Elite One Championship

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Elite One Championship
Country France
Founded 2002
Number of teams 8
Promotion to Kingstone Press League 1 (Via application to RFL)
Relegation to Elite Two Championship
Current champions Pia Donkeys
Most championships Lézignan Sangliers (4Titles)
TV partners Orange TV

The Elite One Championship (French: Le Championnat de France Elite) is the top tier French professional domestic rugby league competition.

The French Rugby League Championship began in 1934 but the current name and format were adopted in 2002 when the first game commenced in April. Since then the league has strengthened both on and off the pitch with members of the French national team playing in the league and growing attendances - some derby matches now get crowds of 3,000. Recently the league has grown internationally too with players from Morocco, Serbia, Russia and Algeria. The season usually runs from October to May so that fans can also attend Catalans Dragons matches.

Media[edit]

Selected games from the Elite Championship are broadcast live on Orange TV and summaries of each match Elite 1 are available to subscribers.

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Elite One Championship clubs
Club Established City Stadium Capacity* Titles (Last)
Avignon Bisons 2000 Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Stade Saint Ruf 12,000 0 (N/A)
Catalans Dragons 2000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France Stade Gilbert Brutus 13,000 0 (N/A)
AS Carcassonne 1864 Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon Stade Albert Domec 24,500 N/A
Lezignan Sangliers 1865 Lézignan-Corbières, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon Stade du Moulin 25,404 4 (2010-2011)
Limoux Grizzlies 1882 Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon Stade de Aiguillet 12,000 N/A
Saint Esteve Catalans 1864 Saint-Estève, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon Avenue du Général de Gaulle 20,500 N/A
Toulouse Olympique 1873 Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées Stade des Minimes 12,000 N/A
Villeneuve Leopards 1873 Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine Stade Max Rousie 18,000 2 (2002-2003)
Palau Broncos 1873 Palau-de-Cerdagne, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon Stade Georges Vaills 12,000 N/A

*capacity for Rugby League games may differ from official stadium capacity.

Teams currently participating in the Elite 1

Winners[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up Venue
2002 Villeneuve Leopards 17 - 0 UTC Béziers
2002-2003 Villeneuve Leopards 34 - 18 Saint-Gaudens Bears Béziers
2003-2004 Saint-Gaudens Bears 14 - 10 UTC Béziers
2004-2005 UTC 66 - 16 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
2005-2006 Pia Donkeys 21 - 18 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
2006-2007 Pia Donkeys 20 - 16 Lezignan Sangliers Colomiers
2007-2008 Lézignan Sangliers 26-16 Pia Donkeys Béziers
2008-2009 Lézignan Sangliers 40-32 Limoux Grizzlies Carcassonne
2009-2010 Lézignan Sangliers 33-22 Pia Donkeys Montpellier
2010-2011 Lézignan Sangliers 17-12 Limoux Grizzlies Narbonne
2011-2012 Carcassonne 26-20 Pia Donkeys Narbonne
2012-2013 Pia Donkeys 33-26 Saint Estève Catalans Perpignan
2013-2014 -

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