1992–93 French Rugby Union Championship

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French Rugby Championship 1992-93
Countries  France
Champions Castres (3rd title)
Runners-up Grenoble
Relegated Chalon, US Tyrosse, l'Cognac and Le Creusot

The 1992-93 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Castres who beat Grenoble 14-11 in the final, in a match decided by an irregular try accorded by the referee.[1]

It was the third bouclier de Brennus for the Castres Olympique, the first after 43 year

Formula[edit]

The championship, called "Group A" was contested by 32 clubs divided in four pools.

At the end of the first phase, the teams classified in the first four of each pool were qualified to play a "Top 16" divided in four pools of four teams.

The eight teams ranked first and second of each pool were admitted to knockout stages

At the end of the season, four club were relegated to the second division: Chalon, l'US Tyrosse, Cognac and Le Creusot.

They were replaced by Périgueux, Dijon, Lyon OU and Lourdes.

Participants[edit]

The teams are linked according to the ranking, in 'bold the ones qualified for "Top 16"

Pool 1

Pool 2

Pool 3

Pool 4

Top 16[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round . All the qualified came from pool 1 and 2 of the first phase.

Pool 1

Pool 2

Pool 3

Pool 4

Knock Out stage[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

16 May 1993 Grenoble - Toulouse 19 – 17 (o.t.)
16 May 1993 Agen - Brive 33 - 16
23 May 1993 Castres - Narbonne 33 – 21[a]
16 May 1993 Toulon - Perpignan 10 - 9

Semifinals[edit]

23 May 1993 Grenoble - Agen 19 - 5
23 May 1993 Castres - Toulon 17 - 16

Final[edit]

05 June 1993
Castres 14 – 11 Grenoble
Try: Whetton
Pen: Labit (2)
Drop: Rui
Try: Vélo
Pen: Savy
Hueber
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Daniel Salles
FB 15 France Laurent Labit
RW 14 France Jean-Bernard Bergès
OC 13 Romania Adrian Lungu
IC 12 France Pascal Combes
LW 11 France Christophe Lucquiaud
FH 10 France Francis Rui (c)
SH 9 France Cédric Tonini
N8 8 France Alain Carminati
OF 7 France Gilbert Pagès
BF 6 Spain José Díaz
RL 5 New Zealand Gary Whetton
LL 4 France Thierry Bourdet
TP 3 France Thierry Lafforgue
HK 2 France Christophe Urios
LP 1 France Laurent Toussaint
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Christian Batut
PR 17 France Jean-Luc Vidal
FL 18 France Éric Minniti
N8 19 France Jean-Philippe Swiadeck
WG 20 France Maurice Bille
WG 21 France Philippe Oms
Coach:
France Alain Gaillard
FB 15 France Cyril Savy
RW 14 France Philippe Meunier
OC 13 France Brice Bardou
IC 12 France Frédéric Vélo
LW 11 France Willy Taofifénua
FH 10 France Patrick Goirand
SH 9 France Dominique Mazille Substituted off
N8 8 Bosnia and Herzegovina Džoni Mandić
OF 7 France Hervé Chaffardon (c)
BF 6 Poland Grzegorz Kacała
RL 5 France Olivier Brouzet
LL 4 France Olivier Merle
TP 3 France Franck Capdeville
HK 2 France Éric Ferruit
LP 1 France Philippe Tapié
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Gilbert Brunat
PR 17 France Arnaud Bazin
FL 18 France Patrice Vacchino
SH 19 France Franck Hueber Substituted in
CE 20 France Martial Servantes
FB 21 France Xavier Cambres
Coach:
France Jacques Fouroux
France Michel Ringeval

A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[2] and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres. Salles admitted the error 13 years later[3] .[4] .[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ the first match won by Castres (38-33) was annulled after a protest of Narbonne

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Escot et Rivière 2009, p. 268)
  2. ^ "Combien de fois Bayonne s'est imposé dans la capitale ?". Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l'insupportable aveu de l'arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 june 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Un siècle de rugby (in French) (13 ed.). Calmann-Lévy. 17 November 2010. ISBN 978-2-7021-4118-2. siècle. 

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