Stade Toulousain

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Stade Toulousain
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Full name Stade Toulousain
Founded 1907; 107 years ago (1907)
Location Toulouse, France
Ground(s) Stade Ernest-Wallon (Capacity: 19,500)
President France Jean-René Bouscatel
Coach(es) France Guy Novès (Head Coach)
France William Servat (Forwards)
France Jean-Baptiste Élissalde (Backs)
Captain(s) France Thierry Dusautoir
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 4th (playoff quarter-finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website

Stade Toulousain (French pronunciation: ​[stad tuluzɛ̃]) (In Occitan: Estadi Tolosenc), also referred to as Toulouse, is a French rugby union club from Toulouse in Midi-Pyrénées. Toulouse is arguably one of the finest rugby clubs in Europe, having won the Heineken Cup four times (record) – in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010. They were also runners-up in 2004 and 2008 against London Wasps and Munster, respectively. Stade Toulousain have also won a record 19 French Championship titles. It is traditionally one of the main providers for the French national team. Their home ground is the Stade Ernest-Wallon. However, big Top 14 matches along with Heineken Cup games are often played at the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse. The club's colours are red, black and white.


The Birth[edit]

Before 1907 rugby in Toulouse was only played in schools or universities. In 1893, students of secondary school "Lycée de Toulouse" got together in "les Sans Soucis". Once attending university the same students founded "l'Olympique Toulousain", which became "Stade Olympien des Etudiants de Toulouse" (SOET) a few years later in 1896. In the same period, 'non-students' grouped in "le Sport Atléthique Toulousain" (SAT) while students of the veterinary school created "l'Union Sportive de l'Ecole Vétérinaire" (USEV). Both entities merged in 1905 and called themselves "Véto-Sport". Finally in 1907, Stade Toulousain was founded resulting from a union between the SOET and Véto-Sport.

Early years[edit]

The 1912 French champion.

Stade Toulousain played its first final of the national title French Championship in 1909 and lost it to Stade Bordelais Université Club (17–0) in Toulouse. In 1912 Stade Toulousain won its first national title. It had to wait until 1922 before it won its second. However the 1920s were a golden era for the club. Their first final action in the 1920s was in 1921, when they were defeated by USA Perpignan. Despite losing in 1921, the side went on to win the 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1927 championships.

1930s to 1950s[edit]

The following decades were relatively quiet after such a dominant era during the 1920s. Stade Toulousain would not make it to any grand finals during the 1930s, and it would not be until the late 1940s when they would return. However they did contest the Challenge Yves du Manoir with RC Toulon in 1934, though it ended in a nil-all tie and both teams were winners. The club made it to the final of the 1947 championship, and claimed the premiership, beating SU Agen, 10 to 3. However, no such championships followed, the club was again relatively quiet on the championship. It was 22 years in the waiting; Toulouse made it to the final, but were defeated by the CA Bègles club.

1970s to 1980s[edit]

In 1971 Toulouse contested the Challenge Yves du Manoir against US Dax, losing 18 to 8. Eleven years after the CA Bègles defeat, the club was again disappointed in the final, being defeated by AS Béziers in the championship game of 1980. The latter end of the decade was however, reminiscent of the 1920s sides. Toulouse were again contesting the Challenge Yves du Manoir for the 1984 season, though they lost to RC Narbonne 17 to 3. They did however claim their first championship since 1947, defeating RC Toulon in the 1985 final. The following season saw them successfully defend their championship, defeating SU Agen in the final. After a number of defeats in the Challenge Yves du Manoir finals, Toulouse defeated US Dax to win the 1988 competition. Both Toulon and Agen won the following premierships (1987 and 1988) but Toulouse won another championship in 1989.

Stade Français vs Stade toulousain which took place in Stade de France, Paris, 27/01/2007
Against the Racing club de France, 1912

1990s to present[edit]

The dominance continued in the 1990s, starting with a grand final loss in 1991, and a Challenge Yves du Manoir championship in 1993, defeating Castres 13 to 8 in the final. The mid-1990s saw Stade Toulousain become a major force yet again, as the club claimed four premierships in a row, winning the championship in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997, as well as the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1995. The club emmulated its success in the European Rugby Cup, becoming the first ever champions in the 1995–96 season.

The late 1990s and the 2000s saw the club again reach great heights. The club won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1998, defeating Stade Français Paris, and the 1999 championship as well as the 2001 championship and were runners-up in the 2003 season, losing to Stade Français in the final. As the club had done in the mid-1990s, Stade Toulousain replicated this success in the European Rugby Cup, winning the 2002–03 championship and the 2004–05 championship. The club made it to the final of the 2005–06 Top 14, and despite only trailing Biarritz 9–6 at half time, Toulouse could not prevent a second-half whitewash, eventually going down 40–13. They ended their seven-year title drought with a 26–20 win over ASM Clermont Auvergne on 28 June 2008. In 2008 they narrowly lost a Heineken Cup Final to Munster by 3 points. In 2010 Toulouse defeated Leinster to reach the final where they faced Biarritz Olympique at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday 22 May 2010. Toulouse won the game by 21–19 to claim their fourth Heineken Cup title,[1][2] making them the only club to ever win the title four times. Stade Toulousain is also the only French club to have taken part in all the editions of Heineken Cup since its creation (17, with the 2011–12 season). They won the French championship in 2011 against Montpellier (15-10) and 2012 against Toulon (18-12). Stade Toulousain reached the semi-finals of the French championship 20 consecutive years (from 1994 to 2013).


Toulouse playing Bath in the 2013 Heineken Cup.

Toulouse play their home games at the Stade Ernest-Wallon, which was built in the late 1980s and was recently renovated. Stade Toulousain is one of the three teams (all sports included) that own its stadium. It has a capacity of 19,500. The stadium however cannot always accommodate all the fans of the Toulouse club. For the larger fixtures, such as championship or Heineken Cup games or play-offs, the fixture may be moved to Stadium Municipal, which has double capacity, 38,000. The stadium has been used for numerous matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup


Rugby Union[edit]


  • Champions of Midi:
    • Champions: 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914

European record[edit]

Toulouse has the best European competition record. Since the European Rugby Cups were inaugurated for the 1995–96 season, Toulouse has qualified for the Heineken Cup in every season. The club has the best competition record in the Heineken Cup, more so than any other club in Europe, having won the competition four times.

Season Competition Games Points Notes
played won drawn lost for against difference
2011–12 Heineken Cup 7 4 0 3 164 124 40 Quarter-finalists (lost to Edinburgh)
2010–11 Heineken Cup 8 6 0 2 205 137 68 Semi-finalists (lost to Leinster)
2009–10 Heineken Cup 9 8 0 1 232 143 89 Champions (defeated Biarritz Olympique)
2008–09 Heineken Cup 7 4 1 1 127 97 30 Quarter-finalists (lost to Cardiff Blues)
2007–08 Heineken Cup 9 6 0 3 210 119 91 Runners-up (lost to Munster)
2006–07 Heineken Cup 6 3 0 3 147 145 2 Failed to exit group stages from Pool 5.
2005–06 Heineken Cup 7 5 1 1 223 165 58 Quarter-finalists (lost to Leinster)
2004–05 Heineken Cup 9 8 0 1 263 144 119 Champions (defeated Stade Français)
2003–04 Heineken Cup 9 7 0 2 232 113 119 Runners-up (lost to Wasps)
2002–03 Heineken Cup 9 8 0 1 308 163 145 Champions (defeated Perpignan)
2001–02 Heineken Cup 6 3 0 3 151 146 5 Failed to exit group stages from Pool 6.
2000–01 Heineken Cup 6 2 1 3 171 182 −11 Failed to exit group stages from Pool 3.
1999–00 Heineken Cup 8 6 0 2 256 122 134 Semi-finalists (lost to Munster)
1998–99 Heineken Cup 7 4 0 3 247 118 129 Quarter-finalists (lost to Ulster)
1997–98 Heineken Cup 8 6 1 1 273 153 120 Semi-finalists (lost to Brive)
1996–97 Heineken Cup 6 4 0 2 194 197 −3 Semi-finalists (lost to Leicester Tigers)
1995–96 Heineken Cup 4 4 0 0 123 40 83 Champions (defeated Cardiff)

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.

Current squad[edit]

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

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
Jaba Bregvadze Hooker Georgia (country) Georgia
Christopher Tolofua Hooker France France
Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker South Africa South Africa
Maartens Van Der Heever Hooker South Africa South Africa
Schalk Ferreira Prop South Africa South Africa
Antoine Guillamon Prop France France
Census Johnston Prop Samoa Samoa
Vasil Kakovin Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Yohan Montès Prop France France
Gurthrö Steenkamp Prop South Africa South Africa
Patricio Albacete Lock Argentina Argentina
Joe Tekori Lock Samoa Samoa
Yoann Maestri Lock France France
Romain Millo-Chluski Lock France France
Thierry Dusautoir (C) Flanker France France
Grégory Lamboley Flanker France France
Yacouba Camara Flanker France France
Yannick Nyanga Flanker France France
Akapusi Qera Flanker Fiji Fiji
Louis Picamoles Number 8 France France
Gillian Galan Number 8 France France
Edwin Maka Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Player Position Union
Jean-Marc Doussain Scrum-half France France
Jano Vermaak Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Lionel Beauxis Fly-half France France
Luke McAlister Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Jean-Pascal Barraque Fly-half France France
Yann David Centre France France
Gaël Fickou Centre France France
Florian Fritz Centre France France
Hosea Gear Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Vincent Clerc Wing France France
Yves Donguy Wing France France
Yoann Huget Wing France France
Timoci Matanavou Wing Fiji Fiji
Maxime Médard Fullback France France
Clément Poitrenaud Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

see also Category:Stade Toulousain rugby union players

Selected former coaches[edit]

see also Category:Stade Toulousain rugby union coaches



  • Le Huit (fan club of Stade toulousain)
  • Le Huit Section Aveyron
  • Le Rouge et le Noir (formerly Les ultras), the oldest fan club.
  • Le 16e homme
  • Le 16e homme Toulousains 2 Paris (Stade Toulousain's supporters Club at Paris)
  • L'amicale des Supporters
  • Le Virage Toulousain
  • Tolosa XV
  • Les Rouge et Noir de Picardie

Famous fans[edit]

Stade Toulouse is also supported by some famous personalities.

Here is a partial list: Christine Albanel, Benoist Apparu, Cécile Argiolas, Sylvain Augier, Sophie Balmary, Coralie Balmy, Brigitte Barèges, Laetitia Barlerin, Séverine Beltrame, Ellyn Bermejo, Cédric Berrest, Bombes 2 bal, Philippe Bonnecarrère, Vincent Bouchot, Benjamin Boukpeti, Amandine Bourgeois, Yves Camdeborde, Patrice Carmouze, Alexianne Castel, Clémence Castel, Magyd Cherfi, les Chevaliers du Fiel, Christelle Chollet, Pierre Cohen, Julien Courbey, André Daguin, Bernard Debré, Jean-Louis Debré, Mike Di Meglio, Stéphane Diagana, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Sophie Duarte, Émile et Images, Tony Estanguet, Ophélie-Cyrielle Étienne, Fabulous Trobadors, Catherine Falgayrac, Sophie Ferracci, Solenne Figuès, Pierre Galibert, Benoît Hamon, Jade, Laurent Jalabert, KDD, Christophe Kempé, Catherine Lemorton, Cyril Lignac, Jean-Pierre Mader, Frédérique Massat, Émilie Mazoyer, Art Mengo, Romain Mesnil, Malia Metella, Laure Milan, David Moncoutié, Moos, Chloé Mortaud, Jean-Luc Moudenc, Claude Onesta, Jean-Christophe Péraud, Olivier Pla, Jean-Luc Reichmann, Sam Rouanet, Jean-Luc Roy, Maryline Salvetat, Claude Sicre, Anne-Lise Touya, Fanny Veyrac, Christine de Veyrac, Anne-Laure Viard, Doriane Vidal, Mélody Vilbert, Sophie Vouzelaud, Laurent Wolf and Zebda.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cleary, Mick (2010-05-22). "Toulouse lead French revolution with Heineken Cup final win against Biarritz". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Biarritz 19–21 Toulouse: As it happened". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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