French Rugby League Championship

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French Rugby League Championship
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Sport Rugby League
Founded 1934
No. of teams 11
Country  France
Most recent champion(s) Toulouse

The French rugby league championship (French: Le Championnat de France de Rugby à XIII) has been the major rugby league tournament for semi-professional and professional clubs in France and Monaco since the sport was introduced to the country in the 1930s.

Except for the first season, a play-off structure leading to a championship final has always been used to determine the fate of the championship. Because the French rugby league championship has several divisions where the teams will change each year depending on final standings and relegation/promotion there have been many teams in the French rugby league championship since its inception.

The championship is divided into several divisions; the top league is currently titled Elite One Championship (French: Le Championnat de France Elite).

List of champions[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
1934–1935 US Villeneuve1 n/a
1935–1936 XIII Catalan 25–14 Bordeaux XIII Bordeaux
1936–1937 Bordeaux XIII 23–10 XIII Catalan Bordeaux
1937–1938 RC Albi 8–5 US Villeneuve Bordeaux
1938–1939 Roanne 9–0 US Villeneuve Bordeaux
1939–1940 XIII Catalan 20–16 Pau XIII Toulouse
1940–44 Rugby league outlawed by Vichy regime
1944–1945 AS Carcassonne 13–12 Toulouse Olympique Perpignan
1945–1946 AS Carcassonne 12–0 Toulouse Olympique Lyon
1946–1947 Roanne XIII 19–0 AS Carcassonne Lyon
1947–1948 Roanne XIII 3–2 AS Carcassonne Marseille
1948–1949 Marseille XIII 12–5 AS Carcassonne Carcassonne
1949–1950 AS Carcassonne 21–7 Marseille XIII Perpignan
1950–1951 Lyon Villeurbanne 15–10 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1951–1952 AS Carcassonne 18–6 Marseille XIII Toulouse
1952–1953 AS Carcassonne 19–12 Lyon Villeurbanne Toulouse
1953–1954 Bordeaux XIII 7–4 Marseille XIII Toulouse
1954–1955 Lyon Villeurbanne 7–6 AS Carcassonne Toulouse
1955–1956 RC Albi 13–5 AS Carcassonne Toulouse
1956–1957 XIII Catalan 14–9 SO Avignon Toulouse
1957–1958 RC Albi 8–6 AS Carcassonne Toulouse
1958–1959 US Villeneuve 24–16 FC Lézignan Toulouse
1959–1960 Roanne XIII 31–24 RC Albi Toulouse
1960–1961 FC Lézignan 7–4 Roanne XIII Toulouse
1961–1962 RC Albi 14–7 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1962–1963 FC Lézignan 20–13 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1963–1964 US Villeneuve 4–3 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
1964–1965 Toulouse Olympique 47–15 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1965–1966 AS Carcassonne 45–20 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1966–1967 AS Carcassonne 39–15 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1967–1968 SC Limoux 13–12 AS Carcassonne Toulouse
1968–1969 XIII Catalan 12–11 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1969–1970 RC Saint-Gaudens 32–10 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1970–1971 AS Saint Estève 13–4 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1971–1972 AS Carcassonne 21–9 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse
1972–1973 Toulouse Olympique 18–0 Marseille Toulouse
1973–1974 RC Saint-Gaudens 21–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1974–1975 Toulouse Olympique 10–9 AS Saint Estève Toulouse
1975–1976 AS Carcassonne 14–6 FC Lézignan Toulouse
1976–1977 RC Albi 19–10 AS Carcassonne Albi
1977–1978 FC Lézignan 3–0 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1978–1979 XIII Catalan 17–2 AS Carcassonne Toulouse
1979–1980 US Villeneuve 12–7 AS Saint Estève Toulouse
1980–1981 US Villeneuve n/a² XIII Catalan Toulouse
1981–1982 XIII Catalan 21–8 AS Saint Estève Toulouse
1982–1983 XIII Catalan 10–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1983–1984 XIII Catalan 30–6 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1984–1985 XIII Catalan 26–6 US Le Pontet Toulouse
1985–1986 US Le Pontet 19–6 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1986–1987 XIII Catalan 11–3 US Le Pontet Toulouse
1987–1988 US Le Pontet 14–2 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1988–1989 AS Saint Estève 23–4 US Le Pontet Narbonne
1989–1990 AS Saint Estève 24–23 AS Carcassonne Narbonne
1990–1991 RC Saint-Gaudens 10–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse
1991–1992 AS Carcassonne 11–10 AS Saint Estève Toulouse
1992–1993 AS Saint Estève 9–8 XIII Catalan Toulouse
1993–1994 XIII Catalan 6–4 Pia XIII Narbonne
1994–1995 Pia XIII 12–10 AS Saint Estève Narbonne
1995–1996 US Villeneuve 27–26 AS Saint Estève Narbonne
1996–1997 AS Saint Estève 28–24 US Villeneuve Narbonne
1997–1998 AS Saint Estève 15–8 US Villeneuve Narbonne
1998–1999 US Villeneuve 33–20 St Gaudens Paris
1999–2000 Spacers de Toulouse 20–18 AS Saint Estève Paris
2000–2001 US Villeneuve 32–20 Spacers de Toulouse Toulouse
2001–2002 US Villeneuve 17–0 Union Treiziste Catalane Béziers
2002–2003 US Villeneuve 31–18 RC Saint-Gaudens Narbonne
2003–2004 RC Saint-Gaudens 14–10 Union Treiziste Catalane Perpignan
2004–2005 Union Treiziste Catalane 66–16 Toulouse Olympique Narbonne
2005–2006 Pia XIII 21–18 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
2006–2007 Pia XIII 20–16 FC Lézignan Colomiers
2007–2008 Lézignan Sangliers 26–16 Pia Donkeys Béziers
2008–2009 Lézignan Sangliers 40–32 Limoux Grizzlies Carcassonne
2009–2010 Lézignan Sangliers 32–22 Pia Donkeys Montpellier
2010–2011 Lézignan Sangliers 17–12 Limoux Grizzlies Narbonne
2011–2012 AS Carcassonne 26–20 Pia Donkeys Narbonne
2012–2013 Pia Donkeys 33–26 Saint Estève XIII Catalan Perpignan
2013–2014 Toulouse 38–12 Lézignan Perpignan

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Won title on points: no play-off was used
  2. Match abandoned after six minutes after the beginning due to fighting; no championship awarded.

Books[edit]

  • Le Rugby à XIII le plus français du monde −1934 to 1996– by Louis Bonnery,
  • the Forbidden game by Mike Rylance.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]