Section Paloise

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Pau
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Full nameSection Paloise Béarn Pyrénées
Founded1902; 117 years ago (1902)
LocationPau, France
Ground(s)Stade du Hameau (Capacity: 18,324)
PresidentBernard Pontneau
Coach(es)Simon Mannix
League(s)Top 14
2017–188th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.section-paloise.com

Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées (pronounced [sɛksjɔ̃ palwaz beaʁn piʁene]), commonly called Pau [po], is a French rugby union club from Pau in Pyrénées-Atlantiques competing in Top 14, the highest level of the French league system. They most recently earned promotion by winning the championship of the second-level Rugby Pro D2 in 2015, nine years after having been relegated from the top flight.[1]

History[edit]

They were founded in 1902 as Section Paloise de la Ligue Girondine before adopting their current name in 1905, which refers to the ancient region of Béarn and to the Pyrenees mountains. Section Paloise first joined the French first division in 1911, and were crowned champions for the first time in 1928. "La Section" have won the French Championship on three occasions, the last being in 1964. They have, however, reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and Top 14 as recently as 1998 and 2000, respectively. Section Paloise also added to their trophy case in 2000, winning the European Challenge Cup. At the end of the 2004–05 season, "La Section" survived a play-off game with Aurillac to remain in the Top 16. However, they were relegated the following season, and would remain in Pro D2 until earning promotion for the 2015–16 season. The club colors are green and white and their home ground is the Stade du Hameau (capacity 18,324). They are sponsored by French petroleum company Total.

Recent France internationals Imanol Harinordoquy, Damien Traille, and Lionel Beauxis began their professional club careers with Section Paloise.

Club honours[edit]

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
6 May 1928 Section Paloise US Quillan 6-4 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20.000
24 March 1946 Section Paloise FC Lourdes 11-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 30.000
24 May 1964 Section Paloise AS Béziers 14-0 Stade Municipal, Toulouse 27.797

Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2000 Section Paloise Castres Olympique 34-21 Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse 6.000
21 May 2005 Sale Sharks Section Paloise 27-3 Kassam Stadium, Oxford 7.230

Pro D2 promotion playoffs[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2012 Stade Montois Section Paloise 29–20 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 23,928

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 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 Toulouse 25 20 2 3 773 499 274 95 56 8 1 93
2 Clermont 25 16 3 6 794 500 294 89 46 9 3 82
3 Lyon 25 16 1 8 659 502 157 69 53 7 1 74
4 Racing 25 14 1 10 708 560 148 89 55 7 4 69
5 Castres 25 15 0 10 492 474 18 46 43 3 5 68
6 Montpellier 25 13 1 11 631 519 112 79 52 6 6 66
7 La Rochelle 25 15 0 10 638 604 34 77 64 5 1 66
8 Stade Français 25 13 0 12 552 562 -10 54 59 4 4 60
9 Bordeaux Bègles 25 12 1 12 601 630 -29 63 72 4 3 57
10 Toulon 25 11 0 14 547 526 21 66 54 6 3 53
11 Pau 25 9 0 16 484 725 -241 48 86 2 5 43
12 Agen 25 8 1 16 428 619 -191 38 73 0 4 38
13 Grenoble 25 5 2 18 421 667 -246 29 79 0 4 28
14 Perpignan (R) 25 2 0 23 426 767 -341 40 90 0 4 12

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 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 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 — source: [1]

Current squad[edit]

The Pau squad for the 2018–19 season is:[2]

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
Laurent Bouchet Hooker France France
Quentin Lespiaucq Hooker France France
Lourens Adriaanse Prop South Africa South Africa
Thomas Domingo Prop France France
Malik Hamadache Prop France France
Jamie Mackintosh Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Geoffrey Moïse Prop Portugal Portugal
Julien Delannoy Lock France France
Dave Foley Lock Ireland Ireland
Dan Malafosse Lock France France
Fabrice Metz Lock France France
Daniel Ramsay Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Steffon Armitage Back row England England
Patrick Butler Back row Ireland Ireland
Sean Dougall Back row Ireland Ireland
Antoine Erbani Back row France France
Pierrick Gunther Back row France France
Ben Mowen Back row Australia Australia
Martin Puech Back row France France
Peter Saili Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Julien Blanc Scrum-half France France
Thibault Daubagna Scrum-half France France
Colin Slade Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Julien Fumat Centre France France
Florian Nicot Centre France France
Atila Septar Centre France France
Benson Stanley Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Jale Vatubua Centre Fiji Fiji
Frank Halai Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Adrien Planté Wing France France
Bastien Pourailly Wing France France
Watisoni Votu Wing Fiji Fiji
Charly Malié Fullback Spain Spain
Jesse Mogg Fullback Australia Australia
Tom Taylor Fullback New Zealand New Zealand

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRO D2, J27 - Pau – Montauban : la Section retrouve l'élite" (Press release). Ligue nationale de rugby. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Effectif". Section Paloise (in French). Retrieved 28 January 2019.

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