Lyon OU

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Lyon OU
Lyon Olympique Universitaire.svg
Full nameLyon Olympique Universitaire
Nickname(s)Les Loups (The Wolves)
Founded1896; 126 years ago (1896)
LocationLyon, France
Ground(s)Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 35,000)
PresidentYann Roubert
Coach(es)Xavier Garbajosa
League(s)Top 14
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
LOU Rugby against Stade Montois at the Vuillermet Stadium in Lyon, Pro D2 season 2004-2005

Lyon Olympique Universitaire or LOU is a French rugby union team based in Lyon that currently competes in the Top 14, the highest level of the country's professional league system, having been most recently promoted for the 2016–17 season after winning the 2015–16 title of the second-level Pro D2. The club has bounced between the top two levels in recent years, having also been promoted in 2011 and 2014 and relegated in 2012 and 2015.

They were founded in 1896 and play in red and black. In 2011, the team left the Stade Vuillermet to the new Matmut Stadium. In 2017 the team moved to the Matmut Stadium de Gerland.


Le LOU, as it is traditionally known, is one of the oldest sports clubs in France and among the first outside Paris to have set up a rugby section. The club’s original name was Racing Club, the result of a merger of the Racing Club de Vaise and the Rugby Club de Lyon. It was renamed Racing et Cercles Réunis in 1902 after several other clubs joined it, then a few months later Lyon Olympique. Finally, in 1910, it became Lyon Olympique Universitaire. The red and black were adopted in 1902.

The club developed several sections (it now has 13), one of the most successful being the rugby union section, which is now known as LOU Rugby. The rugby club took part in three successive French championship finals (1931–33), losing the first one to Toulon (3-6) but winning the next two against Narbonne (9-3 and 10-3). It then played in lower amateur leagues until it was promoted back to the second professional division (Pro D2). In 2006-07, it had the second biggest budget of the championship and its ambition was to rejoin the Top 14 in the next two years, under the leadership of their coach Christian Lanta, who formerly led Racing Club de France, Italian club Treviso and Agen. However, they would not succeed in their promotion quest until 2011. Since then, they have been a proverbial "yo-yo team", having been either relegated or promoted four times in the six seasons since their 2011 promotion.


Juniors: 2012 Cadets: 1984,2017

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
10 May 1931 RC Toulon Lyon OU 6-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 10,000
5 May 1932 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 9-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 13,000
7 May 1933 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 10-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 15,000

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1932 SU Agen round robin Lyon OU
1933 Lyon OU round robin SU Agen

European Challenge Cup Finals[edit]

Date Winner Score Runners-up Venue Spectators
27 May 2022 Lyon 30–12 Toulon Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 51,431

Current standings[edit]

2022–23 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 Toulouse 2 2 0 0 54 33 21 6 4 1 0 9
2 La Rochelle 2 2 0 0 49 43 6 4 4 0 0 8
3 Brive 2 1 0 1 44 37 7 6 4 1 1 6
4 Lyon 2 1 0 1 52 50 2 7 5 0 1 5
5 Montpellier 2 1 0 1 51 45 6 3 5 0 1 5
6 Bayonne 2 1 0 1 56 65 -9 6 8 0 0 4
7 Castres 2 1 0 1 49 45 4 4 5 0 0 4
8 Clermont 2 1 0 1 51 48 3 6 4 0 0 4
9 Stade Français 2 1 0 1 44 48 -4 4 5 0 0 4
10 Pau 2 1 0 1 40 47 -7 3 6 0 0 4
11 Racing 2 1 0 1 50 50 0 6 4 0 0 4
12 Toulon 2 1 0 1 48 53 -5 6 7 0 0 4
13 Bordeaux Bègles 2 0 0 2 44 55 -11 6 4 0 1 1
14 Perpignan 2 0 0 2 20 33 -13 2 4 0 1 1

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 2023–24 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 (rows 7 and 8) indicates teams outside the play-offs that also earn a place in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2023–24 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to 2023–24 Rugby Pro D2.

Final table — source: [1]

Current squad[edit]

The Lyon squad for the 2022–23 season is:[1]

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
Liam Coltman Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Guillaume Marchand Hooker France France
Demba Bamba Prop France France
Vivien Devisme Prop France France
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop Argentina Argentina
Hamza Kaabèche Prop France France
Jérôme Rey Prop France France
Paulo Tafili Prop France France
Sébastien Taofifénua Prop France France
Kilian Geraci Lock France France
Joel Kpoku Lock England England
Félix Lambey Lock France France
Temo Mayanavanua Lock Fiji Fiji
Romain Taofifénua Lock France France
Arno Botha Back row South Africa South Africa
Dylan Cretin Back row France France
Loann Goujon Back row France France
Maxime Gouzou Back row France France
Beka Saghinadze Back row Georgia (country) Georgia
Patrick Sobela Back row France France
Jordan Taufua Back row Samoa Samoa
Player Position Union
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half France France
Jean-Marc Doussain Scrum-half France France
Jonathan Pélissié Scrum-half France France
Léo Berdeu Fly-half France France
Lima Sopoaga Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Kyle Godwin Centre Australia Australia
Josiah Maraku Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Thibaut Regard Centre France France
Xavier Mignot Wing France France
Noa Nakaitaci Wing France France
Josua Tuisova Wing Fiji Fiji
Tavite Veredamu Wing France France
Toby Arnold Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
Davit Niniashvili Fullback Georgia (country) Georgia

Espoirs squad[edit]

The Lyon OU Espoirs squad 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
Yanis Charcosset Hooker France France
Julian Heaven Hooker Australia Australia
Etienne Narmand Hooker France France
Esteban Chouteau Prop France France
Romain Eliot Prop France France
Kimi Esse Prop France France
Thomas Lithaud Prop France France
Hugo N'Diaye Prop France France
Paito Tufele Prop France France
Fousseynou Cissokho Lock France France
Mickael Guillard Lock France France
Monty Leverstein Lock Netherlands Netherlands
Ugo Vignolles Lock France France
Shade Barkallah Back row France France
Romain Falcoz Back row France France
Ahmed Kane Back row Switzerland Switzerland
Marvin Okuya Back row France France
Théo William Back row France France
Player Position Union
Liam Rimet Scrum-half France France
Ethan Dumortier Centre France France
Arthur Mathiron Centre France France
Alfred Parisien Centre France France
Léo Promeneur Centre France France
Nathan Farissier Wing France France
Ethan Clusel Fullback France France
Alexandre Tchaptchet Fullback France France

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "L'équipe du LOU Rugby, club de rugby de LYON". LOU Rugby (in French). Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Equipe & Staff". Lyon OU. Retrieved 7 November 2021.

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