|Full name||Lyon Olympique Universitaire|
|Nickname(s)||Les Loups (The Wolves)|
|Ground(s)||Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 25,000)|
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.
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.
- Champion de France:
- Champions 1932, 1933
- Runners-up: 1931
- Rugby Pro D2:
- Challenge Yves du Manoir:
- Champions: 1933
- Fédérale 1:
- Champions: 2002
- Deuxième Division:
- Champions: 1989, 1992
|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
|1932||SU Agen||round robin||Lyon OU|
|1933||Lyon OU||round robin||SU Agen|
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Diff.||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
|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
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- "L'équipe du LOU Rugby, club de rugby de LYON". LOU Rugby (in French). Retrieved 4 September 2017.