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Top 14
Current season or competition:
2014–15 Top 14 season
Logo Top14 2012.png
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1892
Number of teams 14
Country  France
Holders Toulon (2013–14)
Most titles Toulouse (19 titles)[1]
Website Official site

The Top 14 (French pronunciation: ​[tɔp katɔʀz]) is a rugby union club competition that is played in France. The Top 14 is at the top of the national league system operated by the French National Rugby League, also known by its French initialism of LNR. There is promotion and relegation between the Top 14 and the next level down, the Rugby Pro D2. The fourteen best rugby teams in France participate in the competition, hence the name Top 14. The competition was previously known as the Top 16.

The first ever final took place in 1892, between two Paris-based sides, Stade Français and Racing Club, with the latter becoming the inaugural champions. The competition has been held on an annual basis since, except from 1915 to 1919—because of World War I—and from 1940 to 1942—because of World War II. Toulouse is the most successful club in the competition with 19 titles.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The first competition was held in 1892, as a one-off championship game between the Racing Club de France and Stade Français. The Racing Club defeated Stade Français four points to three to win the first ever title, though the stadistes got their revenge the following year in a repeat of the final. The match official for that first final was Pierre de Coubertin. Stade Français would go onto win a number of titles thereafter. The 1897 and 1898 series were awarded on a points system after a round-robin. Although the competition was called the French championship, entry was confined to Parisian clubs. The 1899 season was the first to include clubs from outside of Paris, and led to Stade Bordelais (from Bordeaux) winning the final that season, which was also played outside of Paris, in Le Bouscat (a suburb of the city of Bordeaux).

For the following decade the championship game would usually end up being contested by the Racing Club, Stade Français and Stade Bordelais, with Stade Bordelais actually winning five titles during this period. During this time the final was usually held in various stadia around Paris with the exception of 1903 and 1909 where it was held in Toulouse, as SOE Toulouse and Stade Toulousain were finalists respectively. The competition was then won by a number of different clubs before World War I, with teams like FC Lyon, Stade Toulousain, Aviron Bayonnais and USA Perpignan claiming their first titles.

Between the wars[edit]

Due to the war, operations were suspended for a number of years. In its place, a competition known as the Coupe de l'Espérance was held which consisted mostly of young boys who had not yet been drafted. The competition was held four times but is not normally considered a full championship. The normal competition returned for the 1920 season, and Stadoceste Tarbais became the first post-war champions, defeating the Racing Club in the final. During the 1920s Stade Toulousain would create its now famous rugby history, winning five championships during the decade. USA Perpignan would also win two championships (their 1925 final victory was actually a second match, as a previous final had ended in a nil-all draw).

During the 1930s the championship game was held only in Bordeaux and Toulouse. The 1930 championship game won by Agen over US Quillan, was the first final to go into extra-time. It would also see Toulon and Lyon OU win their first championship games. During the latter part of the decade, RC Narbonne, CS Vienne and Perpignan all won titles, and Biarritz Olympique were champions in both 1935 and 1939.

Postwar[edit]

After the war the championship final returned to Paris, and was played at Parc des Princes for the next four seasons. The competition during the 1940s was won by a number of different teams, though Castres won in 1949, and then again in 1950. FC Lourdes would become a dominant club during the 1950s, winning five championships, and another in 1960.

SU Agen would go onto win three titles during the 1960s as well. Lourdes were also the champions of the 1968 season, but due to the May 1968 events, the finale was played three weeks behind normal schedule. At the end of regulation time the score was tied at 6–6, and then 9–9 after extra-time. Lourdes were declared champions because they had scored two tries to Toulon’s none and also because it was impossible to reschedule a third final so late, as the French national team were to leave on a tour to New Zealand and South Africa.

Although Béziers won their first championship in the 1961 season, it would be the 1970s which would see a golden era for the club, as they would win ten championships between 1971 and 1984, as well as being runners-up in 1976. Also in the mid 1970s, after being held in Toulouse, Lyon and Bordeaux in recent years, the championship final was taken to Parc des Princes on a permanent basis. During the rest of the 1980s, Toulouse were the dominant team, winning the championship in 1985, 1986 and 1989. Toulon won in 1987 (and were runners-up in 1985 and 1989), and Agen won in 1988 (and were runners-up in 1984 and 1986).

Into the professional era[edit]

The first match of the 1990s went into extra time, as the Racing Club defeated Agen, winning their first championship since 1959. CA Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde, Toulon, Castres and Toulouse would win the following finals. The 1990s also saw the game of rugby union go professional following the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. This also led to the establishment of the European Heineken Cup. Including their 1994 victory, Toulouse won four championships in succession. For the 1998 season, the final was moved to the newly constructed Stade de France, the new national stadium. The final, played in front of 78,000, saw Stade Français win their first championship since 1908.

Rising popularity[edit]

Top 14 logo used through the 2011–12 season.

The competition saw an enormous rise in popularity in 2005–06, with attendance rising to an average of 9,600 up by 25% from 2004–05, and numerous sellouts. On 15 October 2005, Stade Français drew a crowd of 79,502 at Stade de France for their home match against Toulouse; this broke the previous French attendance record for a regular-season league match in any sport (including football) by over 20,000. That record was broken on 4 March 2006, when Stade Français drew 79,604 to a rematch of the 2004–05 final against Biarritz at Stade de France. It was broken again on 14 October 2006 with 79,619 as the same two opponents met, and a fourth time on 27 January 2007, with 79,741 for another Stade Français-Toulouse match.[2] During the regular season 2010–2011, the average attendance per match reached 14,184.[3]

In 2011, Canal+ indicated that evening matches were being watched by 800,000–850,000 viewers while afternoon matches were watched by around 700,000 viewers.[4]

In recent years, numerous foreign players have joined Top 14 teams. (see here)

Economic strength of the Top 14 clubs[edit]

Over the recent years, the Top 14 has seen the economic strength of its clubs rise significantly. Helped with high attendances, large TV rights contracts,[5] public subsidies and the rise of the euro exchange rate,[6] Top 14 clubs have seen their overall spending budget increase significantly. In 2011–2012, 4 clubs had a budget over 20 millions euros: Toulouse (33), Clermont (24), Racing Metro (22), Stade Francais (21).[7] The average salary of players in the Top 14 were estimated to have risen, in 2010, to an average of $153,700 (to compare with $123,000 in the English Premiership).[8] The wealth of the Top 14 clubs has led them to attract a large number of international players,[9] and to build teams with more strength in depth (in 2011, Top 14 clubs could have as many as 45 players to compare with 33 for Leicester Tigers, 2010 Premiership winner).[10]

Two recent changes in regulation may somewhat limit this economic growth. First, the French government repealed the law known as DIC (Droit à l'Image Collectif) the 1 July 2010. This law, allowed all member clubs in French professional sports organisations to treat 30% of each player's salary as image rights. This portion of player salaries was thus exempt from France's high payroll and social insurance taxes.[11]

Second, to control the growth of club spending, the LNR introduced a salary cap in the Top 14 in the 2010–11 season. Under the provisions of the cap, team payrolls was limited to €8 million.[12] This is in addition to an existing requirement that wage bills be no more than 50% of a team's turnover.[13] However, the €8 million cap was only 5% greater than the highest official wage bill in the 2009–10 Top 14, and translated to £7.1 million at the time the cap was announced, well above the English Premiership's then-current £4 million cap. For the season 2011–2012, the LNR raised the salary cap to €8.7 million.[14] Since then, the cap has risen still further, to €10 million starting in 2013–14 and continuing through 2015–16. Additionally, the cap now excludes youth players whose salaries are no more than €50,000.[15]

At the same time as LNR announced the salary cap, it also announced new rules requiring a minimum percentage of French players on club rosters. Original plans were to require 50% French players in 2010–11, but protests from leading clubs led to a reduction to 40% for that season. The 50% quota was to be met in 2011–12, and 60% in 2012–13. Qualifying players must have been registered with the FFR for at least five years before turning 21, or have spent three seasons in an FFR-approved training centre if they are currently under 21.[12] These regulations, however, do not consider eligibility to play for the French national team. For example, the Armitage brothers (Delon, Steffon and Guy), although now internationally committed to England, all qualify as "French-developed" players because of their tenure in Nice's youth setup. On the other hand, recent France international Jérôme Thion, despite being a native and lifelong resident of France, was not considered "French-developed" under these regulations because he switched from basketball to rugby too late in his youth.[16]

While the most visible critics of the change in policy were wealthy club owners such as Mourad Boudjellal of Toulon and Max Guazzini of Stade Français, concern had been growing in French rugby circles that some smaller clubs might fold completely. Bourgoin only avoided a bankruptcy filing in 2009 by players agreeing to large wage cuts, and Brive, whose 2009–10 wage bill was €7.2 million, announced that they would cut their budget by 40% for the 2010–11 season.[11] Following the 2009–10 season, Bourgoin were denied a professional licence by LNR due to their ongoing financial issues, but the French Rugby Federation (FFR) reversed this decision on Bourgoin's appeal.[17] Montauban were relegated at the end of the same season after filing for bankruptcy.[18]

By the 2012–13 season, the internationalization of the Top 14 had reached such a state that Irish rugby journalist Ian Moriarty, who has had considerable experience covering the French game, asked the rhetorical question, "Has there ever been such a large disconnect between France's club teams and the international side they are supposed to serve?" He cited the following statistics from that season to make his point:[19]

  • Clermont and Toulon, who were set to play in the Heineken Cup final within days of Moriarty's piece, fielded a total of eight France-qualified starters out of a possible 30 in their Heineken Cup semifinal matches. Of these eight players, only four were regulars in the French national team.
  • During the 2012–13 Top 14, none of the top three points scorers were French, and only three of the top 10 try scorers were French.
  • Of the players who made the most appearances in their respective positions during that season, only three (out of 15) were French.
  • National team coach Philippe Saint-André suggested that several "foreign" players—meaning players who were born and largely developed outside the country—could make their debuts for France during the team's 2013 summer tour. Moriarty specifically named five such players as potential Test newcomers.

Format and structure[edit]

Final ASM vs Stade Français

The Top 14 is contested by fourteen professional rugby union clubs throughout France. The domestic season runs from August through to June. Every club contests 26 games during the regular season – over 26 rounds of competition. The season is split into two halves for scheduling purposes; both halves are scheduled in the same order, with the team at home in the first half of the season on the road in the second. Throughout the August–June competition there are breaks during the season, as there are also European club fixtures (from 2014–15, Champions Cup and Challenge Cup) that are played during the rugby season, as well as the Six Nations Championship, in which many top French players are involved, as well as a few players from the other European powers. The schedule may be adjusted somewhat in World Cup years; this was especially true in the 2007–08 season, which ran up against the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. That season, the Top 14 played on all of the Six Nations weekends and on some of the Heineken Cup weekends.

The Top 14 is organized by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), which runs the professional rugby leagues within France (Top 14 and Rugby Pro D2). There exists a promotion and relegation system between the Top 14 and Pro D2. The two lowest placed clubs on the ladder after the regular season are relegated to Pro D2, while two clubs come up from Pro D2, specifically the champion and the winner of a knock-out playoff between the next four teams on the ladder. Starting with the 2009–10 season, the Top 14 knock-out stages consist of three rounds. The teams finishing third through to sixth on the ladder play quarter-finals, hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 teams. The winners then face the top two seeds in the semi-finals, whose winners then meet in the final at Stade de France. In previous seasons, only the top four teams qualified for semi-finals. Unlike many other major rugby competitions (such as the Aviva Premiership, ITM Cup, Currie Cup, and from 2009–10 the Celtic League/Pro12), the Top 14 has traditionally held its semi-finals at neutral sites.

Regardless of the playoff format, the top six teams had qualified for the following season's Heineken Cup in the final years of that competition, and since 2013–14 a minimum of six teams qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup. Before the 2009–10 season, the seventh-place team also qualified if a French club advanced farther in that season's Heineken Cup than any team from England or Italy. While the European qualification system was changed for 2009–10, the normal contingent of six Top 14 teams in the Heineken Cup did not change. The default number of French teams in the Champions Cup has remained at six, but the method for a seventh French team to qualify has changed from performance in the previous European season to a post-season playoff. For the inaugural Champions Cup in 2014–15, this playoff involved the seventh-place teams from both England and the Top 14; in future years, the same two sides will be joined by one Pro12 side.

Previously in the first phase of the then-Top 16, the teams were divided into two pools of eight. This was followed by a second phase, in which the eight highest-ranked teams played for semi-final spots and the bottom eight teams battled against relegation. In 2004–05, the top division consisted of a single pool of 16 teams, with the top four teams advancing to a knockout playoff at the end of the season to determine the champion. From 2005–06 through 2008–09, the top division was run with a single pool of 14 teams, again with a season-ending four-team playoff. The single pool was retained for 2009–10, but the playoffs were expanded to six teams.

The LNR uses a slightly different bonus points system from that used in most other major domestic competitions. Instead of a bonus point being awarded for scoring 4 tries in a match, regardless of the match result, a bonus point is awarded to a winning team that scores 3 tries more than its opponent. This system makes two scenarios that can be seen in the standard system impossible:

  • A losing team earning two bonus points. (The "offensive" bonus point, linked to the number of tries scored, can only be earned by the winning team in France.)
  • Either team earning a bonus point in a drawn match. (See above for the "offensive" bonus point. The "defensive" bonus point can only be earned by a losing team.)

For 2014–15, LNR further tweaked its bonus point system. The margin of defeat that allows the losing team to earn a bonus point was reduced from 7 points to 5.

European competition[edit]

The Top 14 serves as the qualification route for French clubs in European club competition. Starting with the 2014–15 season, Top 14 teams compete in the new European club rugby competitions—the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup replaced the previous European competitions, the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.[20]

Under the new structure, the top six teams on the Top 14 table qualify directly for the following season's Champions Cup. The seventh-placed team advances to a play-off for another Champions Cup place. In 2013–14, the play-off involved said Top 14 club and the seventh-placed club in the English Premiership. Initially, plans were for the play-off in subsequent years to also include two sides from Pro12 in the Celtic nations and Italy.[20] Due to fixture clashes with the Top 14 season, the play-off that will follow the 2014–15 season will involve only one Pro12 side.[21]

In the Heineken Cup era, a minimum of six French clubs qualified for the Heineken Cup, with the possibility of a seventh depending on the performance of French clubs in the prior season's Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

All Top 14 clubs that do not qualify for the Champions Cup automatically qualify for the Challenge Cup.[20] This means that all Top 14 clubs will participate in European competition during a given season.

The French clubs have had huge success in the European competitions. The inaugural Heineken Cup, held in the 1995–96 season, was won by Toulouse, which would eventually claim three more championships (2003, 2005 and 2010). It would also not be until the fifth championship game until there was no French team in the final. In addition, there have also been four occasions where the final was an all-French encounter. The first three were all won by Toulouse (against Perpignan in 2003, Stade Français in 2005, and Biarritz in 2010); the most recent was Toulon's 2013 victory over Clermont.

In addition to the French success in the Heineken Cup, the clubs in the lower European competitions have achieved similar results. The first four finals of the European Challenge Cup (1997–2000) were all-French affairs. Since then, however, only two French clubs (Clermont in 2007 and Biarritz in 2012) have won this competition, and French clubs in general have had less success; the revised Top 16/Top 14 format has required them to pay more attention to league games in order to avoid relegation. The now defunct European Shield, a repechage tournament for clubs knocked out in the first round of the Challenge Cup that was played for three seasons from 2003–05, was won by a French team each time.

Current teams[edit]

2014–15 season

Note: In the table below, English capitalization rules are used for full club names. In French, adjectives, including proper adjectives, are not capitalized, although the names of political subdivisions used as nouns are capitalized. For example, the full name of ASM Clermont Auvergne using French rules is Association sportive montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne.

Club Full name City (department) Stadium
Aviron Bayonnais Aviron Bayonnais Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade Jean Dauger[a 1]
Union Bordeaux Bègles Union Bordeaux Bègles Bordeaux (Gironde) Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux)
Stade André Moga (Bègles)[a 2]
CA Brive Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) Stade Amédée-Domenech
Castres Olympique Castres Olympique Castres (Tarn) Stade Pierre-Antoine
ASM Clermont Auvergne Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
FC Grenoble Football Club Grenoble Rugby Grenoble (Isère) Stade Lesdiguières[a 3]
Montpellier Hérault Rugby Montpellier Hérault Rugby Montpellier (Hérault) Altrad Stadium
Oyonnax Rugby Union Sportive Oyonnax Rugby Oyonnax (Ain) Stade Charles-Mathon
Racing Métro 92 Racing Métro 92 Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir[a 4]
Stade Français Paris Stade Français Club Athlétique des Sports Généraux Paris, 16th arrondissement Stade Jean-Bouin[a 5]
RC Toulonnais Rugby Club Toulonnais Toulon (Var) Stade Mayol[a 6]
Stade Toulousain Stade Toulousain Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Stade Ernest-Wallon[a 7]
Stade Rochelais Atlantique Stade Rochelais La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Lyon OU Lyon Olympique Universitaire Lyon (Rhône) Matmut Stadium
  1. ^ Bayonne took one match across the Spanish border to Estadio Anoeta in Donostia-San Sebastián in 2012–13.
  2. ^ In 2012–13, Bordeaux Bègles played eight of their 13 home matches at the larger Stade Chaban-Delmas and only five at their traditional home of Stade André-Moga. They intend to do the same in 2013–14.[22]
  3. ^ In 2012–13, Grenoble played four home matches at the city's largest venue, Stade des Alpes. In 2013–14, they intend to play five matches there.[23]
  4. ^ Racing took two 2012–13 home matches to Stade de France.
  5. ^ Stade Français will return to their traditional home, Stade Jean-Bouin, for the 2013–14 season. The club intends to take at least one home Top 14 match to Stade de France.[24]
  6. ^ Toulon took one home match to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in 2012–13, resuming a past practice that they skipped in 2011–12.
  7. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal. Two of their 2012–13 home matches were played there.

Table[edit]

2014–15 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 Clermont 9 7 0 2 229 149 +80 19 10 2 1 31
2 Toulon 9 6 0 3 265 161 +104 30 13 3 1 28
3 Bordeaux 9 6 0 3 274 194 +80 28 18 2 1 27
4 Montpellier 9 6 0 3 201 155 +46 17 13 1 1 26
5 Stade Français 9 6 0 3 195 202 −7 21 19 2 0 26
6 Grenoble 9 5 0 4 224 241 −17 23 21 2 2 24
7 Racing Métro 9 5 0 4 208 197 +11 22 19 2 2 24
8 Toulouse 9 4 0 5 186 183 +3 14 15 1 1 18
9 Lyon 9 4 0 5 162 207 −45 14 19 0 1 17
10 Bayonne 9 3 0 6 190 193 −3 15 19 2 3 17
11 La Rochelle 9 3 0 6 199 278 −79 18 33 2 1 15
12 Castres 9 3 0 6 187 255 −79 18 30 2 1 15
13 Brive 9 3 0 6 185 251 −66 18 25 1 1 14
14 Oyonnax 9 2 0 7 180 209 −29 14 17 1 3 12

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 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) indicates the team that advances to a play-off against the winner of the Pro12 vs Aviva Premiership play-off, or 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner if they have not already qualified for the Champions Cup.[25]
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 12 October 2014

French broadcasters[edit]

Between 2008/09 to 2010/11, the Top 14 was broadcast by Canal+ with the final being broadcast by France Télévisions. Since the 2011/12 season, the Top 14 is broadcast by Canal+ with France 2 co-broadcasting the final.

Total wins[edit]

The following clubs have won the title:[1]

Club Wins Seasons
Stade Toulousain 19 1912, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1947, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2012
Stade Français 13 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007
AS Béziers 11 1961, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984
Union Bordeaux Bègles 9 1899 (as SBUC), 1904 (SBUC), 1905 (SBUC), 1906 (SBUC), 1907 (SBUC), 1909 (SBUC), 1911 (SBUC), 1969 (as CAB), 1991 (CAB)
SU Agen 8 1930, 1945, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1976, 1982, 1988
FC Lourdes 8 1948, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1968
USA Perpignan 7 1914, 1921, 1925, 1938, 1944, 1955, 2009
Racing Club de France 5 1892, 1900, 1902, 1959, 1990
Biarritz Olympique 5 1935, 1939, 2002, 2005, 2006
Castres Olympique 4 1949, 1950, 1993, 2013
RC Toulonnais 4 1931, 1987, 1992, 2014
Aviron Bayonnais 3 1913, 1934, 1943
Section Paloise 3 1928, 1946, 1964
Stadoceste Tarbais 2 1920, 1973
Narbonne 2 1936, 1979
Lyon 2 1932, 1933
ASM Clermont Auvergne 1 2010
Stade Montois 1 1963
US Quillan 1 1929
Olympique de Pantin 1 1896
FC Grenoble 1 1954
CS Vienne 1 1937
La Voulte Sportif 1 1970
US Montauban 1 1967
US Carmaux 1 1951
FC Lyon 1 1910

Results[edit]

The scores in green are links to the account of each final on the site of the professional league (LNR). In French.

Year Champion Score Runner-up Place Spectators
20 March 1892 Racing Club de France 4–3 Stade Français Bagatelle, Paris[26] 2,000
19 May 1893 Stade Français 7–3 Racing Club de France Bécon-les-Bruyères 1,200
18 March 1894 Stade Français 18–0 Inter NOS Bécon-les-Bruyères 1,500
17 March 1895 Stade Français 16–0 Olympique de Paris Stade Vélodrome, Courbevoie ...
5 April 1896 Olympique de Paris 12–0 Stade Français Vélodrome, Courbevoie ...
1897 Stade Français [27] Olympique de Paris ...
1898 Stade Français [28] Racing Club de France ...
30 April 1899 Stade Bordelais 5–3 Stade Français Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat[29] 3,000
22 April 1900 Racing Club de France 37–3 Stade Bordelais Levallois-Perret 1,500
31 March 1901 Stade Français 0–3[30] Stade Bordelais Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat ...
23 March 1902 Racing Club de France 6–0 Stade Bordelais Parc des Princes, Paris 1,000
26 April 1903 Stade Français 16–8 SOE Toulouse Prairie des Filtres, Toulouse 5,000
27 March 1904 Stade Bordelais 3–0 Stade Français La Faisanderie, Saint-Cloud 2,000
16 April 1905 Stade Bordelais 12–3 Stade Français Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 6,000
8 April 1906 Stade Bordelais 9–0 Stade Français Parc des Princes, Paris 4,000
24 March 1907 Stade Bordelais 14–3 Stade Français Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 12,000
5 April 1908 Stade Français 16–3 Stade Bordelais Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 10,000
4 April 1909 Stade Bordelais 17–0 Stade Toulousain Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 15,000
17 April 1910 FC Lyon 13–8 Stade Bordelais Parc des Princes, Paris 8,000
8 April 1911 Stade Bordelais 14–0 SCUF Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 12,000
31 March 1912 Stade Toulousain 8–6 Racing Club de France Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 15,000
20 April 1913 Aviron Bayonnais 31–8 SCUF Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 20,000
3 May 1914 USA Perpignan 8–7 Stadoceste Tarbais Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 15.000
1915–1919 Due to the war, the championship was replaced by the Coupe de l'Espérance
25 April 1920 Stadoceste Tarbais 8–3 Racing Club de France Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 20,000
17 April 1921 USA Perpignan 5–0 Stade Toulousain Parc des Sports de Sauclières, Béziers 20,000
23 April 1922 Stade Toulousain 6–0 Aviron Bayonnais Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 20,000
13 May 1923 Stade Toulousain 3–0 Aviron Bayonnais Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 15,000
27 April 1924 Stade Toulousain 3–0 USA Perpignan Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 20,000
3 May 1925 USA Perpignan 5–0[31] US Carcassonne Maraussan, Narbonne 20,000
2 May 1926 Stade Toulousain 11–0 USA Perpignan Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 25,000
29 May 1927 Stade Toulousain 19–9 Stade Français Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20,000
6 May 1928 Section Paloise 6–4 US Quillan Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20,000
19 May 1929 US Quillan 11–8 FC Lézignan Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20,000
18 May 1930 SU Agen 4–0 a.e.t. US Quillan Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 28,000
10 May 1931 RC Toulon 6–3 Lyon OU Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 10,000
5 May 1932 Lyon OU 9–3 RC Narbonne Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 13,000
7 May 1933 Lyon OU 10–3 RC Narbonne Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 15,000
13 May 1934 Aviron Bayonnais 13–8 Biarritz Olympique Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 18,000
12 May 1935 Biarritz Olympique 3–0 USA Perpignan Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
10 May 1936 RC Narbonne 6–3 AS Montferrand Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
2 May 1937 CS Vienne 13–7 AS Montferrand Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 17,000
8 May 1938 USA Perpignan 11–6 Biarritz Olympique Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 24,600
30 April 1939 Biarritz Olympique 6–0 a.e.t. USA Perpignan Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
1940 – 1942 Due to World War II, no championship was played
21 March 1943 Aviron Bayonnais 3–0 SU Agen Parc des Princes, Paris 28,000
26 March 1944 USA Perpignan 20–5 Aviron Bayonnais Parc des Princes, Paris 35,000
7 April 1945 SU Agen 7–3 FC Lourdes Parc des Princes, Paris 30,000
24 March 1946 Section Paloise 11–0 FC Lourdes Parc des Princes, Paris 30,000
13 April 1947 Stade Toulousain 10–3 SU Agen Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
18 April 1948 FC Lourdes 11–3 RC Toulon Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 29,753
22 May 1949 Castres Olympique 14–3[32] Stade Montois Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
16 April 1950 Castres Olympique 11–8 Racing Club de France Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
20 May 1951 US Carmaux 14–12 a.e.t. Stadoceste Tarbais Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 39,450
4 May 1952 FC Lourdes 20–11 USA Perpignan Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 32,500
17 May 1953 FC Lourdes 21–16 Stade Montois Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 32,500
23 May 1954 FC Grenoble 5–3 US Cognac Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 34,230
22 May 1955 USA Perpignan 11–6 FC Lourdes Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 39,764
3 June 1956 FC Lourdes 20–0 US Dax Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 38,426
26 May 1957 FC Lourdes 16–13 Racing Club de France Stade Gerland, Lyon 30,000
18 May 1958 FC Lourdes 25–8 SC Mazamet Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37,164
24 May 1959 Racing Club de France 8–3 Stade Montois Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 31,098
22 May 1960 FC Lourdes 14–11 AS Béziers Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37,200
28 May 1961 AS Béziers 6–3 US Dax Stade de Gerland, Lyon 35,000
27 May 1962 SU Agen 14–11 AS Béziers Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37,705
2 June 1963 Stade Montois 9–6 US Dax Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 39,000
24 May 1964 Section Paloise 14–0 AS Béziers Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 27.797
23 May 1965 SU Agen 15–8 CA Brive Stade Gerland, Lyon 28,758
22 May 1966 SU Agen 9–8 US Dax Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 28,803
28 May 1967 US Montauban 11–3 CA Béglais Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 32,115
16 June 1968 FC Lourdes 9–9 a.e.t.[33] RC Toulon Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 28,526
18 May 1969 CA Béglais 11–9 Stade Toulousain Stade Gerland, Lyon 22,191
17 May 1970 La Voulte Sportif 3–0 AS Montferrand Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 35,000
16 May 1971 AS Béziers 15–9 a.e.t. RC Toulon Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 27,737
21 May 1972 AS Béziers 9–0 CA Brive Stade Gerland, Lyon 31,161
20 May 1973 Stadoceste Tarbais 18–12 US Dax Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 26,952
12 May 1974 AS Béziers 16–14 RC Narbonne Parc des Princes, Paris 40,609
18 May 1975 AS Béziers 13–12 CA Brive Parc des Princes, Paris 39,991
23 May 1976 SU Agen 13–10 a.e.t. AS Béziers Parc des Princes, Paris 40,300
29 May 1977 AS Béziers 12–4 USA Perpignan Parc des Princes, Paris 41,821
28 May 1978 AS Béziers 31–9 AS Montferrand Parc des Princes, Paris 42,004
27 May 1979 RC Narbonne 10–0 Stade Bagnérais Parc des Princes, Paris 41,981
25 May 1980 AS Béziers 10–6 Stade Toulousain Parc des Princes, Paris 43,350
23 May 1981 AS Béziers 22–13 Stade Bagnérais Parc des Princes, Paris 44,106
29 May 1982 SU Agen 18–9 Aviron Bayonnais Parc des Princes, Paris 41,165
28 May 1983 AS Béziers 14–6 RRC Nice Parc des Princes, Paris 43,100
26 May 1984 AS Béziers 21–21 a.e.t.[34] SU Agen Parc des Princes, Paris 44,076
25 May 1985 Stade Toulousain 36–22 a.e.t. RC Toulon Parc des Princes, Paris 37,000
24 May 1986 Stade Toulousain 16–6 SU Agen Parc des Princes, Paris 45,145
22 May 1987 RC Toulon 15–12 Racing Club de France Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
28 May 1988 SU Agen 9–3 Stadoceste Tarbais Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
27 May 1989 Stade Toulousain 18–12 RC Toulon Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
26 May 1990 Racing Club de France 22–12 a.e.t. SU Agen Parc des Princes, Paris 45,069
1 June 1991 CA Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde 19–10 Stade Toulousain Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
6 June 1992 RC Toulon 19–14 Biarritz Olympique Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
5 June 1993 Castres Olympique 14–11 FC Grenoble Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
28 May 1994 Stade Toulousain 22–16 AS Montferrand Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
6 May 1995 Stade Toulousain 31–16 Castres Olympique Parc des Princes, Paris 48,615
1 June 1996 Stade Toulousain 20–13 CA Brive Parc des Princes, Paris 48,162
31 May 1997 Stade Toulousain 12–6 CS Bourgoin-Jallieu Parc des Princes, Paris 44,000
16 May 1998 Stade Français 34–7 USA Perpignan Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
29 May 1999 Stade Toulousain 15–11 AS Montferrand Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
15 July 2000 Stade Français 28–23 US Colomiers Stade de France, Saint-Denis 45,000
9 June 2001 Stade Toulousain 34–22 AS Montferrand Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
8 June 2002 Biarritz Olympique 25–22 a.e.t. SU Agen Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,457
7 June 2003 Stade Français 32–18 Stade Toulousain Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
26 June 2004 Stade Français 38–20 USA Perpignan Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,722
11 June 2005 Biarritz Olympique 37–34 a.e.t.[35] Stade Français Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,475
10 June 2006 Biarritz Olympique 40–13 Stade Toulousain Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,474
9 June 2007 Stade Français 23–18 ASM Clermont Auvergne Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,654
28 June 2008 Stade Toulousain 26–20 ASM Clermont Auvergne Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,275[36]
6 June 2009 USA Perpignan 22–13 ASM Clermont Auvergne Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,205[37]
29 May 2010 ASM Clermont Auvergne 19–6 USA Perpignan Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,262[38]
4 June 2011 Stade Toulousain 15–10 Montpellier Hérault Rugby Stade de France, Saint-Denis 77,000[39]
9 June 2012 Stade Toulousain 18–12 RC Toulon Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,612
1 June 2013 Castres Olympique 19-14 RC Toulon Stade de France, Saint-Denis 80,033[40]
31 May 2014 RC Toulon 18-10 Castres Olympique Stade de France, Saint-Denis 80,174[41]

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Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ AFP (28 January 2007). "Le Stade Français sort vainqueur du choc contre Toulouse". Le Monde (in French). 
  3. ^ LNR. "Statistiques generales 2010–2011" (in French). 
  4. ^ Camille Belsoeur (11 05, 2011). "Droits TV: comment Canal+ a recadré le rugby français". L'Expansion (in French).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Chris Raveney (11 May 2011). "Canal Plus retains Top 14 with multi-million dollar deal". sportspromedia.com. 
  6. ^ Mick Cleary (10 February 2009). "Top English rugby talent lured by Euro". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. ^ Renaud (16 August 2011). "Toulouse toujours le plus gros budget du Top 14" (in French). rencontresaxv.fr. 
  8. ^ Bruce Crumley (16 May 2010). "Gloom over French Soccer Contrasts With Rugby's Rise". Time. 
  9. ^ Paul Dearlove (22 November 2010). "Paul Dearlove column: Up to 50 foreign stars could be heading to Top 14 for next season". frenchrugbyclub.com. 
  10. ^ Jonathan Clegg (14 January 2011). "French Rugby Rules Europe". The Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ a b Moriarty, Ian (2009-11-11). "French rugby heading for crisis". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  12. ^ a b "Top 14 set for salary cap". Scrum.com. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  13. ^ Moriarty, Ian (2009-12-18). "Salary cap just sleight of hand". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  14. ^ "Salary cap up to €8.7m". frenchrugbyclub.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  15. ^ "French rugby chiefs agree salary cap rise". ESPN Scrum. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  16. ^ Eddison, Paul (2013-12-04). "Rugby's uncordiale entente". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  17. ^ "Bourgoin maintenu en Top 14" (in French). 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  18. ^ Moriarty, Ian (2010-07-06). "Time to hit the panic button?". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  19. ^ Moriarty, Ian (2013-05-15). "The multi-national tricolour". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  20. ^ a b c "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). Rugby Football Union. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Jones, Chris (24 September 2014). "Rugby Union: Change to Champions Cup play-offs". BBC Radio 5 Live (BBC Sport). Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Abonnement saison complète 2013-2014" (in French). www.ubbrugby.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "ABONNEMENTS SAISON 2013-2014" (in French). www.fcgrugby.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Billetterie Informations" (in French). www.stade.fr. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Only 2 clubs took part. Match account in French
  27. ^ The title was awarded after a round-robin with 5 clubs. Stade Français won with 10 points, Olympique de Paris was second with 8.
  28. ^ The title was awarded after a round-robin with 6 clubs. Stade Français won with 10 points, Racing was second with 6.
  29. ^ The first time provincial teams were invited.
  30. ^ In 1901, Stade Bordelais won the final 3–0. But the U.S.F.S.A. which organized the competition cancelled the result and ordered a replay in Paris, as Stade Bordelais had fielded three ineligible players. But the Bordeaux side refused the replay and Stade Français were declared the winners.
  31. ^ A first final, played on 26 April 1925 in Toulouse, had ended on a 0–0 a.e.t..
  32. ^ A first final played on 15 May 1949 at Stade des Ponts Jumeaux in Toulouse had ended on a 3–3 draw (a.e.t.).
  33. ^ Because of the May 1968 events, the finale was played three weeks behind the normal schedule. At the end of regulation the score was 6–6, and 9–9 after extra-time. FC Lourdes were declared champions because they had scored 2 tries to Toulon’s 0 and also because it was impossible to reschedule a third final so late, as France were to leave on a tour to New Zealand and South Africa.
  34. ^ Béziers won 3 goal-kicks to 1.
  35. ^ The highest scoring final ever.
  36. ^ "Top 14 Finale : Clermont-Auvergne – Toulouse". L'Équipe (in French). 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  37. ^ "Top 14 Finale : Perpignan – Clermont". L'Équipe (in French). 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  38. ^ "Top 14 Finale : Perpignan – Clermont". L'Équipe (in French). 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  39. ^ "Top 14 Finale : Toulouse – Montpellier". 'L'Équipe (in French). 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  40. ^ "Castres, vingt ans après". 'L'Équipe (in French). 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  41. ^ "Toulon 18 – 10 Castres". L'Équipe. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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