SC Albi

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Albi
SC Albi.png
Full name Sporting Club Albigeois
Founded 1906; 108 years ago (1906)
Location Albi, France
Ground(s) Stadium Municipal d'Albi (Capacity: 13,058)
President France Bernard Archilla
Coach(es) France Jean Christophe Bacca
France Henri Broncan
Captain(s) France Vincent Clément
League(s) Pro D2
2013–14 12th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.sca-albi.fr

Sporting Club Albigeois is a professional French rugby union club playing the second-level Rugby Pro D2. During the past years it went back and forth between Top 14, the highest level of the French league system and the second-level Rugby Pro D2. Their last time in the Top 14 was for 2009–10 after winning the 2008–09 promotion playoffs. The previous one began in 2006 and came to an end after the 2007–08 season due to financial issues. Founded in 1907, the club plays at the Stadium municipal d'Albi (capacity 12,000). They wear black and yellow. They are based in Albi in Midi-Pyrénées.

History[edit]

Sporting Club Albigeois was founded in December 1906 as a sportsclub where, in addition to rugby, tennis and running were practiced. Their first title came in 1926 when they beat Stade Toulousain in the final of the highly competitive championnat des Pyrénées (Pyrénées league).

In 1940, the Vichy regime forced towns with a population below 50,000 to merge their sports clubs in single entities. (UA Gaillac is another rugby union example). Vichy also targeted the professional rugby league and Albi was forced to bring together the two local clubs, S.C. Albi and R.C. Albi XIII under the name Albi Olympique.

In 1945, each club went its way and recovered its previous name. In 1949, SC Albi reached the First Division. In 1955, it qualified for the playoffs, managing to oust the prestigious Racing Club de France in the first round, before going down to Romans in the round of 16.

Until the 1980s, Albi went through regular ups-and-downs between the first and second divisions (Div 1 1961-1970, 1973–75, 1977–79, Div 2, 1957 – 1959, 1970–73, 1975–77, 1979–85). Their only notable performance was another playoff win against Toulouse in 1974. Albi remained in the second or third divisions until 2000.

The millennium was very favourable for Albi. The club reached three consecutive third division finals, all lost, in 2000, 2001 et 2002, to FC Oloron Sainte-Marie, Oyonnax and Tours. However, the professional Pro D2 offered two promotion spots in 2002 and Albi was back in the second division.

It took them four more years to take the last step. After finishing second to US Montauban in the 2006 regular season, they went on to beat AS Béziers and US Dax in the promotion playoffs and secure the final spot in the élite league Top 14. They remained in Top 14 until the 2007-08 season. Although they finished 12th that season, which would normally have kept them in the top flight, they were forcibly relegated to Pro D2 due to financial issues.

The following season, they finished third on the regular-season table, qualifying for the promotion playoffs. Their home playoff semifinal against La Rochelle ended 12–12 in regulation. Each team slotted a penalty in extra time, which ended 15–15. Under French rules, the first tiebreaker in such a situation is fewest red cards. Since neither side had a player sent off, the next tiebreaker is number of tries, followed by number of penalties scored. Albi went through because they had kicked 5 penalties to La Rochelle's 4 (and one drop goal). They defeated Oyonnax 14–12 in the playoff final on 31 May 2009 in Montpellier to secure their place in the Top 14 2009-2010 season.

By April 2010 the club had already been relegated from the Top 14 after recording only 3 wins all season.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • French league, Division 1: (predecessor to today's Top 14)
    • Round of 16 : 1955, 1974
  • Rugby Pro D2:
    • Promotion playoff winners: 2006, 2009
  • French League, Division 1, B Group: (second division; predecessor to today's Pro D2)
    • semi-final: 1980, 1986
  • French league, Nationale 1: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2000
  • French league, Promotion Nationale: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2001
  • French league, Fédérale 1: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2002
  • Championnat des Pyrénées:
    • Winner 1926

Current standings[edit]

2013–14 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon (C) 30 25 0 5 877 480 397 14 3 117
2 Agen (RU) 30 21 0 9 774 534 240 7 7 98[n 1]
3 La Rochelle (P) 30 21 1 8 723 476 247 8 4 98
4 Pau (SF) 30 20 1 9 635 503 132 5 6 93
5 Narbonne (SF) 30 18 1 11 801 603 198 8 6 88
6 Tarbes 30 17 1 12 658 577 81 5 5 80
7 Mont-de-Marsan 30 12 3 15 597 575 22 4 10 68
8 Bourgoin 30 13 2 15 597 598 -1 4 7 67
9 Colomiers 30 13 2 15 568 532 36 1 9 66
10 Béziers 30 11 1 18 521 688 -167 3 11 60
11 Aurillac 30 12 0 18 602 709 -107 4 7 59
12 Albi 30 11 2 17 603 728 -125 1 5 54
13 Dax 30 11 2 17 457 705 -248 0 5 53
14 Carcassonne 30 10 0 20 580 795 -215 1 9 50
15 Auch (R) 30 8 3 19 485 759 -274 2 4 44
16 Bourg-en-Bresse (R) 30 7 1 22 537 753 -216 0 11 41
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14. Yellow background denotes winner of the promotion play-offs.
Blue background denotes other teams that qualified for the promotion play-offs. Red background (row 15 and 16) will be relegated to Fédérale 1.
Source:Midol Updated: 25 May 2014
  1. ^ Agen won the head-to-head matches with La Rochelle 9 – 0 on match points so rank above them.

Current squad[edit]

2012–13 season
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
Malik Djebablah Hooker France France
Cyriac Ponneau Hooker France France
Vakhtangi Akhobadze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Bastien Dedieu Prop France France
Malik Hamaddache Prop France France
Younes El Jai Prop France France
Nicolas Frize Prop France France
Maxime Gau Prop France France
Kalaber Koberize Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Nicolas Kwarazfelia Prop France France
Florian Prime Prop France France
Giorgi Tetrashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Mathieu André Lock France France
Yogane Corréa Lock Senegal Senegal
César Damiani Lock France France
Rami Laadila Lock France France
Vakhtang Maisuradze Lock France France
Jérôme Mondoulet Lock France France
Vincent Calas Back row France France
Nathan Lane Back row France France
Florian Letellier Back row France France
Yohann Misse Back row France France
Florent Fourcade Back row France France
Kvicha Bujiashvili Back row Georgia (country) Georgia
Loïc Mondoulet Back row France France
Julien Raynaud Back row France France
Andrea Siccardi Back row France France
Player Position Union
Yohan Chateauraynaud Scrum-half France France
Samuel Marques Scrum-half Portugal Portugal
Romain Barthélémy Fly-half France France
Sylvain Bouillon Fly-half France France
Stéphane Guenin Fly-half France France
Baptiste Bonnet Centre France France
Pierre D'Andrea Centre France France
Baptiste Hecker Centre France France
Nicolas Kaiser Centre France France
Thibault Visensang Centre France France
Florian Vialelle Centre France France
Nasoni Kunavore Centre Fiji Fiji
Maxime Payen Wing France France
Nicolas Kraska Wing France France
Nicolas Metge Wing France France
Anthony Poujol Wing France France
Timilai Rokoduru Wing Fiji Fiji
Mathieu Péluchon Fullback Spain Spain

Notable former players[edit]

  • France Robert Basauri
  • France René Bousquet. 9 caps. One of the 15 Frenchmen who defeated England for the first time in 1927.
  • France Pierre Danos
  • France Charles-Antoine Gonnet. 16 cap. Also beat the English in 1927.
  • France Bernard Momméjat. 9 caps with SCA.

French president Georges Pompidou accepted to be honorary chairman of the club in 1969 and paid his fees regularly until he died in 1974. [1].

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