ASM Clermont Auvergne

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ASM Clermont Auvergne
Clermont auvergne badge.png
Full nameAssociation Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne
Nickname(s)Les Jaunards, The Vulcans, Montferrand, Yellow Army
Founded1911; 107 years ago (1911)
LocationClermont-Ferrand, France
Ground(s)Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin (Capacity: 19,022)
PresidentEric De Cromieres
Coach(es)Franck Azéma
Captain(s)Damien Chouly
League(s)Top 14
2017–189th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.asm-rugby.com

Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne (pronounced [klɛʁmɔ̃ ovɛʁɲ]) is a French rugby union club from Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes that currently competes in Top 14, the top level of the French league system. Clermont are two times French champions in 2009-10 and 2016-17. The rugby section is a part of a multi-sport club called AS Montferrand, which was founded in 1911 and adopted that name in 1919. Although the rugby section changed its name to the current ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2004, it is still frequently referred to as Montferrand both within and outside France.

The team play at the 19,022-seat Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, also known by its nickname, The Bib Park. Clermont wear yellow and blue, the colours of the city of Montferrand, taken from the French tyre manufacturer Michelin when the firm settled in Montferrand in 1889.

The city is where Marcel Michelin, the son of the founder of the famous French tyre manufacturer, decided to implement the first factory but also the stadium after the creation of ASM for its workers before World War I. L'ASM, as they are also called, are the traditional underdog, always cited among early favourites and praised for their style of play, but never winning trophies at the end of the season.[citation needed] They have reached the French Championship final thirteen times, losing on each occasion until their eleventh trip in 2010, when they finally won the championship in their 100th year as a club.[1]

History[edit]

Amateur era[edit]

The club was established in 1911 as AS Michelin, though they changed their name to AS Montferrandaise in 1919 due to legal obligation. The club was started by Marcel Michelin, the son of André Michelin the founder of the Michelin tyre manufacturer and he died in deportation at Buchenwald. He had been deported there as a member of the Resistance and was involved in two successful escape attempts before dying during the third.

The club made its first final of any competition in 1935, where they played Perpignan for the Challenge Yves du Manoir. AS Montferrand lost the match, 3–3 and 9–0. The following year they featured in their first championship final; though they lost to RC Narbonne 6 points to 3. They made the final again in 1937, though that match was also lost, 13 points to 7 to CS Vienne. However the following season the club won its first title; winning the Challenge Yves du Manoir by defeating Perpignan 23 points to 10.

During the 1940s the club contested the Coupe de France on two occasions, in 1945 and 1947. The club lost on both occasions, by one point, 14 to 13 to SU Agen in 1945, and then 14 to 11 against Toulouse in 1947. It would be another 10 years until the club featured in another competition final; losing to US Dax in the 1957 Challenge Yves du Manoir. The club became a force during the 1970s, starting in 1970 with a 3 points to nil championship loss to La Voulte Sportif. The club then contested the Challenge Yves du Manoir twice in a row over the 1972–73 seasons; losing both finals, against AS Béziers and Narbonne respectively. Then they won the competition in 1976, defeating SC Graulhet 40 points to 12 just a few days after the death of the young international winger, Jean-François Philiponeau, struck on the field during an exhibition game. The club then contested the championship final in 1978, though they lost to Béziers. They also lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1979, against Narbonne.

In 1994 season the club contested both the French championship and the Challenge Yves du Manoir. They lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir to Perpignan (the third time the clubs had met in the competition final). They also lost the championship, defeated 22 points to 16 by Toulouse.

Professional era[edit]

The club contested two finals in the 1999 season as well, the French championship and the European Challenge Cup. They won the European Challenge Cup, defeating fellow French club CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 35 points to 16 at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. However they lost the domestic final, being defeated by Toulouse again, 15 points to 11. The club would meet Toulouse again in the season final of 2001, with Toulouse winning 34 points to 22. In 2004 they contested the European Challenge Cup again, though they lost to English club Harlequins, by one point, 27 to 26 at the last minute.

The team experienced a hard period between 2002 and 2006 and it was only with the arrival of Vern Cotter, in the middle of 2006, that the team's form began to improve.[citation needed] In Vern Cotter's first year as head coach, Clermont reached their first final since 2001 (which they lost in the last minute against Stade Français), and won the European Challenge Cup against Bath at the Twickenham Stoop. Montferrand developed further under Vern Cotter during the following two seasons, but they lose two more finals against Toulouse in 2008, and Perpignan in 2009. But the team continues to bounce back and perform well years of years.

In 2010, in the Heineken Cup the team was drawn against Leicester Tigers and Ospreys in a tough pool. Despite this Montferrand succeeded in winning the pool and were subsequently drawn against the holders of the cup, Leinster Rugby. That was the beginning of what would become one of the greatest rivalries in rugby. In an epic battle, Montferrand lost 29–28. After this loss, they went on to win all of their remaining games to win the French championship against Perpignan (19–6) with a notably exceptional display during the semi-final against RC Toulon in Saint-Etienne.

In 2012 they reached the semi-final of the Heineken Cup. They were beaten by Leinster Rugby and were inches from winning the game at the end but Wesley Fofana dropped the ball on Leinster's try line.

Clermont reached the Heineken Cup final for the first time in 2013 after they beat Munster Rugby 16–10 in the semi-final in Montpellier. They subsequently lost to Toulon in the HEC final which was held in Lansdowne Road in Dublin on 18 May 2013 by a single point (16–15).

In 2014, Clermont reached the Heineken Cup semi-final of the play-offs for the second consecutive time and lost to Saracens.

2015 saw Clermont make it to the final of the European Cup (now European Rugby Champions Cup) but lost to RC Toulon 24–18. A few weeks later, they also lost the final of the French Top 14 against Stade Français 12–6.

2016 saw Clermont having their first blow in the European Rugby Champions Cup since 2011 by failing to make the quarter final after a late loss against Bordeaux at home. But they finally reached the French championship semi-final with a highly controversial lose against Racing 92.

However, the team bounced back and produced during the season 2016-2017, reaching again two finals in the French Top 14 and European Champions Cup. They lost the European Cup against reigning champions Saracens.

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Clermont 9 6 1 2 303 163 +140 35 14 4 2 32
2 Toulouse 9 6 1 2 225 189 36 27 23 2 1 29
3 Stade Français 9 6 0 3 209 175 +34 22 19 2 1 27
4 Lyon 9 5 1 3 229 154 +75 24 14 3 1 26
5 Racing 9 6 0 3 243 173 +70 30 16 2 1 26
6 La Rochelle 9 6 0 3 219 197 +22 27 22 1 1 25
7 Castres 9 5 0 4 189 191 –2 19 21 2 2 24
8 Bordeaux Bègles 9 4 1 4 192 192 0 20 17 2 2 22
9 Montpellier 9 4 1 4 229 207 +22 28 26 1 2 21
10 Pau 8 4 0 5 177 236 –59 17 25 0 1 17
11 Grenoble 9 2 2 5 176 221 –45 13 26 0 3 14
12 Toulon 9 3 0 6 150 198 –48 16 20 1 1 14
13 Agen 9 2 1 6 143 279 –136 12 35 0 2 12
14 Perpignan 9 0 0 9 149 258 –109 14 26 0 4 4

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  2. Points difference in head-to-head matches
  3. Try differential in head-to-head matches
  4. Points difference in all matches
  5. Try differential in all matches
  6. Points scored in all matches
  7. Tries scored in all matches
  8. Fewer matches forfeited
  9. Classification in the previous Top 14 season
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the Relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to Rugby Pro D2.

Final table — source: [1]

Honours[edit]

Statue of Vercingetorix decorated with the flag of ASM Clermont Auvergne after the Top 14 championship of 2010.

European results[edit]

Heineken Cup and European Rugby Champions Cup Finals[edit]

Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Spectators
18 May 2013 RC Toulon 16–15 Clermont Auvergne Aviva Stadium, Dublin 51,142
2 May 2015 RC Toulon 24–18 Clermont Auvergne Twickenham, London 56,662
13 May 2017 Saracens 28–17 Clermont Auvergne BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 55,272

European Challenge Cup Finals[edit]

Date Winner Score Runners-up Venue Spectators
27 February 1999 AS Montferrand 35–16 CS Bourgoin-Jallieu Stade de Gerland, Lyon 31,986
22 May 2004 Harlequin F.C. 27–26 AS Montferrand Madejski Stadium, Reading 13,123
19 May 2007 Clermont Auvergne 22–16 Bath Rugby Twickenham Stoop, London 10,134

France results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
10 May 1936 RC Narbonne AS Montferrand 6–3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
2 May 1937 CS Vienne AS Montferrand 13–7 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 17,000
17 May 1970 La Voulte Sportif AS Montferrand 3–0 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 35,000
28 May 1978 AS Béziers AS Montferrand 31–9 Parc des Princes, Paris 42,004
28 May 1994 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 22–16 Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
29 May 1999 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 15–11 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
9 June 2001 Stade Toulousain AS Montferrand 34–22 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,000
9 June 2007 Stade Français Clermont Auvergne 23–18 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,654
28 June 2008 Stade Toulousain Clermont Auvergne 26–20 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,275
6 June 2009 USA Perpignan Clermont Auvergne 22–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,205
29 May 2010 Clermont Auvergne USA Perpignan 19–6 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,262
13 June 2015 Stade Français Clermont Auvergne 12–6 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,000
4 June 2017 Clermont Auvergne RC Toulonnais 22–16 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,771

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1935 USA Perpignan 3–3, 6–0 AS Montferrand
1938 AS Montferrand 23–10 USA Perpignan
1957 US Dax 6–6* AS Montferrand
1972 AS Béziers 27–6 AS Montferrand
1976 AS Montferrand 40–12 SC Graulhet
1979 RC Narbonne 9–7 AS Montferrand
1985 RC Nice 21–16 AS Montferrand
1986 AS Montferrand 22–15 FC Grenoble
1994 USA Perpignan 18–3 AS Montferrand

* Note: by virtue of younger players

Coupe de France[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1945 SU Agen 14–13 AS Montferrand
1947 Stade Toulousain 14–11 AS Montferrand

Current squad[edit]

The Clermont squad for the 2018–19 season is:[2]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Yohan Beheregaray Hooker France France
Benjamin Kayser Hooker France France
John Ulugia Hooker Australia Australia
Etienne Falgoux Prop France France
Beka Kakabadze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Michaël Simutoga Prop France France
Rabah Slimani Prop France France
Loni Uhila Prop Tonga Tonga
Davit Zirakashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Corentin Astier Lock France France
Arthur Iturria Lock France France
Paul Jedrasiak Lock France France
Sitaleki Timani Lock Australia Australia
Sébastien Vahaamahina Lock France France
Flip van der Merwe Lock South Africa South Africa
Jacobus van Tonder Lock South Africa South Africa
Judicaël Cancoriet Back row France France
Damien Chouly Back row France France
Viktor Kolelishvili Back row Georgia (country) Georgia
Alexandre Lapandry Back row France France
Fritz Lee Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Julien Ruaud Back row France France
Peceli Yato Back row Fiji Fiji
Player Position Union
Charlie Cassang Scrum-half France France
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Morgan Parra Scrum-half France France
Patricio Fernandez Fly-half Argentina Argentina
Dorian Laverhne Fly-half France France
Camille Lopez Fly-half France France
Peter Betham Centre Australia Australia
Wesley Fofana Centre France France
Rémi Lamerat Centre France France
George Moala Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Apisai Naqalevu Centre Fiji Fiji
Damian Penaud Centre France France
Samuel Ezeala Wing Spain Spain
Rémy Grosso Wing France France
Tim Nanai-Williams Wing Samoa Samoa
Alivereti Raka Wing Fiji Fiji
Nick Abendanon Fullback England England
Isaia Toeava Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
Setariki Tuicuvu Fullback Fiji Fiji

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couret, Jean-Paul (30 May 2010). "Clermont beat Perpignan to end 10-final jinx in Top 14". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Joueurs de l'ASM Rugby : l'effectif". ASM Rugby (in French). Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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