RC Lescure-Arthes XIII

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RC Lescure-Arthès XIII
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Club information
Full name Racing Club Lescure-Arthès XIII
Nickname(s) The Minotaurs
Website Website
Founded 1964
Current details
Chairman Pascal Assie
Coach Patrick Limongi
Captain Emmanuel Canac
Competition Elite Two Championship
2015/16 1st
Home colours
Away colours

Racing Club Lescure-Arthès XIII are a French Rugby League club based in Lescure-d'Albigeois, Tarn in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The club plays in the French Elite Two Championship. Founded in 1964 as a youth side, their home ground is the Stade Jean Vidal and their current coach is Patrick Limongi


Racing Club Lescure XIII as they were originally called were founded in 1964 by school teacher Jean Carayon as a youth team. Helped by fellow teachers Pierre Lapeyre and Henri Papailhau the team used to train and play anywhere they could until the Stade Jean Vidal was secured and became their base. In 1974 it was decided to start a senior team but with their ground not up to league standard they played their first season at the Stade Mazicou in nearby Albi. During the debut season work on their own ground got under way, the old wooden stand was replaced along with new changing rooms, floodlights installed and a new clubhouse built, so that the following season the first team could play at the Stade Jean Vidal. In 1983 the club reached their first final but lost the Federal Championship to Le Soler 0-47. Apart from two cup wins in the amateur Coupe Falcou in 1986 and 1991 all the National 2 finals they reached they lost. In 1988 it was Cahors XIII who beat them 17-6 and for three consecutive seasons during the mid 90s there were defeats against Toulouse Jules-Julien 8-12 in 1994, Gifi Bias XIII 12-34 in 1995 and Le Barcares XIII 15-20 in 1996. It was during this era though that the youth team completed a league and cup double in 1980 and in 1988 the club broadened its horizons by changing its name to include the nearby town of Arthes thus becoming RC Lescure-Arthes XIII. In 2002 a ladies and girls teams were started and the senior men's team due to the expansion and reorganisation of the French leagues found themselves by 2010 in the 2nd tier Elite Two Championship and by the end of season 2010-11 they'd won promotion to the top flight by beating RC Baho XIII 12-0 in the final. Their stay in the Elite One Championship lasted two seasons in which they finished bottom in both. The bridesmaid tag returned on their return to the 2nd tier, runner-up in 2015 to RC Albi 14-21 and in 2016 to La Reole XIII 16-20. Below the first team the 'u15' were crowned champions of France and the women's team reached the league semi-finals to record their best ever season.[1]


The Stade Jean Vidal previously called the Stade de Lescure d'Albigeios has been the clubs regular home ground, apart from their debut season when they played at the Stade Mazicou in Albi. A multi-use complex which hosts rugby league, football and athletics. Jean Vidal was a local miner and trade union rep born in nearby Albi.

2015/16 Squad[edit]

No Player Nation Position - No Player Nation Position
1 Remi Branilovic France FB - 15 Fabien Rigal France WG
2 Damien Bibal France WG - 16 Paul Molinier France PR
3 Romain Neuville France CE - 17 Benedict Loubiere France HK
4 Thibault Cousinie France CE, SO - 18 Thomas Mohan England SO
5 Kyle Flies France WG, FB - 19 Jerome Huchede France PR
6 Thomas Limongi France SO - 20 Yvan Fontes France SR
7 Julien Cance France SH - 21 Roman Vigroux France SH
8 Emmanuel Canac France PR, (Capt) - 22 Fabian Bernard France
9 Martyn Smith England HK, FB - 23 Adrien Boyer France
10 Roman L'Houmeaud France PR - 24 Maxime Mongeot France
11 Jack Molloy England SR - 25 Clement Salacroup France SR
12 Gaeten Estruga France SR, PR - 26 Jerome Fabre France SR, LF
13 Philippe Harrell France LF - 27 Damien Fabre France
14 Clement Sachan France SR - 28 Damien Fedou France CE



  • Elite Two (1): 2010-11
  • Coupe Falcou (2): 1986, 1991


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