1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship

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1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship
Countries  France
Champions Tolouse (14th title)
Runners-up Montferrand
Relegated Nice, Béziers

The 1998–99 French Rugby Union Championship was played by 24 teams divided in the preliminary phase into three pools of 8. The first five teams from each pool and the best 6th placed were admitted to second round. The other played a relegation tournament divided in two pools.

Tolouse won the title, beating Montferrand in the final (that lose for 6th time the final).

First round[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Stade Français 34
2 Biarritz 34
3 Narbonne 32
4 Castres 32
5 Bourgoin 29
6 Toulon 28
7 Aurillac 21
8 Nîmes 14

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Perpignan 34
2 Montferrand 33
3 Agen 32
4 Dax 31
5 Bègles-Bordeaux 29
6 Béziers 28
7 Auch 20
8 Nice 17

Pool 3[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Tolouse 38
2 Brive 36
3 Pau 33
4 Grenoble 30
5 Colomiers 26
6 Périgueux 23
7 Racing Paris 20
8 La Rochelle 18

Béziers and Toulon had both 28 points. The "best 6th" was Toulon due to having less "red Cards" during the season.

Second round[edit]

The first of each pools were qualified to quarter of finals

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Tolouse 15
2 Bourgoin 13
3 Biarritz 10
4 Agen 10

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Colomiers 16
2 Stade Français 12
3 Narbonne 10
4 Pau 10

Pool 3[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 CA Bègles-Bordeaux 14
2 Castres 14
3 Perpignan 12
4 Dax 8

Pool 4[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Montferrand 14
2 Grenoble 12
3 Toulon 12
4 Brive 10

Grenoble was 2nd due to having less "red cards" during the season .

Quarters of final[edit]

15 may Bourdeaux-Begles - Bourgoin 8–14
15 may Toulouse - Stade Français 51–19
16 may Montferrand - Castres 28–27
16 may Colomiers - Grenoble 15–29

Semifinals[edit]

22 may Montferrand - Grenoble 26–17
22 may Toulouse - Bourgoin 26–17

Final[edit]

29 May 1999
Toulouse 15 – 11 Montferrand
Try: Stensness
Desbrosse
Con: Marfaing
Pen: Marfaing
Try: Nadau
Pen: Merceron (2)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Gérard Borréani
FB 15 France Stéphane Ougier
RW 14 France Xavier Garbajosa
OC 13 France Cédric Desbrosse Substituted off 72'
IC 12 France Émile Ntamack
LW 11 France Michel Marfaing
FH 10 New Zealand Lee Stensness
SH 9 France Jérôme Cazalbou
N8 8 France Sylvain Dispagne Substituted off 39'
OF 7 France Christian Labit Substituted off 77'
BF 6 France Didier Lacroix
RL 5 France Franck Belot (c)
LL 4 France Fabien Pelous
TP 3 France Franck Tournaire Substituted off 72'
HK 2 France Yannick Bru
LP 1 France Christian Califano
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Patrick Soula
PR 17 France Jean-Louis Jordana Substituted in 72'
LK 18 France Hugues Miorin Substituted in 39'
FL 19 France Matthieu Lièvremont Substituted in 77'
SH 20 France Jérôme Fillol
FH 21 France Christophe Deylaud
CE 22 France Pierre Bondouy Substituted in 72'
Coach:
France Guy Novès
FB 15 France Nicolas Nadau Substituted off 78'
RW 14 France Jimmy Marlu
OC 13 France Jérôme Morante
IC 12 France Tony Marsh
LW 11 France David Bory
FH 10 France Gérald Merceron Substituted off 67'
SH 9 France Stéphane Castaignède Substituted off 80+3'
N8 8 France David Courteix
OF 7 France Jean-Marc Lhermet (c) Substituted off 67'
BF 6 France Arnaud Costes
RL 5 France Christophe Sarraute Substituted off 59'
LL 4 France David Barrier
TP 3 France Fabrice Heyer
HK 2 France Olivier Azam Substituted off 67'
LP 1 France Emmanuel Menieu Substituted off 80+1'
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Patrick Laurent-Varange Substituted in 67'
PR 17 France Christophe Duchêne Substituted in 80+1'
LK 18 France Olivier Merle Substituted in 59'
FL 19 France Jérôme Bonvoisin Substituted in 67'
SH 20 France Christophe Larrue Substituted in 80+3'
FH 21 France Éric Nicol Substituted in 67'
FB 22 France Olivier Toulouze Substituted in 78'
Coach:
France Christophe Mombet

Relegation Pools[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Auch 14
2 Racing Parigi 14
3 Nîmes 10
4 Béziers 10

Béziers was classified last for worst point difference in the direct matches (Nîmes-Béziers 15–5 ; 36–37), and was relegated in Pro D2.

Pool 2[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Aurillac 15
2 Périgueux 11
3 La Rochelle 9
4 Nice 5

(ranking after 5 on 6)

RC Nice was relegated in Pro D2.