1951–52 French Rugby Union Championship

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1951–52 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Lourdes
Runners-up Perpignan

The 1951-52 French Rugby Union Championship was contested by 64 teams divided in 8 pools. Thirty-two teams were qualified to play a second phase with eight pools of four clubs. The best two from each pool were qualified to play the "last 16".

The Championship was won by Lourdes beating l'Perpignan in the final.


In 1952, France, was threatened with exclusion from the Five Nation Championship responsible by the British of "professionalism".[1]

To avoid this sanction, the French Federation promised to abolish the championship and created a list of players accused of professionalism including Jean Dauger, Robert Soro and Maurice Siman.

The exclusion was avoided but the championship is maintained cause the pressure of the clubs.[2][clarification needed]

FFR in any case decided to reduce the number of matches played during the season, cancelling the Coupe de France.

For the first (and last) time, the club excluded from the qualification round, played a consolation tournament called Coupe Cyril-Rutherford in memory of a French rugby pioneer.

The 1952 Five Nations Championship was won by Wales, France finished fourth.

France won the first edition of European Cup', beating Italy in the final.

Le Challenge Yves du Manoir was won by Pau.

Second qualification round[edit]

The teams qualifying for the "last 16" phase are in bold

Pool A[edit]

Pool B[edit]

Pool C[edit]

Pool D[edit]

Pool E[edit]

Pool F[edit]

Pool G[edit]

Pool H[edit]

Last 16[edit]

The teams qualifying for the quarterfinals are in bold.

Lourdes - Paris Université Club 11 - 3
Vuchy - Béziers 14 - 14
Mont-de-Marsan - Toulouse 5 - 0
Castres - Narbonne 3 - 0
Perpignan - Begles 12 - 5
Périgueux - Montferrand 3 - 0
Agen - Toulon 9 - 3
Pau - Mazamet 11 - 3


The teams qualifying for the semifinals are in bold.

Lourde - Vichy 12 - 9
Mont-de-Marsan - Castres 12 - 8
Perpignan - Périgueux 5 - 0
Agen - Pau 8 - 0


Lourdes - Mont-de-Marsan 10 - 0
Perpignan - Agen 11 - 8


Teams Lourdes - Perpignan
Score 20-11
Date 4 May 1952
Venue Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Referee Roger Taddeï
Lourdes Eugène Buzy, Raoul Saurat, Daniel Saint-Pastous, Louis Guinle, Edouard Salsé, Jean Prat, Jean-Roger Bourdeu, Thomas Manterola, François Labazuy, Antoine Labazuy, Jacques Crabe, Maurice Prat, Roger Martine, Jean Estrade, Henri Claverie
Perpignan José Guasch, Joseph Conill, René Parisé, Gérard Roucariès, André Sanac, François Grau, René Cazeilles, Elie Delonca, Sylvain Menichelli, Roger Furcade, Gaston Rous, Joseph Galy, Jacques Bergue, Serge Torreilles, Noël Brazès
Lourdes 5 tries T.Manterola, F.Labazuy, J.Crabe, M.Prat and J.Estrade, 1 conversion and 1 penalty J.Prat
Perpignan 2 tries F.Grau and J.Galy, 1 conversion and 1 penalty J.Guasch


  1. ^ "Un siècle de rugby", Escot and Rivière (1997), p. 117.
  2. ^ "Un siècle de rugby", Escot and Rivière (1997), p. 119.

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