Villeneuve Leopards

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Villeneuve Leopards
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Leopard
Club information
Full name Union Sportive Villeneuve XIII — Léopards d'Aquitaine
Website www.villeneuve-leopards.com
Colours Green
Founded 1934
Current details
Ground(s)
CEO(s) Michel Thiolat, Jean-Pierre Sagnettes
Coach(s) David Despin, Antoine Lopes
Competition Elite One Championship

Villeneuve Leopards, translated from Léopards d'Aquitaine and sometimes known as Union Sportive Villeneuve, are a French rugby league club from the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot in the département of Lot-et-Garonne. They play in the Elite One Championship.

History[edit]

Sport Athlétique Villeneuvois.13 (SAV.13) was founded during the last two weeks of May 1934. The majority of the Villeneuve rugby union team and members (CAV.15, led by French rugby union international Jean Galia switched to rugby league.

SAV.13 were the first to club to become a member of the Ligue Française de Rugby à 13 (LFR.13) on June 2, 1934. Villeneuve remain as the oldest rugby league club in France. SAV.13 became the first French side to tour England in September 1934.

Villeneuve won the inaugural French Rugby League Championship in the 1934-35 season. Having lost the 1936 Lord Derby Cup final they made amends in 1937 by defeating XIII Catalan.

Due to the banning of rugby league by the Vichy regime in 1940 SAV.13 switched to rugby union and were renamed Union Sportive Villeneuve.15 (USV.15). Towards the end of the Second World War the LFR.13 was re-established and rugby league returned to Villeneuve under the name USV.13.

Villeneuve became national champions again in 1959, 1964 and twice more in the early 1980s. They also lifted the Lord Derby Cup in 1958, 1964, 1979 and 1984. In 1998, USV.13 added the nickname "Les léopards d'Aquitaine".

Villeneuve experienced a glorious era from 1996 to 2003, appearing in every Grand Final except one. They won five championships in eight years culminating in their 31-18 victory over St.Gaudens in 2003. Villeneuve played in four Lord Derby Cup finals in this period and won every one. During this period they also became the first French club to reach the quarter-finals of the prestigious Rugby League Challenge Cup on 11 March 2001.

In 2005, USV.13 went bankrupt and a new club was formed named Villeneuve.13 Rugby League (V.13-RL). The Léopards made history in 2005 when they signed the Russian international halfback, Ouchillikos Novel. He was signed after an impressive performance in the defeat to France in the 2005 European Nations Cup.

2013/14 Squad[edit]

* As of 1 December 2013:

2013/14 Villeneuve Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 1 December 2013
Source(s): 2013/14 Squad

2014/15 transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Signed from Contract Length Date
July 2014
July 2014

Losses

Player Signed for Contract Length Date
England Matt Cooper Coventry Bears 2 Years November 2014
July 2014

Honours[edit]

Champion of France[edit]

  • Max Rousié Trophy (Champions) : 1935, 1959, 1964, 1980, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Vice-champion (Runners-Up  : 1938, 1939, 1962, 1965, 1974, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1997, 1998.
    • Junior (1st class) trophy, : 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1960, 1980, 1989, 1990 and junior (top 1st class i.e. espoir) trophy: 1999, 2000, 2001.

Cup of France[edit]

  • Trophy Lord Derby, (Winners : 1937, 1958, 1964, 1979, 1984, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003.
  • Finalist  : 1936, 1938, 1953, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972.
    • Junior (1st class) trophy Rosemblat after L. Nitard, holder : 1960, 1961, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990.

European Club Cup[edit]

Holder : 1996 (Trophy Jack Wilson), 1998, 1999.

International Players[edit]

French or assimilated[edit]

- SAV.13[edit]

       

- USV.13[edit]

       

- V XIII RL[edit]

Foreigners[edit]

Note[edit]

Maurice Brunetaud and Henri Durand are members of the very small group of French rugby players who were Internationals before and after WWII and Rugby League's banishment by Vichy (Oct. 1940 to Sept.1944).

Coaches[edit]

  • 1934-36: J. Galia,
  • 1937-40: R. Griffoul,
  • 1940-45: J. Barrés, J. Daffis;
  • 1946-50: R. Manieu,
  • 1950-53: B. Carbo,
  • 1956-57: A. Jimenez,
  • 1957-58: R. Estrada,
  • 1958-62: R. Manieu,
  • 1962-66: Jep Lacoste,
  • 1967-68: R. Manieu,
  • 1968-70: O. Nogaro,
  • 1970-72: M. Monclus,
 
  • 1973-76: Jep Lacoste,
  • 1976-78: E. Courtine, O. Nogaro-JP. Clar,
  • 1978-82: R. Gruppi,
  • 1982-84: B. Ballouhey, J. Balleroy,
  • 1985-86: J. Gruppi,
  • 1988-89: M. Mazaré,
  • 1988-90: S. Cuyas, M. Wakefiel,
  • 1990-91: M. Wakefield,
  • 1991-92: M. Wakefield-A. Lopès,
  • 1992-94: A. Lopès,
  • 1994-95: K. Taylor, JP. Goguet,
  • 1995-97: D. Ellis,
 
  • 1997-98: D. Ellis, JL. Albert,
  • 1998-00: G. Doorey-D.Despin,
  • 2001-03: JL. Albert,
  • 2003-04: J. Ackland, D. Despin,
  • 2004-05: D. Despin, B. Planté,
  • 2005-06: B. Planté-P. Hollovoet,
  • 2006-07: P. Hollovoet-V. Wulf,

Presidents[edit]

  • 1934-37: G. Bordeneuve,
  • 1937-41: Dr L. Vinson,
  • 1941-45: G. Prady (USV.XV),
  • 1945-53: Drs L. Vinson et P. Mourgues,
  • 1953-61: Me J. Maury,
  • 1961-62: R. Bagilet, J. Bouyssonnie,
  • 1962-65: A. Escande,
  • 1965-73: G. Marès,
  • 1973-74: E. Benguigui,
  • 1974-78: Dr F. Derieux,
  • 1978-88: Dr F. Mourgues,
  • 1988-89: J. Dachary,
  • 1989-90: P. Conduché, C. Succarat, C. Amadieu,
  • 1990-92: M. Benet,
 
  • 1992-93: C. Gabrielli,
  • 1993-94: Dr M. Dupuet,
  • 1994-99: E. Courtine, G. Troupel,
  • 1999-00: G. Troupel, P. Soubiran,
  • 2000-03: P. Soubiran,
  • 2003-04: Mme J. Lombard,
  • 2004-05: Dr M. Pierre,
  • 2005-06: Dr M. Pierre, F. Didier, J. Balleroy
  • 2006-07: F. Didier, JM. Barjour

Famous players, coaches, presidents[edit]

   

References[edit]

External links[edit]