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This article is about the rugby team of Grenoble. For the football team, see Grenoble Foot 38.
Grenoble
Full name Football Club de Grenoble Rugby
Nickname(s) FCG
Founded 1892; 122 years ago (1892)
Location Grenoble, France
Ground(s) Stade Lesdiguières (Capacity: 12,000)
President Marc Chérèque
Coach(es) Fabrice Landreau
Franck Corrihons
Sylvain Bégon
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 11th
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
fcgrugby.com

Football Club de Grenoble Alpes Rugby is a French rugby union club currently playing in Top 14, the highest level of the French league system. They most recently earned promotion as champions of the second-level Pro D2 in 2012. Grenoble play most home matches at Stade Lesdiguières (capacity 12,000),[1] and also play some at the Stade des Alpes (capacity 20,068). The club's colors are red and blue.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1892 following the merger of the main clubs in Grenoble in Rhône-Alpes.

After a champion of the Alps in 1912, FCG in 1918 reached the final of the Coupe de l'Espérance, which replaces the championship of France during the First World War. However, a new champion in the Alps confirms its regional supremacy in 1919. Grenoble then regularly participates in the championship finals. The first international team are called in France with Edmond Besset and Felix Lasserre and Edmond Vellat. In 1931, Grenoble is one of 12 clubs and 14 leaving the French Rugby Federation to create their own organization, UFRA.

In 1954, the first team then coached by Roger Bouvarel wrote the most beautiful page in the history of the club. FC Grenoble won his first Bouclier de Brennus and became champion of France after a 5-3 victory against the U.S. Cognac.

Champions in 1954 :

  • France Roger Baqué
  • France Guy Belletante
  • Italy Innocent Bionda
  • France Pierre Claret
  • France Henri Coquet
  • France René Duhau
  • France Georges Echevet
  • Italy Sergio Lanfranchi
  • France Jean Liénard
  • France René Martin
  • France André Morel
  • Italy Duilio Parolai
  • Russia Michel Pliassoff
  • Estonia Paul Rein
  • Poland Eugène Smogorenski

With Jean Liénard became coach, Grenoble played the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA in 1963.

In 1987, Grenoble won the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the SU Agen on the score of 26-7. This is the second major trophy for the club.

The winners of the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 :

  • France Frédéric Boutin
  • New Zealand Martin Brooke
  • France Gilbert Brunat
  • France Hervé Chaffardon
  • France Gilles Claret
  • France Éric Ferruit
  • France Alain Gely
  • France Stéphane Geraci
  • France Jean-Jacques Grand
  • South Africa Brent Jordaan
  • France Pierre Mathias
  • France Dominique Mazille
  • France Joris Menzildjian
  • France Patrick Mesny
  • France Philippe Meunier
  • France Christophe Monteil
  • France Willy Pepelnjak
  • France Robert Petuello
  • France Thierry Picard
  • France Jean-Marc Romand
  • France Bernard Vacchino
  • France Frédéric Vélo
  • France Richard Zago

The arrival of Jacques Fouroux in control of the team for the 1992–93 season associated with Michel Ringeval marks the beginning of a new era called the Mammoths of Grenoble. Despite overpowering pack Grenoble tilts on the score of 14-11.[2] A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[3] and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres. Salles admitted the error 13 years later[4] .[5] .[6]

Players Championship Final in 1993 :

  • France Brice Bardou
  • France Arnaud Bazin
  • France Olivier Brouzet
  • France Gilbert Brunat
  • France Xavier Cambres
  • France Franck Capdeville
  • France Hervé Chaffardon
  • France Éric Ferruit
  • France Patrick Goirand
  • France Franck Hueber
  • Poland Gregory Kacala
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Džoni Mandić
  • France Dominique Mazille
  • France Olivier Merle
  • France Philippe Meunier
  • France Cyril Savy
  • France Martial Servantes
  • France Willy Taofifénua
  • France Philippe Tapié
  • France Patrice Vacchino
  • France Frédéric Vélo

Then the club has struggled.

Grenoble play the '1999–2000 Heineken Cup in Pool 6.

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Northampton 6 5 0 1 19 7 12 184 87 97 10
France FC Grenoble 6 3 0 3 13 15 −2 110 140 −30 6
Scotland Edinburgh Reivers 6 3 0 3 13 19 −6 112 158 −46 6
Wales Neath 6 1 0 5 13 17 −4 128 149 −21 2
Results
Date Stadium Team Score Team
19 November Netherdale, Galashiels Scotland Edinburgh 23 - 18 FC Grenoble
27 November Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 20 - 18 Northampton Saints
11 December The Gnoll, Neath Wales Neath RFC 43 - 14 FC Grenoble
18 December Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 21 - 10 Neath RFC
9 January Franklin's Gardens, Northampton England Northampton Saints 27 - 16 FC Grenoble
15 January Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 21 - 19 Edinburgh

They were relegated to the French second division and came back again.

At the end of 2004–05, they were relegated to the French second division, Rugby Pro D2, after the top level was reduced from sixteen to fourteen teams. However, they were relegated even further, to the amateur Fédérale 1, due to financial problems; an audit of the club’s books revealed debts of €3.64 million as of 30 June 2005.[7] They earned promotion back to the professional ranks at the first opportunity, and played in Pro D2, in 2006–07; they finished their first season back in ProD2 in fourteenth place (out of sixteen), surviving the drop by one point over Limoges. They ended the 2007–08 season in eighth, close to the play-offs. In 2010–11 Grenoble finished second, losing the play-off semi-final game at home against Union Bordeaux Bègles. In 2011–12 Grenoble finished first, securing their return to the Top 14 for the 2012–13 season. In their first season back in the top flight, they were in contention for a playoff place early in the season, but faded to 11th, still safely above the relegation zone.

Honours[8] · [9] · [10][edit]

  • French premiership
    • Champions (1) : 1954
    • Runners-up (1) : 1993
  • Coupe de l'Espérance
    • Runners-up (1) : 1918
  • French second division:
    • Champions (2) : 1951, 2012
    • Runners-up (1) : 2002
  • Challenge Yves du Manoir:
    • Champions (1) : 1987
    • Runners-up (3) : 1969, 1986, 1990
  • Challenge Jean Bouin:
    • Runners-up (2) : 1992, 1994
  • French Championship Reserves:
    • Champions (6) : 1921 (Third Team), 1950, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1980 (Nationale B)
    • Runners-up (2) : 1969, 1972
  • Cup Frantz-Reichel:
    • Champions (4) : 1981, 1992, 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up (3) : 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Challenge complete club:
    • Champions (1) : 1993
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA:
    • Runners-up (1) : 1963

Finals results[edit]

French premiership[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
23 May 1954 FC Grenoble US Cognac 5-3 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 34,230
5 June 1993 Castres Olympique FC Grenoble 14-11 Parc des Princes, Paris 49,061

Coupe de l'Espérance[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
28 April 1918 Racing Club de France FC Grenoble 22-9 Stade du Matin, Colombes 3,000

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
24 May 1969 US Dax FC Grenoble 24 – 12 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 2,902
1 May 1986 AS Montferrand FC Grenoble 22-15 Stadium, Brive-la-Gaillarde 10,400
10 May 1987 FC Grenoble SU Agen 26–7 Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié, Narbonne 3,200
19 May 1990 RC Narbonne FC Grenoble 24–19 Stade du Hameau, Pau 5,500

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#Grenoble.

2013-14 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
Anthony Hegarty Hooker Australia Australia
Vincent Campo Hooker France France
Laurent Bouchet Hooker France France
Romain David Prop France France
Dayna Edwards Prop Australia Australia
Dan Palmer Prop Australia Australia
Grégory Fabro Prop France France
Richard Choirat Prop France France
Albertus Buckle Prop South Africa South Africa
Kenan Mutapcic Prop Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
Naude Beukes Lock South Africa South Africa
Andrew Farley (c) Lock Ireland Ireland
Altenstadt Hulme Lock South Africa South Africa
Hendrik Roodt Lock South Africa South Africa
Cyril Veyret Lock France France
Ben Hand Lock Australia Australia
Henry Vanderglas Flanker Australia Australia
Peter Kimlin Flanker Australia Australia
Roland Bernard Flanker South Africa South Africa
Jonathan Best Flanker France France
Fabien Alexandre Flanker France France
Flavien Nouhaillaguet Flanker France France
Shaun Sowerby Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Olivier Chaplain Number 8 France France
Florian Faure Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Valentin Courrent Scrum-half France France
Mathieu Lorée Scrum-half France France
James Hart Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Nicolas Bezy Fly-half France France
Blair Stewart Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Nigel Hunt Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Rida Jahouer Centre France France
Rudi Coetzee Centre South Africa South Africa
Geoffroy Messina Centre France France
Shane O'Leary Centre Canada Canada
Matthieu Nicolas Wing France France
Alipate Ratini Wing Fiji Fiji
Daniel Kilioni Wing Tonga Tonga
Ninard Florian Wing France France
Fabien Gengenbacher Fullback France France
Thiery Benjamin Fullback France France
Julien Caminati Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

Internationally Capped Players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le stade Lesdiguières" (in French). FC Grenoble. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ lacapitale_sto3554485/story.shtml "Combien de fois Bayonne s’est imposé dans la capitale ?". www.rugbyrama.fr. Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l’insupportable aveu de l’arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 june 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Grenoble drop out". rugbyrugby.com. Retrieved 29 November 2006. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Football Club de Grenoble Rugby". histoire.maillots.free.fr. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fiche club : Grenoble". www.finalesrugby.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Equipes du FC Grenoble Rugby honorées d'un titre". www.fcgrugby.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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