Section Paloise

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Full name Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées
Founded 1902; 113 years ago (1902)
Location Pau, France
Ground(s) Stade du Hameau (Capacity: 13,819)
President Pierre Bouisset
Coach(es) Jean-Bernard Duplantier
League(s) Pro D2
2013–14 4th (playoff semi-finalist)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.section-paloise.com

Section Paloise, in full Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées, is a French rugby union club from Pau in Pyrénées-Atlantiques competing in Rugby Pro D2, the second level of the French league system. They will play the 2015–16 season in the Top 14, having earned automatic promotion by winning the 2014-15 Pro D2 championship, nine years after having been relegated from the top flight.[1]

History[edit]

They were founded in 1902 as Section Paloise de la Ligue Girondine before adopting their current name in 1905. Section Paloise first joined the French first division in 1911, and were crowned champions for the first time in 1928. "La Section" have won the French Championship on three occasions, the last being in 1964. They have, however, reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and Top 14 as recently as 1998 and 2000, respectively. Section Paloise also added to their trophy case in 2000, winning the European Challenge Cup. At the end of the 2004–05 season, "La Section" survived a play-off game with Aurillac to remain in the Top 14. However, they were relegated the following season, and would remain in Pro D2 until earning promotion for the 2015–16 season. The club colors are green and white and their home ground is the Stade du Hameau (capacity 13,819). They are sponsored by French petroleum company Total.

Recent France internationals Imanol Harinordoquy, Damien Traille, and Lionel Beauxis began their professional club careers with Section Paloise.

Club honours[edit]

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
6 May 1928 Section Paloise US Quillan 6-4 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20.000
24 March 1946 Section Paloise FC Lourdes 11-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 30.000
24 May 1964 Section Paloise AS Béziers 14-0 Stade Municipal, Toulouse 27.797

Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2000 Section Paloise Castres Olympique 34-21 Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse 6.000
21 May 2005 Sale Sharks Section Paloise 27-3 Kassam Stadium, Oxford 7.230

Pro D2 promotion playoffs[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2012 Stade Montois Section Paloise 29–20 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 23,928

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 14 12 0 2 333 238 +95 4 1 49
2 Mont-de-Marsan 15 9 0 6 332 277 +55 0 3 39
3 Biarritz 14 9 0 5 304 271 +33 2 0 38
4 Perpignan 14 7 1 6 330 272 +58 2 4 36
5 Albi 14 8 0 6 307 305 +2 1 3 36
6 Aurillac 14 7 2 5 268 257 +11 2 2 36
7 Colomiers 14 8 0 6 290 272 +18 1 1 34
8 Montauban 14 7 0 7 296 258 +38 3 3 34
9 Béziers 14 7 0 7 283 271 +12 0 3 31
10 Agen 14 6 0 8 331 328 +3 2 3 29
11 Carcassonne 14 6 0 8 329 332 –3 1 3 28
12 Tarbes 14 6 0 8 308 388 −80 0 3 27
13 Massy 14 5 0 9 298 336 −38 1 4 25
14 Dax 15 5 0 10 252 332 −80 0 2 22
15 Bourgoin 14 5 1 8 281 332 –51 1 2 21
16 Narbonne 14 5 0 9 257 330 −73 0 1 21
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: 30 November 2014

Current squad[edit]

2014–15 season[2]
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Mehdi Boundjema Hooker France France
Clément Bourgeois Hooker France France
Vincent Campo Hooker France France
Sylvain Charlet Prop France France
Nicolas Decamps Prop France France
Peni Fakalelu Prop Tonga Tonga
Jérémy Hurou Prop France France
Julien Jacquot Prop France France
Geoffrey Moses Prop France France
Giorgi Natsarashivilivi Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Abdellatif Boutaty Lock Morocco Morocco
Claude Dry Lock South Africa South Africa
Cameron Pierce Lock Canada Canada
Damien Fèvre Lock France France
Daniel Ramsay Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Jean-Baptiste Barrère Back row France France
Loïc Bernad Back row France France
Jean Bouilhou Back row France France
James Coughlan Back row Ireland Ireland
Thomas De Molder Back row Belgium Belgium
Josefa Domolailai Back row Fiji Fiji
Brice Monzeglio Back row France France
Marlon Solofuti Back row Samoa Samoa
Player Position Union
Samuel Marques Scrum-half Portugal Portugal
Thibault Daubanga Scrum-half France France
Taniela Moa Scrum-half Tonga Tonga
Antoine Lescalmel Fly-half France France
Brandon Fajardo Fly-half France France
Simon Bonnet Centre France France
Mickaël Drouard Centre France France
Julien Fumat Centre France France
Damien Traille Centre France France
Jale Vatubua Centre Fiji Fiji
Bruno Hiriart Wing France France
Jean-Marc Mazzonetto Wing France France
Elijah Niko Wing Australia Australia
Marika Vunibaka Wing Fiji Fiji
Mathieu Acebes Fullback France France
Martin Prat Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRO D2, J27 - Pau – Montauban : la Section retrouve l’élite" (Press release). Ligue nationale de rugby. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.section-paloise.com/effectif.php

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