
Damien Chouly (c) Number 8 France France
Fritz Lee Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Thierry Lacrampe Scrum-half France France
Morgan Parra Scrum-half France France
Ludovic Radosavljevic Scrum-half France France
Mike Delany Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Brock James Fly-half Australia Australia
Camille Lopez Fly-half France France
Jonathan Davies Centre Wales Wales
Wesley Fofana Centre France France
Aurélien Rougerie Centre France France
Zac Guildford Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Julien Malzieu Wing France France
Noa Nakaitaci Wing France France
Napolioni Nalaga Wing Fiji Fiji
Nick Abendanon Fullback England England
Jean-Marcellin Buttin Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couret, Jean-Paul (2010-05-30). "Clermont beat Perpignan to end 10-final jinx in Top 14". Reuters (Thomson Reuters). Retrieved 2010-05-31. 

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