Montpellier Hérault Rugby

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Montpellier
Logo Montpellier Hérault Rugby - MHR.jpg
Full name Montpellier Hérault Rugby
Founded 1986; 28 years ago (1986)
Location Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Ground(s) Altrad Stadium (Capacity: 14,700)
President Roy Spiers
Coach(es) Fabien Galthié
Captain(s) Fulgence Ouedraogo
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 2nd (playoff semi-finalists)
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.montpellier-rugby.com

Montpellier Hérault Rugby (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃.pə.lje eʁo ʁʊɡbi klʊb]) (In Occitan: Montpelhièr Erau Rugbi Club) is a professional French rugby union, based in Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon. The club competes in the top level of the French league system, in the Top 14. They originally played at Stade Sabathé (capacity 5,000) but moved to the Stade Yves-du-Manoir, now known as Altrad Stadium, in 2007. They wear white and blue.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1986 through the merger of two other rugby union clubs, the Stade Montpelliérain and MUC Rugby.

In 1993 the club won the Challenge de l'Espérance.

In 2003 the club became the champion of France's second division national rugby league, the Pro D2. After finishing second in the league table at the end of the 2002–03 season, Montpellier advanced to the playoffs. They defeated Auch in the semi-finals and Tarbes in the finals to win promotion to the Top 14. The following season the club played for the European Shield, and contested the final. Played in May 2004, Montpellier defeated Italian club Viadana 25 points to 19 to win the Shield.

The club barely avoided relegation after the 2006–07 season. Winning only 9 games during a 26 game season, Montpellier found itself in a relegation position with only two games left to play. Thanks to a bonus point victory in week 25, the team finished just four points ahead of Agen which was relegated to the Pro D2 at the end of the year.

After 2006-07, the club's fortunes began to improve. In June 2007, Fulgence Ouedraogo became the first Montpellier player to play on the French national rugby union team. Also that summer the club's new stadium opened, the Stade Yves-du-Manoir (renamed Altrad Stadium in 2014). In 2007–08 Montpellier enjoyed its first winning season in the Top 14. The club made its next step up the table in 2010–11 when it unexpectedly finished sixth by a single point and made the Top 14 playoffs for the first time. The underdog squad defeated both Castres and Racing Métro to make the championship game where they were defeated 15-10 by Toulouse. Since that season, Montpellier has become a consistent playoff contender, finishing fifth in both 2011–12 and 2012-13 and second on the league table in 2013–14.

Thanks to the club's excellent 2010–11 showing, Montpellier was awarded its first spot in the Heineken Cup tournament for 2011-12. The club returned for the 2012–13 tournament and made the semi-finals before being eliminated by Clermont. Montpellier returned for the final edition of the Heineken Cup in 2013-14, and will play in the successor to the Heineken Cup, the European Rugby Champions Cup, in 2014–15.

Honours[edit]

Finals results[edit]

Top 14[edit]

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
4 June 2011 Stade Toulousain Montpellier Hérault RC 15–10 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 77,000

European Shield[edit]

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
21 May 2004 Montpellier Hérault RC Viadana 25-19 Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma 2,553

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 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 Clermont 5 4 0 1 116 68 +48 9 2 1 1 18
2 Stade Français 5 4 0 1 116 128 −12 12 12 1 0 17
3 Toulon 5 3 0 2 141 92 +49 14 8 1 1 14
4 Montpellier 5 3 0 2 121 93 +28 10 7 1 1 14
5 Bordeaux 5 3 0 2 111 106 +5 8 9 0 1 13
6 Racing Métro 5 3 0 2 91 99 −8 9 10 1 0 13
7 Grenoble 5 2 0 3 137 125 +8 15 10 2 2 12
8 Oyonnax 5 2 0 3 127 117 +10 13 11 1 2 11
9 Toulouse 5 2 0 3 108 101 +7 9 7 1 1 10
10 Bayonne 5 2 0 3 111 111 0 9 12 1 1 10
11 Brive 5 2 0 3 81 102 −21 6 5 1 0 9
12 Lyon 5 2 0 3 90 98 −8 8 8 0 1 9
13 La Rochelle 5 2 0 3 124 168 −44 10 20 1 0 9
14 Castres 5 1 0 4 84 150 −66 6 17 1 1 6

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 2015–16 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 and the two highest teams from the Pro12 which have not already qualified automatically for a place in the Champions Cup. If the 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner has not already qualified, it will participate in the play off by taking a place given to its league.[1] Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 14 September 2014

Current squad[edit]

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

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
Bianchin, ThomasThomas Bianchin Hooker France France
Geli, CharlesCharles Geli Hooker France France
Ivaldi, MickaëlMickaël Ivaldi Hooker France France
Attoub, DavidDavid Attoub Prop France France
Bustos, MaximilianoMaximiliano Bustos Prop Argentina Argentina
King, ChrisChris King Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Leleimalefaga, Na'amaNa'ama Leleimalefaga Prop Samoa Samoa
Lobo, NahuelNahuel Lobo Prop Argentina Argentina
Mas, NicolasNicolas Mas Prop France France
Nariashvili, MikheilMikheil Nariashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Watremez, YvanYvan Watremez Prop France France
Donnelly, TomTom Donnelly Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Privat, ThibautThibaut Privat Lock France France
Tchale-Watchou, RobinsRobins Tchale-Watchou Lock Cameroon Cameroon
Timani, SitalekiSitaleki Timani Lock Australia Australia
Battut, AntoineAntoine Battut Flanker France France
Bias, AlexandreAlexandre Bias Flanker France France
Galletier, KélianKélian Galletier Flanker France France
Mowen, BenBen Mowen Flanker Australia Australia
Ouedraogo, FulgenceFulgence Ouedraogo (c) Flanker France France
Qera, AkapusiAkapusi Qera Flanker Fiji Fiji
Tulou, AlexAlex Tulou Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Iribaren, TeddyTeddy Iribaren Scrum-half France France
Paillaugue, BenoîtBenoît Paillaugue Scrum-half France France
Pélissié, JonathanJonathan Pélissié Scrum-half France France
Selponi, EnzoEnzo Selponi Fly-half France France
Trinh-Duc, FrançoisFrançois Trinh-Duc Fly-half France France
Ebersohn, RobertRobert Ebersohn Centre South Africa South Africa
Olivier, WynandWynand Olivier Centre South Africa South Africa
Ranger, ReneRene Ranger Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Tuitavake, AnthonyAnthony Tuitavake Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Artru, YohannYohann Artru Wing France France
Fall, BenjaminBenjamin Fall Wing France France
Nagusa, TimociTimoci Nagusa Wing Fiji Fiji
Dupont, LucasLucas Dupont Wing France France
Viriviri, SamisoniSamisoni Viriviri Wing Fiji Fiji
Berard, PierrePierre Berard Fullback France France
Floch, AnthonyAnthony Floch Fullback France France
Sicart, BenoîtBenoît Sicart Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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