RC Narbonne

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Narbonne
RC Narbonne.png
Full name Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée
Founded 1907; 107 years ago (1907)
Location Narbonne, France
Ground(s) Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié (Capacity: 12,000)
President Louis Madaule
Coach(es) Matt Williams and Justin Harrison
League(s) Pro D2
2013–14 5th (playoff semi-finalist)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.rcnm.com

Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée (also known as RC Narbonne) is a French rugby union club that play in the second-level Rugby Pro D2.

They are based in Narbonne in Languedoc-Roussillon. They were founded in 1907. They play at Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié (capacity 12,000). They wear orange and black.

History[edit]

RC Narbonne were established in 1907. The club's first appearance in the domestic championship final came in May 1932, where they faced Lyon in Bordeaux. However, Narbonne were not able to capture their first title, as Lyon would go onto win the final 9 points to three. The following season Narbonne again made it to the final of the league, and once again, Lyon were their opponents. Again played in Bordeaux, Lyon were victorious once again, defeating Narbonne 10 points to three. However by 1936 Narbonne were once agagin finalists of the French championship, and on May 10 in Toulouse they defeated Montferrand 6 points to three, claiming their first ever championship.

In 1967 Narbonne contested the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir, playing FC Lourdes (the 1966 Challenge Yves du Manoir champions). FC Lourdes held onto their title, defeating Narbonne 9 points to three. However the following season, Narbonne were again finalists, and won their first Challenge Yves du Manoir title, defeating Dax 14 points to six.

The 1970s were another successful era for RC Narbonne. In 1973 Narbonne captured their first Challenge Yves du Manoir title since the 1968 season, defeating Béziers 13 points to six. 1974 was a great season for Narbonne; they successfully defended their Challenge Yves du Manoir title by defeating CA Brive in the final, they were also runners-up in the main French championship, being defeated by their 1973 Challenge Yves du Manoir opponents AS Béziers (16 points to 14). In 1978 Narbonne again won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, being awarded the title after drawing 19-all with AS Béziers due to them scoring more tries. 1979 was a very successful year for Narbonne; they were able to hold onto their Challenge Yves du Manoir title, defeating AS Montferrand 9 points to seven, as well as the Challenge Yves du Manoir, Narbonne won the French championship (for the first time since 1936), defeating Stade Bagnérais 10 to nil at Parc des Princes in the final.

Narbonne would also win a number of honours during the 1980s. The club were runners-up in the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1982, losing to US Dax 19 points to 22 in the final. Narbonne won it again in 1984, defeating Toulouse 17 points to 13 in the final. In 1985 Narbonne won the Coupe de France, defeating AS Béziers 28 to 27 after extra time. In 1989 Narbonne won the Challenge Yves du Manoir again, defeating Biarritz 18 points to 12. The club won it again in 1990, defeating Grenoble 24 to 19 in the final. Narbonne made it three in a row after winning the 1991 Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating CA Bègles 24 to 19 in the final game. Narbonne came close to winning the Challenge Yves du Manoir four times in a row, but lost to SU Agen 23-18 in the final. In 2001 Narbonne were runners-up in the European Challenge Cup, losing to the Harlequins 42 to 33 in the final.

Honours[edit]

  • Challenge Yves du Manoir:
    • Champions: 1968, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991
    • Runners-up: 1967, 1982, 1992

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
5 May 1932 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 9-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 13,000
7 May 1933 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 10-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 15,000
10 May 1936 RC Narbonne AS Montferrand 6-3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
12 May 1974 AS Béziers RC Narbonne 16-14 Parc des Princes, Paris 40,609
27 May 1979 RC Narbonne Stade Bagnérais 10-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 41,981

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1967 FC Lourdes 9-3 RC Narbonne
1968 RC Narbonne 14-6 US Dax
1973 RC Narbonne 13-6 AS Béziers
1974 RC Narbonne 19-10 CA Brive
1978 RC Narbonne 19-19
(more tries scored)
AS Béziers
1979 RC Narbonne 9-7 AS Montferrand
1982 US Dax 22-19 RC Narbonne
1984 RC Narbonne 17-13 Stade Toulousain
1989 RC Narbonne 18-12 Biarritz Olympique
1990 RC Narbonne 24-19 FC Grenoble
1991 RC Narbonne 24-19 CA Bègles
1992 SU Agen 23-18 RC Narbonne

Coupe de France[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1985 RC Narbonne 28-27 (a.e.t.) AS Béziers

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
2004 Harlequins 27-26 RC Narbonne

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Pau 10 9 0 1 261 127 +134 4 0 40
2 Albi 10 6 0 4 215 227 –12 1 2 27
3 Béziers 10 6 0 4 219 180 +39 0 2 26
4 Agen 10 5 0 5 248 215 +32 2 3 25
5 Colomiers 10 6 0 4 200 195 +5 0 1 25
6 Perpignan 10 5 0 5 230 216 +14 1 3 24
7 Carcassonne 10 5 0 5 246 227 +19 1 2 23
8 Mont-de-Marsan 10 5 0 5 212 195 +17 0 3 23
9 Aurillac 10 4 1 5 187 197 –10 2 2 22
10 Biarritz 10 5 0 5 191 240 –49 1 0 21
11 Montauban 10 4 0 6 199 188 +11 2 2 20
12 Massy 10 4 0 6 219 252 −33 0 3 19
13 Tarbes 10 4 0 6 226 298 −72 0 3 19
14 Bourgoin 10 4 1 5 218 228 –10 0 3 17
15 Narbonne 10 4 0 6 193 243 −50 0 1 17
16 Dax 10 3 0 7 179 225 −46 0 1 13
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14. Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs. Red background (row 15 and 16) will be relegated to Fédérale 1. Updated: 9 November 2014

Squad[edit]

Props

  • Sébastien Petit
  • Grégory Fichten
  • Benoit Zanon
  • Stanley Wright
  • Jérémy Haurie
  • Wilfrid Hounkpatin

Hookers

Locks

  • Bertrand Aurignac
  • Nicolas Strauss
  • Gonçalo Uva
  • Romain Manchia


 

Loose Forwards

  • Benjamin Beaux
  • Jono Jenkins
  • Guillaume Borwin
  • Ted Postal
  • Etienne Herjean
  • Lei Tomiki
  • Charles Malet

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves


 

Centres

  • Fabien Grammatico
  • Karnecius Kaufana
  • José Lima
  • Tyrone Smith
  • Brendan Hégarty


Wings

  • Luke Hume
  • Vincent Rattez
  • Saïa Fekitoa
  • Sakiusa Navakadretia
  • Cédric Zucco

Fullbacks

  • Quentin Etienne
  • Thomas Poitrenaud

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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