1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship

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1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Toulouse (14th title)
Runners-up Bourgoin
Relegated Nîmes, Périgueux, PUC, Dijon

The 1996–97 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 20 teams

Stade Toulousain won their 14th title, beating Bourgoin in the final.

Preliminary round[edit]

The 20 team were divided in the preliminary phase in two pools of 10. The first eight team of each pool were admitted to "Round of 16". The last two were relegated in second division.

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Pts
1 Bourgoin 45
2 Agen 43
3 Toulouse 42
4 Dax 42
5 Castres 40
6 Biarritz 37
7 Grenoble 32
8 Béziers 30
9 Nîmes 25
10 Périgueux 24

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Pts
1 Brive 43
2 Montferrand 41
3 Perpignan 41
4 Pau 39
5 Bègles-Bordeaux 38
6 Narbonne 38
7 Toulon 38
8 Colomiers 36
9 Paris Université Club 24
10 Dijon 22

Last 16[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Narbonne 24–22
may ‘97 Brive - Colomiers 31–36
may ‘97 Grenoble - Agen 27–27
may ‘97 Perpignan - Bourdeaux-Begles 26–29
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Beziers 23–14
may ‘97 Pau - Castres 23–20
may ‘97 Montferrand - Toulon 12–6
may ‘97 Dax - Biarritz 22–18

Last 8[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Colomiers 21–12
may ‘97 Agen - Bourdeaux-Begles 22–18
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Pau 24–18
may ‘97 Montferrand - Dax 22–18

Semifinals[edit]

may ‘97 Toulouse - Agen 23–16
may ‘97 Bourgoin - Montferrand 21–17

Final[edit]

31 May 1997
Toulouse 12 – 6 Bourgoin
Pen: Deylaud (3)
Drop: Deylaud
Pen: Geany (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Daniel Gillet
FB 15 France Stéphane Ougier
RW 14 France Michel Marfaing
OC 13 France Nicolas Martin Substituted off 80+2'
IC 12 France Thomas Castaignède
LW 11 France David Berty
FH 10 France Christophe Deylaud (c)
SH 9 France Jérôme Cazalbou
N8 8 France Sylvain Dispagne
OF 7 France Régis Sonnes
BF 6 France Didier Lacroix
RL 5 France Franck Belot
LL 4 France Hugues Miorin
TP 3 France Jean-Louis Jordana Substituted off 66'
HK 2 France Patrick Soula
LP 1 France Christian Califano
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Philippe Capelleri
PR 17 France Pascal Lasserre Substituted in 66'
LK 18 France David Couzinet
FL 19 France Jean-Marie Bisaro
SH 20 France Julien Tilloles
CE 21 France Olivier Carbonneau Substituted in 80+2'
FB 22 France Xavier Garbajosa
Coach:
France Guy Novès
FB 15 New Zealand Nigel Geany
RW 14 France Laurent Leflamand
OC 13 France Alexandre Péclier
IC 12 France Stéphane Glas Substituted off 24'
LW 11 France Ludovic Saunier
FH 10 France Gilles Cassagne
SH 9 France Dominique Mazille
N8 8 France Pierre Raschi Substituted off 72'
OF 7 France Michel Malafosse
BF 6 France Alexandre Chazalet
RL 5 France Jean Daudé Substituted off 59'
LL 4 France Marc Cécillon (c)
TP 3 New Zealand David Morgan Substituted off 51'
HK 2 France Jean-Pierre Sanchez
LP 1 France Philippe Vessiller
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Jean-François Martin-Culet
PR 17 France Laurent Gomez Substituted in 51'
LK 18 France Frédéric Nibelle Substituted in 59'
N8 19 France Julien Frier Substituted in 72'
SH 20 France Nicolas Guilhot
CE 21 France Pascal Fernandez Substituted in 24'
WG 22 France Laurent Belligoi
Coach:
France Michel Couturas