Lyon OU

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Lyon OU
Lyon Olympique Universitaire.svg
Full nameLyon Olympique Universitaire
Nickname(s)Les Loups (The Wolves)
Founded1896; 123 years ago (1896)
LocationLyon, France
Ground(s)Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 25,000)
PresidentYvan Patet
Coach(es)Matthieu Lazerges
Raphaël Saint-André
League(s)Top 14
2017–185th (playoff semi-finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.lourugby.fr
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.

History[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

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

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 Toulouse 16 12 2 2 438 305 133 54 35 5 1 58
2 Clermont 16 11 2 3 519 291 228 59 27 6 2 56
3 La Rochelle 16 12 0 4 404 360 44 50 36 3 0 51
4 Lyon 16 10 1 5 410 293 117 44 32 5 1 48
5 Bordeaux Bègles 16 9 1 6 385 345 40 39 35 3 2 43
6 Stade Français 16 9 0 7 353 329 24 35 35 3 3 42
7 Racing 16 9 0 7 411 359 52 53 35 3 2 41
8 Castres 16 9 0 7 312 335 -23 29 33 2 3 41
9 Montpellier 16 6 1 9 376 360 16 44 37 2 5 33
10 Pau 16 6 0 10 315 411 -96 30 46 1 4 29
11 Toulon 16 6 0 10 293 354 -61 34 37 3 1 28
13 Agen 16 4 1 11 256 443 -187 22 54 0 3 21
13 Grenoble 16 3 2 11 280 379 -99 19 44 0 4 20
14 Perpignan 16 1 0 15 276 464 -188 25 51 0 4 8

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 Lyon squad for the 2018–19 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
Mickaël Ivaldi Hooker France France
Virgile Lacombe Hooker France France
Jérémie Maurouard Hooker France France
Benjamin Moirod Hooker France France
Badri Alkhazashvili Hooker Georgia (country) Georgia
Albertus Buckle Prop South Africa South Africa
Raphaël Chaume Prop France France
Richard Choirat Prop France France
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop Argentina Argentina
Hamza Kaabèche Prop France France
Alexandre Menini Prop France France
Clément Ric Prop France France
Kévin Yameogo Prop France France
Sami Zouhair Prop France France
Manuel Carizza Lock Argentina Argentina
Félix Lambey Lock France France
Etienne Oosthuizen Lock South Africa South Africa
Martial Rolland Lock France France
Hendrik Roodt Lock South Africa South Africa
François van der Merwe Lock South Africa South Africa
Virgile Bruni Back row France France
Dylan Cretin Back row France France
Carl Fearns Back row England England
Liam Gill Back row Australia Australia
Loann Goujon Back row France France
Tanginoa Halaifonua Back row Tonga Tonga
Julien Puricelli Back row France France
Patrick Sobela Back row France France
Player Position Union
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half France France
Quentin Delord Scrum-half France France
Jonathan Pélissié Scrum-half France France
Lionel Beauxis Fly-half France France
Jean-Marc Doussain Fly-half France France
Jonathan Wisniewski Fly-half France France
Pierre-Louis Barassi Centre France France
Noa Nakaitaci Centre France France
Charlie Ngatai Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Thibaut Regard Centre France France
Adrien Seguret Centre France France
Rudi Wulf Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Toby Arnold Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Xavier Mignot Wing France France
Alexis Palisson Wing France France
Jone Tuva Wing Fiji Fiji
Delon Armitage Fullback England England
Jean-Marcellin Buttin Fullback France France
Quentin Gobet Fullback France France

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'équipe du LOU Rugby, club de rugby de LYON". LOU Rugby (in French). Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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