1995–96 French Rugby Union Championship

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1995–96 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Toulouse (13th title)
Runners-up Brive
Relegated Nîmes, Périgueux, PUC, Dijon

The 1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 20 teams in the first division ("A1")

In the "A1" group were abstent historical clubs like Béziers, Biarritz, Tarbes, and FC Lourdes.

The teams were divided in two pool of 10, and the first 4 were directly qualified to the "Last 16" round, while the ranked from 5th to 8th were admitted to a "barrage" with eight teams from "A2" group.

Stade Toulousain won their 13th title winning the final against CA Brive, who lost their 4th final.

Four team were relegated to lower level: Bayonne, Racing club de France, Montpellier, RC Nice et FCS Rumilly that were replaced by Béziers, Biarritz, Périgueux, Dijon, and Paris Université Club.

Stade Toulousain won his 14th title beating in the final the Bourgoin, at his first final.

Preliminary round[edit]

Phase de qualification[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Toulouse 43
2 Grenoble 41
3 Toulon 40
4 Narbonne 38
5 Agen 36
6 Perpignan 36
7 Nîmes 34
8 Nice 33
9 Bayonne 32
10 Racing club de France 27

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 CA Brive 42
2 Bourgoin 41
3 Castres 38
4 Bourdeaux-Begles 38
5 Montferrand 38
6 Pau 36
7 Dax 36
8 Colomiers 34
9 Rumilly 33
10 Montpellier 24

Barrage[edit]

may ‘96 Nice - ES Catalane 9–12
may ‘96 Biarritz - Montferrand 3–40
may ‘96 Dax - Lourdes 49–13
may ‘96 Beziers - Perpignan 18–31
may ‘96 Auch - Colomiers 9–24
may ‘96 Agen - Dijon 35–3
may ‘96 PUC - Pau 28–54
may ‘96 Périgueux - Nîmes 18–15

Last 16[edit]

may ‘96 Toulouse - ES Catalane 27–16
may ‘96 Narbonne - Montferrand 23–20
may ‘96 Dax - Grenoble 28–14
may ‘96 Toulon - Perpignan 16–15
may ‘96 Brive - Colomiers 24–18
may ‘96 Agen - Bourdeaux-Begles 25–18
may ‘96 Castres - Pau 6–14
may ‘96 Périgueux - Bourgoin 12–26

Last 8[edit]

may ‘96 Toulouse - Narbonne 12–9
may ‘96 Dax - Toulon 25–11
may ‘96 Brive - Agen 13–12
may ‘96 Pau - Bourgoin 21–18

Semifinals[edit]

may '96 Toulouse - Dax 36–23
may '96 Brive - Pau 23–21

Final[edit]

01 June 1996
Toulouse 20 – 13 Brive
Try: Berty
Pen: Deylaud
Castaignède (2)
Drop: Deylaud
Castaignède
Try: R.Paillat
Con: S.Paillat
Pen: S.Paillat (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Patrick Thomas
FB 15 France Stéphane Ougier
RW 14 France Émile Ntamack (c)
OC 13 France Philippe Carbonneau
IC 12 France Thomas Castaignède
LW 11 France David Berty
FH 10 France Christophe Deylaud Substituted off 76'
SH 9 France Jérôme Cazalbou Substituted off 79'
N8 8 France Sylvain Dispagne
OF 7 France Hervé Manent
BF 6 France Didier Lacroix Substituted off 63'
RL 5 France Franck Belot
LL 4 France Hugues Miorin
TP 3 France Claude Portolan
HK 2 France Patrick Soula
LP 1 France Christian Califano
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Christophe Guiter
PR 17 France Pascal Lasserre
FL 18 France Jean-Luc Cester
FL 19 France Richard Castel Substituted in 63'
CE 20 France Olivier Carbonneau Substituted in 79'
CE 21 France Éric Artiguste Substituted in 76'
FB 22 France Ugo Mola
Coach:
France Guy Novès
FB 15 France Sébastien Paillat
RW 14 France Sébastien Carrat Substituted off 16'
OC 13 France Romuald Paillat
IC 12 France Jean-Marie Soubira
LW 11 France Christophe Lucquiaud
FH 10 France Alain Penaud (c)
SH 9 France Sébastien Bonnet
N8 8 France Thierry Labrousse Substituted off 73'
OF 7 France Alain Carminati
BF 6 Belgium Loïc Van der Linden
RL 5 France Laurent Bonventre
LL 4 France Éric Alégret Substituted off 76'
TP 3 France Richard Crespy
HK 2 France Vincent Moscato
LP 1 France Didier Casadeï
Substitutions:
PR 16 France Sotele Puleoto
PR 17 France Arnaud Boudie
LK 18 France Yvan Manhès Substituted in 76'
N8 19 France François Duboisset Substituted in 73'
SH 20 France Bruno Marty
WG 21 France Didier Faugeron Substituted in 16'
FB 22 France Alain Guettache
Coach:
France Laurent Seigne