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: 25,000)
President Yvan Patet
Coach(es) Matthieu Lazerges
Raphaël Saint-André
League(s) Top 14
2016–17 10th
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 de Gerland in Lyon, having moved from the Matmut Stadium in 2017.

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]

2017–18 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 Lyon 7 6 0 1 193 109 +84 22 8 3 0 27
2 Montpellier 7 5 0 2 241 155 +86 32 15 4 0 24
3 Toulouse 7 5 1 1 195 126 +69 21 10 1 1 24
4 La Rochelle 7 5 0 2 207 127 +80 26 12 2 0 22
5 Bordeaux 7 5 0 2 211 170 +41 19 19 2 0 22
6 Toulon 7 4 0 3 169 159 +10 16 17 1 2 19
7 Pau 7 4 0 3 153 146 +7 14 15 0 2 18
8 Racing 7 3 0 4 141 122 +19 16 10 1 3 16
9 Clermont 7 3 0 4 192 183 +9 21 18 1 0 13
10 Stade Français 7 3 0 4 149 194 –45 14 22 0 1 13
11 Castres 7 2 0 5 147 175 –28 14 16 1 3 12
12 Oyonnax 7 1 1 5 91 210 –119 5 22 0 1 7
13 Agen 7 1 0 6 97 174 –77 9 20 0 2 6
14 Brive 7 1 0 6 92 233 –141 6 30 0 1 5

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 2018–19 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 2018–19 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

Current squad[edit]

The Lyon squad for the 2017–18 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
Deon Fourie Hooker South Africa South Africa
Mickaël Ivaldi Hooker France France
Virgile Lacombe Hooker France France
Enzo Pakihivatau Hooker France France
David Attoub Prop France France
Albertus Buckle Prop South Africa South Africa
Richard Choirat Prop France France
Stéphane Clément Prop France France
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop Argentina Argentina
Hamza Kaabèche Prop France France
Tornike Mataradze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Alexandre Menini Prop France France
Guram Papidze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Clément Ric Prop France France
Josh Bekhuis Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Félix Lambey Lock France France
Etienne Oosthuizen Lock South Africa South Africa
Hendrik Roodt Lock South Africa South Africa
François van der Merwe Lock South Africa South Africa
Andrés Zafra Lock Colombia Colombia
Virgile Bruni Flanker France France
Théophile Cotte Flanker France France
Dylan Cretin Flanker France France
Liam Gill Flanker Australia Australia
Julien Puricelli Flanker France France
Carl Fearns Number 8 England England
Tanginoa Halaifonua Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Taiasina Tuifu'a Number 8 Samoa Samoa
Player Position Union
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half France France
Jonathan Pélissié Scrum-half France France
Quentin Delord Scrum-half France France
Lionel Beauxis Fly-half France France
Léo Berdeu Fly-half France France
Piero Dominguez Fly-half Italy Italy
Mike Harris Fly-half Australia Australia
Frédéric Michalak Fly-half France France
Pierre-Louis Barassi Centre France France
Théo Belan Centre France France
Hemani Paea Centre Tonga Tonga
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
Timilai Rokoduru Wing Fiji Fiji
Jone Tuva Wing Fiji Fiji
Delon Armitage Fullback England England
Jean-Marcellin Buttin Fullback France France

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'équipe du LOU Rugby, club de rugby de LYON". LOU Rugby (in French). Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

External links[edit]