Lyon OU

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Lyon OU
Lyon Olympique Universitaire.svg
Full name Lyon Olympique Universitaire
Nickname(s) Les Loups (The Wolves)
Founded 1896; 121 years ago (1896)
Location Lyon, France
Ground(s) Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 41,842)
President Yvan Patet
Coach(es) Matthieu Lazerges
Raphaël Saint-André
League(s) Top 14
2015–16 Rugby Pro D2, 1st (promoted)
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 that currently competes in the Top 14, the highest level of the country's professional league system, in 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. They are based in Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and play at the Matmut Stadium in Lyon, having moved from the Stade Vuillermet in 2011.

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 in all but one season.

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]

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 20 13 3 4 541 367 +174 51 30 5 3 66
2 Clermont 20 11 3 6 578 432 +146 60 45 6 2 58
3 Montpellier 20 12 0 8 492 431 +61 45 37 4 3 55
4 Pau 20 11 1 8 486 469 +17 44 41 2 4 52
5 Castres 20 11 1 8 505 398 +107 47 30 3 2 51
6 Toulon 20 10 1 9 526 409 +117 54 39 5 4 51
7 Racing 20 10 1 9 467 451 +16 49 40 3 0 45
8 Bordeaux 20 9 1 10 469 463 +6 41 41 2 4 44
9 Brive 20 10 1 9 427 471 –44 27 42 0 2 44
10 Toulouse 20 9 0 11 406 408 –2 37 29 2 5 43
11 Lyon 20 8 2 10 408 466 –58 33 38 2 3 41
12 Stade Français 20 8 1 11 480 512 –32 46 46 3 3 40
13 Grenoble 20 5 0 15 447 632 –185 41 59 1 6 27
14 Bayonne 20 4 3 13 342 665 –323 26 75 0 0 22

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]

For player movements leading up to the 2017–18 season, see List of 2017–18 Top 14 transfers § Lyon.

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
Mickael Ivaldi Hooker France France
Cameron Mapusua Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Ti’i Paulo Hooker Samoa Samoa
David Attoub Prop France France
Albertus Buckle Prop South Africa South Africa
Stéphane Clément Prop France France
Francisco Gomez Kodela Prop Argentina Argentina
Sami Mavinga Prop France France
Alexandre Menini Prop France France
Zaza Navrozashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Franck Romanet Prop France France
Josh Bekhuis Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Julien Goux Lock France France
Felix Lambey Lock France France
Christian Njewel Lock Cameroon Cameroon
Maselino Paulino Lock Samoa Samoa
Thibaut Privat Lock France France
Virgile Bruni Flanker France France
Curtis Browning Flanker Australia Australia
Carl Fearns Flanker England England
Dean Fourie Flanker South Africa South Africa
Giorgi Javakhia Flanker Georgia (country) Georgia
Julien Puricelli Flanker France France
Julien Bonnaire Number 8 France France
Taiasina Tuifu'a Number 8 Samoa Samoa
Player Position Union
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half France France
Nicolas Durand Scrum-half France France
Agustin Figuerola Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Mike Harris Fly-half Australia Australia
Frédéric Michalak Fly-half France France
Jacques-Louis Potgieter Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Theo Belan Centre France France
Paul Bonnefond Centre France France
Hemani Paea Centre Tonga Tonga
Thibault Regard Centre France France
Rudi Wulf Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Toby Arnold Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Henry Clunies-Ross Wing Australia Australia
Nisle Huyard Wing France France
Napolioni Nalaga Wing Fiji Fiji
Franck Romanet Wing France France
Delon Armitage Fullback England England
Romain Loursac Fullback France France
Jerome Porical Fullback France France

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