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) Stade Yves-du-Manoir (Capacity: 14,700)
President Roy Spiers
Coach(es) France Fabien Galthié
Captain(s) France 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 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. 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.

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 is returning for its third straight appearance in the Heineken Cup tournament for 2013-14.

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]

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.

Players[edit]

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

Squad 2013/14[edit]

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
Bustos, MaximilianoMaximiliano Bustos Prop Argentina Argentina
Fa'amausili, BarryBarry Fa'amausili Prop Samoa Samoa
Fa'anunu, PaeaPaea Fa'anunu Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Figallo, JuanJuan Figallo Prop Argentina Argentina
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
Marco, Mickaël deMickaël de Marco Lock France France
Hamilton, JimJim Hamilton Lock Scotland Scotland
Privat, ThibautThibaut Privat Lock France France
Tchale-Watchou, RobinsRobins Tchale-Watchou Lock Cameroon Cameroon
Timani, SitalekiSitaleki Timani Lock Australia Australia
Bias, AlexandreAlexandre Bias Flanker France France
Gorgodze, MamukaMamuka Gorgodze Flanker Georgia (country) Georgia
Galletier, KélianKélian Galletier Flanker France France
Ouedraogo, FulgenceFulgence Ouedraogo (c) Flanker France France
Beattie, JohnnieJohnnie Beattie Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Grant, PaulPaul Grant Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Tulou, AlexAlex Tulou Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Escande, EricEric Escande Scrum-half France France
Paillaugue, BenoîtBenoît Paillaugue Scrum-half France France
Pélissié, JonathanJonathan Pélissié Scrum-half France France
Trinh-Duc, FrançoisFrançois Trinh-Duc Fly-half France France
Perraux, IlianIlian Perraux Fly-half France France
Selponi, EnzoEnzo Selponi Fly-half France France
Combezou, ThomasThomas Combezou Centre France France
du Plessis, JPJP du Plessis Centre South Africa South Africa
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
Audrin, YoanYoan Audrin Wing France France
Dupont, LucasLucas Dupont Wing France France
Nagusa, TimociTimoci Nagusa Wing Fiji Fiji
Floch, AnthonyAnthony Floch Fullback France France
Sicart, BenoitBenoit Sicart Fullback France France
Berard, PierrePierre Berard Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

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