Elite Two Championship

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Elite Two Championship
Country  France
Founded 2008
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Elite One Championship
Relegation to National Division 1
Domestic cup(s) Lord Derby Cup
Current champions La Reole XIII
Website site

The Elite Two Championship is the second tier semi-professional rugby league competition in France below the Elite One Championship, but above the National Division 1. The season runs from September to April. The clubs play each other home and away before entering into a series of play-off matches resulting in a Grand Final. The winners can gain promotion to the Elite One Championship providing they meet a minimum criteria. Occasionally the runners-up could be offered promotion.[1]


The league was previously called the National League 1 from 1958-2002.[2] The Elite Two Championship was formed in 2002 when the French Rugby League Championship was split into two Elite One and Elite Two. There was no competition in 1987 and in 1988 the league was won on league placings and not by a series of play-offs.[3]

2016-17 Season[edit]

Club Position(2015–16) Stadium Capacity City/Area
RC Baho XIII 5th Stade Municipal de Baho Baho, Pyrenees-Orientales
RC Carpentras XIII 8th Stade de la Roseraie 5,000 Carpentras, Vaucluse
US Entraigues XIII 1st (National Div 1) Stade Georges Mauro Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, Vaucluse
US Ferrals XIII 2nd (National Div 1) Stade de la Fontaine Ferrals-les-Corbieres, Languedoc-Rousillon
RC Lescure-Arthes XIII 1st Stade de Lescure d'Albigeois Lescure-d'Albigeois, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 7th Stade Georges Lyvet 5,000 Lyon, Rhone-Alps
Montpellier Red Devils 6th Stade Sabathe 6,500 Montpellier, Herault, Languedoc-Rousillon
Villefranche XIII Aveyron 4th Stade Henri Lagarde 2,700 Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron
Villeghailhenc-Aragon XIII 9th Stade Municipal Conques sur Orbiel Villegailhenc, Aude, Languedoc-Rousillon

Map Of Teams for 2016/17 Season[edit]


Teams currently participating in the Elite 2

Past winners[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner Up
1957-58 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII Winner on points
1974-75 AS Cadurcienne 9-8 Realmont XIII
1982-83 RC Carpentras XIII 14-6 Toulouse Olympique
1983-84 SU Cavaillon XIII 32-20 Roanne XIII
1984-85 Paris Châtillon XIII 18-12 Pia XIII
1985-86 Roanne XIII 19-16 La Réole XIII
1986-87 No Final
1987-88 Pia XIII Winner on points
1988-89 Pamiers XIII 20-12 Le Barcarès XIII
1989-90 Le Barcarès XIII 12-6 Villefranche XIII Aveyron
1990-91 Racing Club Albi XIII 23-12 Lézignan Sangliers
1991-92 Villefranche XIII Aveyron 12-6 Limoux Grizzlies
1992-93 Cannes XIII 20-7 Toulouse Olympique
1993-94 Palau XIII Broncos 25-16 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII
1994-95 US Entraigues XIII 22-6 Cannes XIII
1995-96 RC Salon XIII 30-16 Tonneins XIII
1996-97 RC Salon XIII 34-8 Saint-Cyprien XIII
1997-98 Tonneins XIII 36-12 SO Avignon
1998-99 Villefranche XIII Aveyron 38-18 Saint-Cyprien XIII
1999-2000 Saint-Cyprien XIII 32-20 AS Carcassonne
2000-01 RC Carpentras XIII 20-15 Racing Club Albi XIII
2001-02 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 28-22 Paris Châtillon XIII
2002-03 Sainte-Livrade XIII 25-15 UTC 2
2003-04 RC Carpentras XIII 14-10 UTC 2
2004-05 Marseille XIII 12-10 RC Carpentras XIII
2005-06 Le Barcarès XIII 25-19 Palau XIII Broncos
2006-07 Gifi Bias XIII 16-14 Racing Club Albi XIII
2007-08 Le Barcarès XIII 30-16 Montpellier Red Devils
2008-09 AS Corbeil 30-14 RC Baho XIII
2009-10 Palau XIII Broncos 18-12 Montpellier Red Devils
2010-11 RC Lescure-Arthes XIII 12-0 RC Baho XIII
2011-12 Palau XIII Broncos 34-17 Toulouse Jules-Julien XIII
2012-13 Palau XIII Broncos 26-22 RC Baho XIII
2013-14 RC Baho XIII 18-12 Racing Club Albi XIII
2014-15 Racing Club Albi XIII 21-14 RC Lescure-Arthes XIII
2015-16 La Reole XIII 20-16 RC Lescure-Arthes XIII

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