French Rugby League Championship

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French Rugby League Championship
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Sport Rugby League
Founded 1934
No. of teams 11
Country  France
Most recent
champion(s)
Toulouse

The French rugby league championship (French: Le Championnat de France de Rugby à XIII) has been the major rugby league tournament for semi-professional and professional clubs in France and Monaco since the sport was introduced to the country in the 1930s.

Except for the first season, a play-off structure leading to a championship final has always been used to determine the fate of the championship. Because the French rugby league championship has several divisions where the teams will change each year depending on final standings and relegation/promotion there have been many teams in the French rugby league championship since its inception.

The championship is divided into several divisions; the top league is currently titled Elite One Championship (French: Le Championnat de France Elite).

List of Finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1934–1935 SA Villeneuve 1 n/a
1935–1936 XIII Catalan 25–14 Bordeaux XIII Parc de Suzon, Bordeaux 14,150
1936–1937 Bordeaux XIII 23–10 XIII Catalan Parc de Suzon, Bordeaux 14,300
1937–1938 RC Albi 8–5 SA Villeneuve Parc de Suzon, Bordeaux 14,880
1938–1939 RC Roanne XIII 9–0 SA Villeneuve Stade Velodrome de Lescure, Bordeaux 19,788
1939–1940 XIII Catalan 20–16 Pau XIII Stade des Minimes, Toulouse 10,000
1940–44 Rugby league outlawed by Vichy regime
1944–1945 AS Carcassonne 13–12 Toulouse Olympique Stade Jean Laffon, Perpignan
1945–1946 AS Carcassonne 12–0 Toulouse Olympique Stade de Gerland, Lyon
1946–1947 RC Roanne XIII 19–0 AS Carcassonne Stade de Gerland, Lyon 15,000
1947–1948 RC Roanne XIII 3–2 AS Carcassonne Marseille 20,000
1948–1949 Marseille XIII 12–5 AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne 23,500
1949–1950 AS Carcassonne 21–7 Marseille XIII Perpignan 18,000
1950–1951 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 15–10 XIII Catalan Stade Chapou, Toulouse 21,933
1951–1952 AS Carcassonne 18–6 Marseille XIII Stade Chapou, Toulouse 16,645
1952–1953 AS Carcassonne 19–12 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII Toulouse 22,000
1953–1954 Bordeaux XIII 7–4 Marseille XIII Toulouse 8,000
1954–1955 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 7–6 AS Carcassonne Toulouse 12,000
1955–1956 RC Albi 13–5 AS Carcassonne Toulouse 15,850
1956–1957 XIII Catalan 14–9 SO Avignon Toulouse 9,000
1957–1958 RC Albi 8–6 AS Carcassonne Toulouse 16,163
1958–1959 US Villeneuve 24–16 FC Lézignan Toulouse 13,000
1959–1960 RC Roanne XIII 31–24 RC Albi Toulouse 13,800
1960–1961 FC Lézignan 7–4 RC Roanne XIII Toulouse 6,998
1961–1962 RC Albi 14–7 US Villeneuve Toulouse 12,068
1962–1963 FC Lézignan 20–13 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 12,200
1963–1964 US Villeneuve 4–3 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse 5,166
1964–1965 Toulouse Olympique 47–15 US Villeneuve Toulouse 8,837
1965–1966 AS Carcassonne 45–20 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 11,244
1966–1967 AS Carcassonne 39–15 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 10,779
1967–1968 SC Limoux 13–12 AS Carcassonne Toulouse 14,432
1968–1969 XIII Catalan 12–11 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 8,326
1969–1970 RC Saint-Gaudens 32–10 XIII Catalan Toulouse 21,300
1970–1971 AS Saint Estève 13–4 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 8,179
1971–1972 AS Carcassonne 21–9 RC Saint-Gaudens Toulouse 11,566
1972–1973 Toulouse Olympique 18–0 Marseille XIII Toulouse 13,827
1973–1974 RC Saint-Gaudens 21–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse 5,696
1974–1975 Toulouse Olympique 10–9 AS Saint Estève Toulouse 5,015
1975–1976 AS Carcassonne 14–6 FC Lézignan Toulouse 14,000
1976–1977 RC Albi 19–10 AS Carcassonne Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi 18,325
1977–1978 FC Lézignan 3–0 XIII Catalan Toulouse 10,358
1978–1979 XIII Catalan 17–2 AS Carcassonne Toulouse 13,202
1979–1980 US Villeneuve 12–7 AS Saint Estève Toulouse 10,029
1980–1981 US Villeneuve n/a² XIII Catalan Toulouse
1981–1982 XIII Catalan 21–8 AS Saint Estève Toulouse 8,504
1982–1983 XIII Catalan 10–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse 10,628
1983–1984 XIII Catalan 30–6 US Villeneuve Toulouse 8,182
1984–1985 XIII Catalan 26–6 Le Pontet XIII Toulouse 8,797
1985–1986 Le Pontet XIII 19–6 XIII Catalan Toulouse 8,000
1986–1987 XIII Catalan 11–3 Le Pontet XIII Toulouse 4,350
1987–1988 Le Pontet XIII 14–2 XIII Catalan Toulouse 9,950
1988–1989 AS Saint Estève 23–4 Le Pontet XIII Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 9,936
1989–1990 AS Saint Estève 24–23 AS Carcassonne Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,000
1990–1991 RC Saint-Gaudens 10–8 US Villeneuve Toulouse 6,031
1991–1992 AS Carcassonne 11–10 AS Saint Estève Toulouse 6,000
1992–1993 AS Saint Estève 9–8 XIII Catalan Toulouse 10,000
1993–1994 XIII Catalan 6–4 Pia XIII Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 12,000
1994–1995 Pia XIII 12–10 AS Saint Estève Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 13,200
1995–1996 US Villeneuve 27–26 AS Saint Estève Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 10,000
1996–1997 AS Saint Estève 28–24 US Villeneuve Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 12,000
1997–1998 AS Saint Estève 15–8 US Villeneuve Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 12,000
1998–1999 Villeneuve Leopards 33–20 St Gaudens Paris 7,592
1999–2000 Spacers de Toulouse 20–18 AS Saint Estève Paris 6,500
2000–2001 Villeneuve Leopards 32–20 Spacers de Toulouse Toulouse 9,000
2001–2002 US Villeneuve 17–0 Union Treiziste Catalane Stade de la Mediterranee, Béziers 8,000
2002–2003 Villeneuve Leopards 31–18 RC Saint-Gaudens Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,000
2003–2004 RC Saint-Gaudens 14–10 Union Treiziste Catalane Perpignan 7,500
2004–2005 Union Treiziste Catalane 66–16 Toulouse Olympique Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 5,000
2005–2006 Pia XIII 21–18 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse 5,462
2006–2007 Pia XIII 20–16 FC Lézignan Stade Michel-Bendichou, Colomiers 7,882
2007–2008 Lézignan Sangliers 26–16 Pia XIII Stade de la Mediterranee, Béziers 9,550
2008–2009 Lézignan Sangliers 40–32 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne 11,263
2009–2010 Lézignan Sangliers 32–22 Pia XIII Altrad Stadium, Montpellier 6,612
2010–2011 Lézignan Sangliers 17–12 Limoux Grizzlies Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 11,874
2011–2012 AS Carcassonne 26–20 Pia XIII Stade des Sports Et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,980
2012–2013 Pia XIII 33–26 Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan 6,732
2013–2014 Toulouse Olympique 38–12 Lézignan Sangliers Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan 7,245
2014–2015 Toulouse Olympique 20–12 AS Carcassonne Stade Michel-Bendichou, Colomiers 5,800
2015-2016 Limoux Grizzlies 26-24 AS Carcassonne Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi 5,420

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Won title on points: no play-off was used
  2. Match abandoned after six minutes after the beginning due to fighting; no championship awarded.

Books[edit]

  • Le Rugby à XIII le plus français du monde −1934 to 1996– by Louis Bonnery,
  • the Forbidden game by Mike Rylance.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]