SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne

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SU Agen
Su agen badge.png
Full name Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne
Founded 1908; 108 years ago (1908)
Location Agen, France
Ground(s) Stade Armandie (Capacity: 14,000)
President Alain Tingaud
Coach(es) Christophe Deylaud
Christian Lanta
Captain(s) Adri Badenhorst
League(s) Top 14
2014–15 4th, Pro D2; promotion playoff winner
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.agen-rugby.com

Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne (commonly referred to as simply Agen) is a French rugby union club based in Agen in the department of Lot-et-Garonne. They currently play in the top flight of French professional rugby, Top 14; they were most recently promoted after winning the 2015 promotion playoffs in the second-level Pro D2. Agen also currently compete in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

They were founded in 1908. Their home stadium is called Stade Armandie (capacity 12,000). They wear blue and white in domestic competitions. For the season 2006–07 they wore orange for European cup matches.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1900. They made their first championship final in the 1930 season, where they met US Quillan, and defeated them 4 points to nil in Bordeaux, and thus capturing their first championship title. The club experienced some success in the coming years in the Challenge Yves du Manoir competition as well; winning it in the 1932 season and then becoming runners-up to Lyon OU in the 1933 season.

Agen would have another successful run in the 1940s, beginning with the 1943 season when they defeated Stade Bordelais 11 to 4 to win the Coupe de France. That season they also made it to the championship final; though they were defeated by Aviron Bayonnais 3 points to nil at Parc des Princes in Paris.

In 1945 they again won the title of the French championship, defeating FC Lourdes 7 points to 3 in the final in Paris. The championship was one of two titles that season, as Agen also won the Coupe de France, defeating Montferrand 14 to 13. Agen featured in one more championship that decade, losing to Toulouse 10 points to 3.

Agen were relatively quiet during the 1950s, though they again rose to prominence during the 1960s. In 1962 they again became of the champions of France after defeating Béziers 14 points to 11 in the season final. The following season they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating Brive 11 points to nil in the final. Agen became the French champions on two more occasions during the 1960s, defeating Brive in 1965 and then Dax in 1966.

The club had another successful run during the 1970s, starting with an unsuccessful Challenge Yves du Manoir final, losing to Toulon 25 points to 22. They were unsuccessful again in 1975 in the Challenge Yves du Manoir, losing to Béziers 16 points to 12 in the final. However they would then meet Béziers in the championship final of the 1976 season, and defeat them 13 to 10 to win their first championship since 1966.

Agen went through period of success in the 1980s after winning the championship in 1982, defeating Aviron Bayonnais 18 points to 9 in the final. The following season they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir as well after defeating Toulon 29 points to 7. In 1984 they again contested the championship final, though they eventually lost it to Béziers. They unsuccessfully contested it again in 1986, losing to Toulouse 16 to 6. They were also runners-up in the 1987 Challenge Yves du Manoir, losing to Grenoble. However, in 1988 they again won the championship, defeating Stadoceste Tarbais 9 to 3 in the final.

They contested the final again in the 1990 season, losing to Racing Club de France 22 points to 12. In 1992 they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating RC Narbonne 23 to 18.

Professional era[edit]

In 1998 they played in their first European cup final, the European Challenge Cup, losing to fellow French team US Colomiers 43 to 5 in the final. On June 8, 2002 they lost to Biarritz Olympique in the championship final.

In recent years, one of their biggest stars has been Fijian winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca. He led the team in tries in 2005 and 2006, and led Pro D2 in that category during Agen's most recent promotion season in 2010. However, he would be dismissed from the team in September 2010 after failing to report to the team for preseason workouts (several weeks later, he would reemerge at Toulouse).

Honours[edit]

Finals results[edit]

Finals results[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
18 May 1930 SU Agen US Quillan 4-0 (aet) Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 28.000
21 March 1943 Aviron Bayonnais SU Agen 3-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 28.000
7 April 1945 SU Agen FC Lourdes 7-3 Parc des Princes, Paris 30.000
13 April 1947 Stade Toulousain SU Agen 10-3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25.000
27 May 1962 SU Agen AS Béziers 14-11 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37.705
23 May 1965 SU Agen CA Brive 15-8 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 28.758
22 May 1966 SU Agen US Dax 9-8 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 28.803
23 May 1976 SU Agen AS Béziers 13-10 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 40.300
29 May 1982 SU Agen Aviron Bayonnais 18-9 Parc des Princes, Paris 41.165
26 May 1984 AS Béziers SU Agen 21-21 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 44.076
24 May 1986 Stade Toulousain SU Agen 16-6 Parc des Princes, Paris 45.145
28 May 1988 SU Agen Stadoceste Tarbais 9-3 Parc des Princes, Paris 48.000
26 May 1990 Racing Club de France SU Agen 22-12 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 45.069
8 June 2002 Biarritz Olympique SU Agen 25-22 (aet) Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78.457

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1932 SU Agen round robin Lyon OU
1933 Lyon OU round robin SU Agen
1963 SU Agen 11-0 CA Brive
1970 RC Toulon 25-22 SU Agen
1975 AS Béziers 16-12 SU Agen
1983 SU Agen 29-7 Toulon
1987 FC Grenoble 26-7 SU Agen
1992 SU Agen 23-18 RC Narbonne

Coupe de France[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1943 SU Agen 11-4 Stade Bordelais
1945 SU Agen 14-13 AS Montferrand

European Shield[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
1998 US Colomiers SU Agen 43-5 Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse 12.500

Pro D2 promotion playoffs[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
2014 Stade Rochelais SU Agen 31–22 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 33,262
2015 SU Agen Stade Montois 16–15 Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse

Current standings[edit]

2015–16 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 Clermont (SF) 26 18 1 7 735 431 +304 77 33 10 4 88
2 Toulon (RU) 26 16 0 10 764 446 +318 90 37 11 7 82
3 Montpellier (SF) 26 18 0 8 723 569 +154 77 50 7 2 81
4 Racing (CH) 26 18 1 7 614 522 +92 63 46 5 2 81
5 Toulouse (QF) 26 16 2 8 680 393 +287 80 35 7 4 79
6 Castres (QF) 26 15 0 11 650 496 +154 68 36 6 5 71
7 Bordeaux (CC) 26 14 2 10 552 503 +49 44 44 3 4 67
8 Brive 26 13 1 12 540 545 −5 43 51 4 4 62
9 La Rochelle 26 11 0 15 553 656 −103 51 65 4 6 54
10 Grenoble 26 10 0 16 605 779 −174 60 91 4 3 47
11 Pau 26 10 1 15 420 675 −255 30 75 2 2 46
12 Stade Français 26 9 0 17 543 631 −88 50 62 2 3 41
13 Agen (R) 26 5 0 21 531 846 −315 50 94 1 5 26
14 Oyonnax (R) 26 5 0 21 429 847 −418 41 96 2 2 24

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 2016–17 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) receive a berth for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup, as 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup winners Montpellier have qualified via their league position.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 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 2016–17 season, see List of 2016–17 Top 14 transfers § Agen.

The Agen squad for the 2016–17 Pro D2 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
Marc Barthomeuf Hooker France France
Mike Tadjer Hooker Portugal Portugal
Vakhtang Akhobadze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Arthur Joly Prop France France
Arsène N'Nomo Prop Cameroon Cameroon
Dave Ryan Prop Ireland Ireland
Giorgi Tetrashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Corentin Braendlin Lock France France
William Demotte Lock France France
Marco Kotze Lock South Africa South Africa
Tom Murday Lock Australia Australia
Api Ratuniyarawa Lock Fiji Fiji
Jese Cirikisuva Flanker Fiji Fiji
Antoine Erbani Flanker France France
Sione Tau Flanker Tonga Tonga
Marc Baget Number 8 France France
Rémi Vaquin Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Clément Darbo Scrum-half France France
Burton Francis Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Lionel Mazars Centre France France
Tamaz Mchedlidze Centre Georgia (country) Georgia
Johann Sadie Centre South Africa South Africa
Filipo Nakosi Wing Fiji Fiji
Taylor Paris Wing Canada Canada
George Tilsley Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Florian Denos Fullback France France
Mathieu Lamoulie Fullback France France

Academy squad[edit]

In addition, the Agen Academy players (with espoir or training contracts) are:[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
Quentin Béthune Prop France France
Georgi Margvelani Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Florian Dufour Hooker France France
Denis Marchois Lock France France
Cédric Thouchkaieff Lock France France
Félicien Vergnon Lock France France
Léo Ghirard Flanker France France
Jessy Jegerlehner Flanker France France
Antoine Miquel Flanker France France
Pio Muarua Flanker Fiji Fiji
Player Position Union
Paul Abadie Scrum-half France France
Baptiste Cadiou Scrum-half France France
Florian Lanave Scrum-half France France
Francois Bouvier Fly-half France France
Jules Soulan Fly-half France France
Alban Conduché Centre France France
Nathan Decron Centre France France
Julien Hériteau Centre France France
Jason Deschamps Wing France France
Pierre Fouyssac Wing France France
François Tardieu Wing France France
Valentin Saurs Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "L'agenda de l'été du SUA LG" (PDF). Agen (in French). 16 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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