USA Perpignan

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Perpignan
Usa perpignan badge.png
Full name Union sportive arlequins Perpignan-Roussillon
Founded 1902; 112 years ago (1902)
Location Perpignan, France
Ground(s) Stade Aimé Giral (Capacity: 14,593)
President France François Rivière
Coach(es) France Marc Delpoux
Italy Giampiero De Carli
France Patrick Arlettaz
Captain(s) France Bertrand Guiry
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 13th (demoted)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.usap.cat

Union Sportive des Arlequins Perpignanais (In Catalan: Unió Esportiva Arlequins de Perpinyà), generally abbreviated as USAP, is a French rugby union club that plays in the city of Perpignan in Pyrénées-Orientales. The club currently competes in the Top 14, the top level of the French league system.

The club was founded in 1902 as AS Perpignan, renamed US Perpignan in 1919 and adopted its present name in 1933. Perpignan plays at Stade Aimé Giral (capacity 14 593). The club wears red and gold (Sang et Or = Blood and Gold) colours derived from the Catalan Senyera.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1902 as AS Perpignan. It would be in 1914 that the club would go on to make its first ever final appearance. On 3 May, Perpignan defeated Stadoceste Tarbais 8–7 at Stade des Ponts Jumeaux in Toulouse in front of 15,000 people. Several of these champions were killed some months later in World War I and, to honour their sacrifice, it was decided to colour USAP jersey like a Poilu uniform.

Four years after the championship in 1914, the club was renamed as US Perpignan. Under the new club name, US Perpignan made it to the final of the French championship three seasons after the change. On 17 April 1921, Perpignan defeated Stade Toulousain 5–0 at Parc des Sports de Sauclières in Béziers and thus claiming their second championship. Three seasons later, the finalists of 1921 would meet again in the final of 1924, though this time Toulouse won the game 3–0 in Bordeaux.

The success continued throughout the 1920s, and following the final defeat of the 1924 season, US Perpignan were able to make it to the final of the 1925 season. They faced US Carcassonne in Narbonne, and defeated them 5–0 to win the 1925 Championship. For the third season in a row, US Perpignan made it to the final. The opponents were Stade Toulousain once again, the two sides had each defeated each other once in a final in recent years. Toulouse won 11–0 in Bordeaux. After their prominence in the mid-1920s, Perpignan's final appearance in 1926 was their last for nearly a decade.

Perpignan fans at a home game

Perpignan's next final appearance came in 1935 against Biarritz at Stade des Ponts Jumeaux in Toulouse on the 12th of May, with Biarritz winning 3–0. That season they also won the Challenge Yves du Manoir. Three seasons later Perpignan were again involved in the Championship final against Biarritz. The final was played on 8 May, and this time, Perpignan defeated Biarritz, winning 11–6 to claim their first Championship since 1921. They were also runners-up of the Challenge Yves-du-Manoir that same season as well.

The success continued throughout the late 1930s, with Perpignan again being runners-up of the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1936. It was also the 1936 season that Biarritz and Perpignan would face off in the Championship. Both of Perpignan's last two final appearances were against Biarritz, and both Perpignan and Biarritz had won one each against each other. The final took place on 30 April, and Biarritz turned out to be victorious, defeating Perpignan 6–0. Two years later, Perpignan were in the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir, but became runners-up.

Their next final appearance would not be until the season of 1944. Perpignan played Aviron Bayonnais at Parc des Princes in Paris on 26 March to decide who would be the champions of France. Perpignan won, defeating Aviron Bayonnais 20–5, claiming their first Championship since 1938.

Perpignan would have to wait another eight years until they would make it to the final again. In the 1952 season, Perpignan met FC Lourdes in the final at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, where they went down to FC Lourdes 20–11. However, both sides would meet in another final three years later to decide the 1955 Championship. This time Perpignan emerged victorious, defeating FC Lourdes 11–6 in Bordeaux. Perpignan also won the Challenge Yves du Manoir during the 1955 season, and were runners-us the following year as well.

USA Perpignan during a Heineken Cup match

Perpignan won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1965, but made their first final appearance 20 years after 1955, to decide the 1977 season Championship. They met AS Béziers in the final, who defeated Perpignan 12–4 at Parc des Princes. Perpignan won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1994, but they would next appear in the final in 1998, where they went down to Stade Français 34–7 in Paris in front of 78,000 people.

In 2002, the club entered into a partnership with the University of Barcelona Rugby Union Club, hence renaming them USAP Barcelona, which compete in the División de Honor, the national Championship in Spain. Perpignan made it to the 2004 final, where they met Stade Français, who defeated them in the 1998 final. Stade Français won again, 38–20 at Stade de France in front of 79,722 people.

In European competition, USAP reached the final stage in 2003 (losing 21–17 to Toulouse in Dublin Lansdowne Road) after losing a 1999 semi-final in Toulouse Stadium against Colomiers. They were beaten in the quarter-finals in Lansdowne Road again in 2006 by eventual winners Munster.

They signed All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, widely regarded as one of the world's best players, on a six-month deal starting from December 2008.[1] Carter's stint at Perpignan, however, ended prematurely when he tore an Achilles tendon.

Their season ended by progressing into the Top 14 semi-final with a 25–21 win over Stade Français and eventually winning it with a fantastic 22–13 win over ASM Clermont Auvergne in the final. In 2010, they advanced to the final again against Clermont, but they saw Les Jaunards end decades of frustration by winning their first championship final in 11 tries.

In 2011 they signed a twinning agreement with FC Barcelona of Spain, which proposes USAP to be promoted through FC Barcelona.

Club honours[edit]

  • Top 14
    • Champions: 1914, 1921, 1925, 1938, 1944, 1955, 2009 (7 times)
    • Runners-up: 1924, 1926, 1935, 1939, 1952, 1977, 1998, 2004, 2010 (9 times)
  • Challenge Yves du Manoir
    • Champions: 1935, 1955, 1994 (3 times)
    • Runners-up:1936, 1937, 1938, 1956, 1965 (5 times)
  • Heineken Cup

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
3 May 1914 AS Perpignan Stadoceste Tarbais 8–7 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 15,000
17 April 1921 US Perpignan Stade Toulousain 5–0 Parc des Sports de Sauclières, Béziers 20,000
27 April 1924 Stade Toulousain US Perpignan 3–0 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 20,000
3 May 1925 US Perpignan AS Carcassonne 5–0  Maraussan, Narbonne 20,000
2 May 1926 Stade Toulousain US Perpignan 11–0 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 25.000
12 May 1935 Biarritz Olympique USA Perpignan 3–0 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
8 May 1938 USA Perpignan Biarritz Olympique 11–6 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 24,600
30 April 1939 Biarritz Olympique USA Perpignan 6–0 AP Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
26 March 1944 USA Perpignan Aviron Bayonnais 20–5 Parc des Princes, Paris 35,000
4 May 1952 FC Lourdes USA Perpignan 20–11 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 32,500
22 May 1955 USA Perpignan FC Lourdes 11–6 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 39,764
29 May 1977 AS Béziers USA Perpignan 12–4 Parc des Princes, Paris 41,821
16 May 1998 Stade Français USA Perpignan 34–7 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
26 June 2004 Stade Français USA Perpignan 38–20 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,722
6 June 2009 USA Perpignan ASM Clermont Auvergne 22–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,205
29 May 2010 ASM Clermont Auvergne USA Perpignan 19–6 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,262

Heineken Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
24 May 2003 France Stade Toulousain France USA Perpignan 22–17 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 28,600

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]

2013-14 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
Maxime Delonca Hooker France France
Guilhem Guirado Hooker France France
Romain Terrain Hooker France France
Giorgi Jgenti Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Paulica Ion Prop Romania Romania
Kisi Pulu Prop Tonga Tonga
Sébastien Taofifenua Prop France France
Sona Taumalolo Prop Tonga Tonga
Luke Charteris Lock Wales Wales
Romain Taofifenua Lock France France
Sébastien Vahaamahina Lock France France
Guillaume Vilaceca Lock France France
Bertrand Guiry Flanker France France
Daniel Leo Flanker Samoa Samoa
Jean-Pierre Perez Flanker France France
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker Scotland Scotland
Luke Narraway Number 8 England England
Justin Purll Number 8 Australia Australia
Player Position Union
Florian Cazenave Scrum-half France France
Nicolas Durand Scrum-half France France
Dewaldt Duvenage Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Tom Ecochard Scrum-half France France
Tommy Allan Fly-half Italy Italy
James Hook Fly-half Wales Wales
Camille Lopez Fly-half France France
Tommaso Benvenuti Centre Italy Italy
Lifeimi Mafi Centre New Zealand New Zealand
David Marty Centre France France
Sione Piukala Centre Tonga Tonga
Richard Haughton Wing England England
Wandile Mjekevu Wing South Africa South Africa
Jens Torfs Wing Belgium Belgium
Watisoni Votu Wing Fiji Fiji
Joffrey Michel Fullback France France
Sofiane Guitoune Fullback France France

Transfers 2014–15[edit]

Players In[edit]

Players Out[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pryor, Matthew (28 June 2008). "Dan Carter joins Perpignan". The Times. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 

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