FC Grenoble

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FC Grenoble Rugby
FC Grenoble.gif
Full name Football Club de Grenoble Rugby
Nickname(s) FCG
Founded 1892; 125 years ago (1892)
Location Grenoble, France
Ground(s) Stade des Alpes (Capacity: 20,068)
President Marc Chérèque
Coach(es) Bernard Jackman
League(s) Rugby Pro D2
2016–17 Top 14, 13th (relegated)
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
fcgrugby.com

Football Club de Grenoble Alpes Rugby is a French rugby union club which will be playing in Pro D2, the second-highest level of the French league system. After earning promotion to the fist-level Top 14 as champions of the second-level Pro D2 in 2012, the club suffered relegation back at the end of the 2016-17 season. Grenoble play most home matches at the Stade des Alpes (capacity 20,068) since 2014-2015. The club's colors are red and blue.

History[edit]

FC Grenoble Playing in the Top 14 in 2014

The club was founded in 1892 following the merger of the main clubs in Grenoble in Rhône-Alpes.

After becoming champions of the Alps in 1912, FCG reached the final of the Coupe de l'Espérance (in 1918), which replaced the old championship of France during the First World War. Since then Grenoble have regularly featured in the finals. Grenoble contributed notable players to the original French National Team, among them Edmond Besset and Felix Lasserre and Edmond Vellat. In 1931, Grenoble was one of 14 clubs who left the French Rugby Federation to create their own organization, UFRA.

In 1954, the first team, then coached by Roger Bouvarel, wrote the most beautiful page in the history of the club. FC Grenoble won his first Bouclier de Brennus and became champion of France after a 5-3 victory against the U.S. Cognac.

Champions in 1954 :

  • France Roger Baqué
  • France Guy Belletante
  • Italy Innocent Bionda
  • France Pierre Claret
  • France Henri Coquet
  • France René Duhau
  • France Georges Echevet
  • Italy Sergio Lanfranchi
  • France Jean Liénard
  • France René Martin
  • France André Morel
  • Italy Duilio Parolai
  • Russia / Russia Michel Pliassoff
  • Estonia Paul Rein
  • Poland / France Eugène Smogorenski

With Jean Liénard became coach, Grenoble played the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA in 1963.

In 1987, Grenoble won the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the SU Agen on the score of 26-7. This is the second major trophy for the club.

The winners of the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 :

  • France Frédéric Boutin
  • New Zealand Martin Brooke
  • France Gilbert Brunat
  • France Hervé Chaffardon
  • France Gilles Claret
  • France Éric Ferruit
  • France Alain Gely
  • France Stéphane Geraci
  • France Jean-Jacques Grand
  • South Africa Brent Jordaan
  • France Pierre Mathias
  • France Dominique Mazille
  • France Joris Menzildjian
  • France Patrick Mesny
  • France Philippe Meunier
  • France Christophe Monteil
  • France Willy Pepelnjak
  • France Robert Petuello
  • France Thierry Picard
  • France Jean-Marc Romand
  • France Bernard Vacchino
  • France Frédéric Vélo
  • France Richard Zago

The arrival of Jacques Fouroux in control of the team for the 1992–93 season associated with Michel Ringeval marks the beginning of a new era called the Mammoths of Grenoble. Despite overpowering pack Grenoble tilts on the score of 14-11.[1] A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[2] and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres. Salles admitted the error 13 years later[3] .[4] .[5]

Players Championship Final in 1993 :

  • France Brice Bardou
  • France Arnaud Bazin
  • France Olivier Brouzet
  • France Gilbert Brunat
  • France Xavier Cambres
  • France Franck Capdeville
  • France Hervé Chaffardon
  • France Éric Ferruit
  • France Patrick Goirand
  • France Franck Hueber
  • Poland Gregory Kacala
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Džoni Mandić
  • France Dominique Mazille
  • France Olivier Merle
  • France Philippe Meunier
  • France Cyril Savy
  • France Martial Servantes
  • France Willy Taofifénua
  • France Philippe Tapié
  • France Patrice Vacchino
  • France Frédéric Vélo

Since then the club has struggled.

Grenoble play the '1999–2000 Heineken Cup in Pool 6.

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Northampton 6 5 0 1 19 7 12 184 87 97 10
France FC Grenoble 6 3 0 3 13 15 −2 110 140 −30 6
Scotland Edinburgh Reivers 6 3 0 3 13 19 −6 112 158 −46 6
Wales Neath 6 1 0 5 13 17 −4 128 149 −21 2
Results
Date Stadium Team Score Team
19 November Netherdale, Galashiels Scotland Edinburgh 23 - 18 FC Grenoble
27 November Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 20 - 18 Northampton Saints
11 December The Gnoll, Neath Wales Neath RFC 43 - 14 FC Grenoble
18 December Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 21 - 10 Neath RFC
9 January Franklin's Gardens, Northampton England Northampton Saints 27 - 16 FC Grenoble
15 January Lesdiguières, Grenoble France FC Grenoble 21 - 19 Edinburgh

They were relegated to the French second division and came back again.

At the end of 2004–05, they were relegated to the French second division, Rugby Pro D2, after the top level was reduced from sixteen to fourteen teams. However, they were relegated even further, to the amateur Fédérale 1, due to financial problems; an audit of the club’s books revealed debts of €3.64 million as of 30 June 2005.[6] They earned promotion back to the professional ranks at the first opportunity, and played in Pro D2, in 2006–07; they finished their first season back in ProD2 in fourteenth place (out of sixteen), surviving the drop by one point over Limoges. They ended the 2007–08 season in eighth, close to the play-offs. In 2010–11 Grenoble finished second, losing the play-off semi-final game at home against Union Bordeaux Bègles. In 2011–12 Grenoble finished first, securing their return to the Top 14 for the 2012–13 season. In their first season back in the top flight, they were in contention for a playoff place early in the season, but faded to 11th, still safely above the relegation zone.

Honours[edit]

Among the club's honours are the championship of the Top 14 and of the Challenge Yves du Manoir. Its achievements include: [7][8][9]

  • Top 14
    • Champions (1) : 1954
    • Runners-up (1) : 1993
  • Coupe de l'Espérance
    • Runners-up (1) : 1918
  • French second division:
    • Champions (2) : 1951, 2012
    • Runners-up (1) : 2002
  • Challenge Yves du Manoir:
    • Champions (1) : 1987
    • Runners-up (3) : 1969, 1986, 1990
  • Challenge Jean Bouin:
    • Runners-up (2) : 1992, 1994
  • French Championship Reserves:
    • Champions (6) : 1921 (Third Team), 1950, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1980 (Nationale B)
    • Runners-up (2) : 1969, 1972
  • Cup Frantz-Reichel:
    • Champions (4) : 1981, 1992, 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up (3) : 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Challenge complete club:
    • Champions (1) : 1993
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA:
    • Runners-up (1) : 1963

Finals results[edit]

French premiership[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
23 May 1954 FC Grenoble US Cognac 5-3 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 34,230
5 June 1993 Castres Olympique FC Grenoble 14-11 Parc des Princes, Paris 49,061

Coupe de l'Espérance[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
28 April 1918 Racing Club de France FC Grenoble 22-9 Stade du Matin, Colombes 3,000

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
24 May 1969 US Dax FC Grenoble 24 – 12 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 2,902
1 May 1986 AS Montferrand FC Grenoble 22-15 Stadium, Brive-la-Gaillarde 10,400
10 May 1987 FC Grenoble SU Agen 26–7 Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié, Narbonne 3,200
19 May 1990 RC Narbonne FC Grenoble 24–19 Stade du Hameau, Pau 5,500

Current standings[edit]

2016–17 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 La Rochelle (SF) 26 17 3 6 707 498 +209 68 46 6 5 85
2 Clermont (CH) 26 15 3 8 800 562 +238 87 59 8 4 78
3 Montpellier (QF) 26 16 0 10 750 564 +186 80 50 7 5 76
4 Toulon (RU) 26 14 2 10 674 511 +163 68 49 5 4 69
5 Castres (QF) 26 13 1 12 667 509 +158 65 38 5 4 63
6 Racing (SF) 26 14 1 11 586 616 –30 62 62 3 1 62
7 Stade Français 26 12 1 13 643 638 +5 65 58 5 4 59
8 Brive 26 13 1 12 577 634 –57 41 64 0 3 58
9 Pau 26 12 1 13 604 701 –97 58 70 2 5 57
10 Lyon 26 11 2 13 573 632 –59 55 56 3 4 55
11 Bordeaux 26 11 1 14 569 581 –12 51 51 2 6 54
12 Toulouse 26 11 0 15 537 561 –24 53 46 2 6 53
13 Grenoble (R) 26 7 1 18 611 852 –241 58 89 2 6 38
14 Bayonne (R) 26 6 3 17 466 905 –439 41 107 0 0 30

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 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) advances to a play-off for a chance to compete in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2017–18 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Final table

Current squad[edit]

2016-17 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
Laurent Bouchet Hooker France France
Arnaud Heguy Hooker France France
Loick Jammes Hooker France France
Fabien Barcella Prop France France
Benat Auzqui Prop France France
Beka Gigashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Alexandre Dardet Prop France France
Dayna Edwards Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Jarrod Firth Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Sona Taumalolo Prop Tonga Tonga
Ben Hand Lock Australia Australia
Peter Kimlin Lock Australia Australia
Mathias Marie Lock France France
Clement Mathieu Lock France France
Aly Muldowney Lock England England
Fabien Alexandre Flanker France France
Mahamadou Diaby Flanker France France
Dylan Hayes Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Kevin Kornath Flanker France France
Hendrik Roodt Flanker South Africa South Africa
Henry Vanderglas Flanker Australia Australia
Jonathan Best Number 8 France France
Rory Grice Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Stephen Setephano Number 8 Cook Islands Cook Islands
Player Position Union
Charl McLeod Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
David Mele Scrum-half France France
Gilles Bosch Fly-half France France
Jonathan Wisniewski Fly-half France France
Fabrice Estebanez Centre France France
Chris Farrell Centre Ireland Ireland
Nigel Hunt Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Xavier Mignot Centre France France
Edward Sawailau Centre Fiji Fiji
Armand Batlle Wing France France
Lucas Dupont Wing France France
Maritino Nemani Wing Fiji Fiji
Sisa Waqa Wing Fiji Fiji
Gio Aplon Fullback South Africa South Africa
Fabien Gengenbacher Fullback France France

Academy squad[edit]

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
Etienne Fourcade Hooker France France
Paulin Mas Hooker France France
Aurelien Azar Prop France France
Dylan Jacquot Prop France France
Ali Oz Prop France France
Mickaël Capelli Lock France France
Steven Giroud Lock France France
Thomas Jolmes Lock France France
Loïc Barade Flanker France France
Kevin Kornath Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Lilian Saseras Scrum-half France France
Jeremy Valencot Scrum-half France France
Clement Gelin Centre France France
Pierre Mignot Wing France France
Bastien Guillemin Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

Internationally Capped Players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". www.republicain-lorrain.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Combien de fois Bayonne s’est imposé dans la capitale ?". www.rugbyrama.fr. Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l’insupportable aveu de l’arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 june 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Grenoble drop out". rugbyrugby.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  7. ^ "Football Club de Grenoble Rugby". histoire.maillots.free.fr. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fiche club : Grenoble". www.finalesrugby.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Equipes du FC Grenoble Rugby honorées d'un titre". www.fcgrugby.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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