Rugby Pro D2

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Rugby Pro D2
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 Rugby Pro D2 season
Logo ProD2 2012.png
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
No. of teams 16
Country  France
Most recent
champion(s)
Lyon
Promotion to Top 14
Relegation to Fédérale 1

Rugby Pro D2, also known as Pro D2 is the second division of domestic club rugby union in France. Rugby Pro D2 is directly below the first division, Top 14. Pro D2 was introduced in 2000.

There is relegation and promotion between both the Top 14 and Fédérale 1, the third-level competition. The top club at the end of the season is automatically promoted to the Top 14; the 2nd through 5th place teams play each other for the second promotion place. The bottom two are automatically relegated to Fédérale 1. The bottom two clubs of the Top 14 and the top two of Fédérale 1 then enter the Rugby Pro D2 for the next season.

There are 30 rounds in the regular season, with each team playing each other team home and away. The two halves of the season are played in the same order, with the away team in the first half of the season at home in the second half. The semi-finals and final take place in May, with the second- and third-place teams hosting the semi-finals and the final taking place at a predetermined site. At present, 16 clubs compete in the competition.

All promotions are contingent on passing a postseason financial audit required for all clubs. Also, if a club above the bottom two places fails the audit, it may be relegated in the place of a club that would otherwise have been relegated. This was especially an issue in the 2015–16 season, when four clubs faced at least the prospect of relegation for financial reasons. During the season, Tarbes were dropped to Fédérale 1 effective with the 2016–17 season, and Biarritz, Bourgoin and Narbonne were also dropped at the end of the season, pending appeals.[1] Ultimately, Biarritz, Bourgoin, and Narbonne all won their appeals and remained in Pro D2.[2][3]

Current teams[edit]

2016–17 season

Club City Stadium
SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie
SC Albi Albi (Tarn) Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Stade Aurillacois Aurillac (Cantal) Stade Jean Alric
AS Béziers Hérault Béziers (Hérault) Stade de la Méditerranée
Biarritz Olympique Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Parc des Sports Aguiléra
CS Bourgoin-Jallieu Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère) Stade Pierre Rajon
US Carcassonne Carcassonne (Aude) Stade Albert Domec
Colomiers Rugby Colomiers (Haute-Garonne) Stade Michel Bendichou
US Dax Dax (Landes) Stade Maurice Boyau
Stade Montois Mont-de-Marsan (Landes) Stade Guy Boniface
US Montauban Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne) Stade Sapiac
RC Narbonne Narbonne (Aude) Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié
Oyonnax Rugby Oyonnax (Ain) Stade Charles-Mathon
USA Perpignan Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales) Stade Aimé Giral
Soyaux Angoulême XV Charente Angoulême (Charente) Stade Chanzy
RC Vannes Vannes (Morbihan) Stade de la Rabine
Pro D2 logo used through the 2011–12 season.

Changes in the lineup from 2015–16 were:

  • Lyon won the 2015–16 Pro D2 title and were thereby automatically promoted to the Top 14. Bayonne won the promotion playoffs to secure the second promotion place.
  • The bottom finisher in 2015–16, Provence, was relegated from Pro D2 to Fédérale 1. For the second straight season, Dax was the second-from-bottom team, but was spared relegation due to the financial troubles of another club. This time, Tarbes was administratively relegated from Pro D2 to Fédérale 1.[1]
  • The two bottom finishers in the 2015–16 Top 14 season, Agen and Oyonnax, were relegated to Pro D2.
  • The two winners of the Fédérale 1 promotion playoffs, Soyaux Angoulême and Vannes, earned promotion.

Table[edit]

2015–16 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 30 25 0 5 971 493 +478 13 4 117
2 Bayonne 30 19 1 10 658 602 +56 4 4 86
3 Aurillac 30 18 0 12 724 613 +111 6 3 81
4 Mont De Marsan 30 17 1 12 655 611 +44 5 3 78
5 Colomiers 30 16 3 11 629 590 +39 4 4 78
6 Béziers 30 17 1 12 745 662 +83 4 3 77
7 Perpignan 30 15 1 14 676 615 +61 5 6 73
8 Biarritz 30 14 0 16 674 656 +18 3 5 64
9 Bourgoin 30 12 0 18 595 642 −47 5 9 62
10 Albi 30 13 5 15 591 643 −52 2 4 62
11 Narbonne 30 13 0 17 602 653 –51 2 6 60
12 Montauban 30 12 0 18 570 624 -54 1 9 58
13 Tarbes 30 13 0 17 543 630 –87 0 9 53
14 Carcassonne 30 11 0 19 484 741 −257 0 5 49
15 Dax 30 10 1 19 538 713 −175 1 5 48
16 Provence Rugby 30 10 0 20 549 716 −167 1 5 46
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14.
Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

Note: When two teams have the same points total, position is calculated by results between teams before points difference.
Note: Tarbes had 8 points deducted and were automatically relegated at the end of the season.

Previous seasons[edit]

Season Champion Play-off winner
2015–16 Lyon Bayonne
2014–15 Pau Agen
2013–14 Lyon La Rochelle
2012–13 Oyonnax Brive
2011–12 Grenoble Mont-de-Marsan
2010–11 Lyon Bordeaux Bègles
2009–10 Agen La Rochelle
2008–09 Racing Métro Albi
2007–08 Toulon Mont-de-Marsan
2006–07 Auch Dax
2005–06 Montauban Albi
Runner-up
2004–05 Toulon Only one promotion as the Top16 became Top14.
2003–04 Auch Bayonne
Lost the play-off final to Auch
2002–03 Montpellier Brive
2001–02 Mont-de-Marsan Grenoble
2000–01 Montauban Only one promotion as the top division reduced from 21 to 16 teams.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mortimer, Gavin (1 June 2016). "Financial penalties in the ProD2 send shockwaves around French rugby". Rugby World. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Biarritz et Narbonne Maintenus en PRO D2" [Biarritz and Narbonne Remain in Pro D2] (Press release) (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bourgoin Reste en PRO D2" [Bourgoin Remains in Pro D2] (Press release) (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 

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