FC Grenoble

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FC Grenoble Rugby
FC Grenoble.gif
Full name Football Club de Grenoble Rugby
Nickname(s) FCG
Founded 1892; 126 years ago (1892)
Location Grenoble, France
Ground(s) Stade des Alpes (Capacity: 20,068)
President Marc Chérèque
Coach(es) Stéphane Glas, Dewald Senekal
League(s) Top 14
2017–18 Rugby Pro D2, 3rd (promotion finalist/promoted via play-off)
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 Top 14, the top level of the French league system. After a title of champions of the second-level Pro D2 in 2012, Grenoble played 4 seasons in Top 14 before suffering relegation after 2016-17 season. At the end of the 2017-18 Pro D2 season, Grenoble was promoted again to Top 14 for the 2018-19 season, following an promotion playoff win against Top 14 side Oyonnax. 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 (2) : 2002, 2018
  • 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]

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 7 5 0 2 235 130 +105 27 12 3 2 25
2 Stade Français 7 5 0 2 178 114 +64 19 12 2 1 23
3 Lyon 7 4 1 2 175 113 +62 18 10 2 1 21
4 Montpellier 7 4 1 2 196 155 +41 24 19 1 1 20
5 Castres 7 4 0 3 146 140 +6 14 15 1 2 19
6 Toulouse 7 4 1 2 149 171 –22 17 21 0 1 19
7 Racing 7 4 0 3 175 132 +43 21 10 2 1 18
8 Bordeaux Bègles 7 3 1 3 157 139 +18 16 11 1 2 17
9 La Rochelle 7 4 0 3 173 159 +14 23 20 1 1 17
10 Pau 7 4 0 3 139 158 –19 12 15 0 1 17
11 Grenoble 7 2 0 5 140 185 –45 11 23 0 3 10
12 Toulon 7 2 0 5 115 169 –54 14 18 1 0 9
13 Agen 7 2 0 5 105 237 –132 10 32 0 1 9
14 Perpignan 7 0 0 7 115 196 –81 11 19 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]

Current squad[edit]

The squad for the 2018–19 season is:[10][a]

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
Duncan Casey Hooker Ireland Ireland
Etienne Fourcade Hooker France France
Mike Tadjer Hooker Portugal Portugal
Halani Aulika Prop Tonga Tonga
Alexandre Dardet Prop France France
Beka Gigashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Dylan Jacquot Prop France France
JC Janse van Rensburg Prop South Africa South Africa
Vazha Kapanadze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Davit Kubriashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Mihai Lazăr Prop Romania Romania
Ali Oz Prop France France
Mickaël Capelli Lock France France
Leva Fifita Lock Tonga Tonga
Kilian Geraci Lock France France
Hans N'Kinsi Lock France France
Francois Uys Lock South Africa South Africa
Fabien Alexandre Back row France France
Clément Ancely Back row France France
Loïc Baradel Back row France France
Antonin Berruyer Back row France France
Steeve Blanc-Mappaz Back row France France
Loïc Godener Back row France France
Stephen Setephano Back row Cook Islands Cook Islands
Taiasina Tuifu'a Back row Samoa Samoa
Edgar Tuinukuafe Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Théo Nanette Scrum-half France France
Lilien Saseras Scrum-half France France
Jérémy Valençot Scrum-half France France
Burton Francis Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Clément Gélin Fly-half France France
Adrien Latorre Fly-half France France
Ben Lucas [a] Fly-half Australia Australia
Franck Pourteau Fly-half France France
Etienne Dussartre Centre France France
Junior Rasolea Centre Australia Australia
Eddie Sawailau Centre Fiji Fiji
Alaska Taufa Centre Tonga Tonga
Taleta Tupuola Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Pablo Uberti Centre France France
Lucas Dupont Wing France France
Jean-Teiva Jacquelin Wing French Polynesia Tahiti
Daniel Kilioni Wing Tonga Tonga
Raymond Rhule Wing South Africa South Africa
Gervais Cordin Fullback France France
Gaëtan Germain Fullback France France
Bastien Guillemin Fullback France France
Lolagi Visinia Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b New signing Ben Lucas is not yet listed on the official squad page.[11]

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 Juin 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.
  10. ^ "FCG - FC Grenoble - Players". FC Grenoble. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Ben Lucas à Grenoble" (Press release) (in French). FC Grenoble Rugby. 20 June 2018. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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