1997–98 French Rugby Union Championship

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1997–98 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Stade Français (9th title)
Runners-up Montferrand
Relegated Montpellier
Attendance

The 1997–1998 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 20 teams divided in the preliminary phase in two pools of 12. The first four team of each pool were admitted to quarters of final.

Stade Français won the title beating in the final the Montferrand (that lose for 5th time the final). It was the first victory for Stade Français after 90 years, the last was in 1908.

For the first time, the final was played in the new Stade de France

Montpellier was relegated in second division. Five team was promoted from the second division in order to increase to 24 the team participating to 1998–99 championship.

Preliminary Phase[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Stade toulousain 46
2 US Colomiers 43
3 RC Narbonne 42
4 Montferrand 40
5 Brive 37
6 Biarritz 36
7 Dax 34
8 Béziers 32
9 La Rochelle 28
10 Nice 22

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Club Points
1 Stade Français 43
2 Perpignan 43
3 Bègles-Bordeaux 43
4 Castres 42
5 Pau 39
6 Bourgoin 37
7 Agen 37
8 Toulon 35
9 Grenoble 23
10 Montpellier 18

Quarters of final[edit]

may '98 Bourdeaux-Begles - Stade Français 31–26 18–24
may '98 Montferrand - Toulouse 19–10 9–22
may '98 Castres - Perpignan 25–19 7–42
may '98 Castres - Colomiers 19–19 8–8

Semifinali[edit]

may '98 Stade Français - Toulouse 39–3
may '98 Perpignan - Colomiers 15–12

Final[edit]

16 May 1998
Stade Français 34 – 7 Perpignan
Try: Simon (18')
Mytton (28')
Bolobolo (41')
Gomes (60')
Dominici (80'+1)
Con: Dominguez (3) (18', 28', 80'+1)
Pen: Dominguez (80')
Try: Pérarnau (77')
Con: Arandiga (77')
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Joël Dumé
FB 15 France Arthur Gomes
RW 14 France Christophe Dominici
OC 13 France Franck Comba
IC 12 New Zealand Cliff Mytton
LW 11 Fiji Emori Bolobolo Substituted off 64'
FH 10 Italy Diego Dominguez
SH 9 France Christophe Laussucq
N8 8 France Christophe Juillet
OF 7 England Richard Pool-Jones Substituted off 72'
BF 6 France Marc Lièvremont
RL 5 France Hervé Chaffardon Substituted off 62'
LL 4 France David Auradou Substituted off 72'
TP 3 France Philippe Gimbert Substituted off 62'
HK 2 France Vincent Moscato (c) Substituted off 78'
LP 1 France Serge Simon
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Laurent Pedrosa Substituted in 78'
PR 17 France Sylvain Marconnet Substituted in 62'
LK 18 New Zealand Grant Ross Substituted in 62'
LK 19 France Olivier Roumat Substituted in 72'
FL 20 France Christophe Moni Substituted in 72'
SH 21 France Ludovic Loustau
WG 22 France Geofrey Abadie Substituted in 64'
Coach:
France Bernard Laporte
FB 15 France Gérald Bastide
RW 14 South Africa Alewyn Joubert
OC 13 France Didier Plana
IC 12 France Mathieu Barrau
LW 11 France Grégory Tutard
FH 10 France Laurent Saliès Substituted off 56'
SH 9 France Jacques Basset Substituted off 65'
N8 8 France Thomas Lièvremont (c)
OF 7 France Gérard Majoral
BF 6 France Sylvain Deroeux Substituted off 78'
RL 5 Canada Mike James
LL 4 France Jérôme Pradal Substituted off 62'
TP 3 France Stéphane de Besombes
HK 2 France Jacques Lançon Substituted off 36' Substituted in 80'
LP 1 France Renaud Peillard Substituted off 37'
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Michel Konieck Substituted in 36' Substituted off 80'
PR 17 France Pascal Méya Substituted in 37'
LK 18 France Alain Fourny Substituted in 62'
LK 19 France Olivier Olibeau Substituted in 78'
SH 20 France Christophe Pérarnau Substituted in 65'
FH 21 France Hervé Laporte
FB 22 France Gaël Arandiga Substituted in 56'
Coach:
France Alain Hyardet