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.

Teams for 2013/14 Season[edit]

Teams currently participating in the Elite 1
Elite One
Team Stadium City/Area
Avignon Bisons Stade Saint Ruf Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Lezignan Sangliers Stade du Moulin Lézignan-Corbières, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Limoux Grizzlies Stade de Aiguillet Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Saint Esteve Catalans Avenue du Général de Gaulle Saint-Estève, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
Toulouse Olympique Stade des Minimes Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Villeneuve Leopards Stade Max Rousie Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
Palau Broncos Stade Georges Vaills Palau-de-Cerdagne, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

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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