US Montauban

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US Montauban
Us montauban.png
Full name Union Sportive Montalbanaise
Union Fédération Française de Rugby
Founded 1903
Location Montauban, France
Ground(s) Stade Sapiac (Capacity: 11,500)
President Robert Gomes
Coach(es) Sébastien Calvet
League(s) Pro D2
2013–14 Champion of Fédérale 1, promoted
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.mtgxv.com

US Montauban is a French rugby union club that currently competes in Rugby Pro D2, the second level of the country's professional league system. They have also competed at the top level, Top 14, in the past, most recently between 2007 and 2010. The club is based in Montauban in the département of Tarn-et-Garonne in Midi-Pyrénées.

In April 2010, it was announced the club would be relegated from the Top 14 to the Rugby Pro D2 at the end of the 2009/2010 season after breaking budget rules for the league. Although the club appealed the ruling it started to release players to reduce its budget.[1] The club was not in the relegation zone at the time, thereby saving CS Bourgoin-Jallieu, Aviron Bayonnais and Montpellier Hérault RC a nervous run in as they were in the relegation battle with Montauban. On the 26 April 2010, the club filed for bankruptcy at a commercial court following a meeting of the club's board of directors.[2]

On 24 May 2014, it was announced that they had won promotion back to Pro D2 for the 2014–15 season as a result of winning the Fédérale 1 semi-final 35 – 12 against Lille Métropole Rugby.[3] They went on to win the Fédérale 1 title, defeating Massy 18–14 in the final [4]

History[edit]

The club was established in 1903. The club made its first championship appearance in the 1967 season, when it captured its first championship title, defeating CA Bègles 11 points to 3 in Bordeaux. It gained promotion from Pro D2 for the 2006-07 season.

In its first match of the 2006-07 season, Montauban defeated Narbonne 41-20, gaining five points (including a bonus point) to go to second in the table after round one. The team continued in surprisingly strong form for a newly promoted team, notably handing early runaway league leaders Stade Français their first defeat of the season, 15-9, in Round 10 on 6 October. Montauban ended the season in seventh place, a respectable position for a newly promoted team. The 2007-08 season saw it consolidate its Top 14 position, again finishing seventh. Because Toulouse advanced to the final of the that year's Heineken Cup, which was farther than any team from England or Italy, Montauban was given a place in the 2008-09 Heineken Cup, pooled with champions Munster.

Current standings[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 7 6 0 1 211 124 +87 2 1 27
2 Aurillac 7 5 0 2 231 161 +70 3 1 24
3 Bayonne 7 5 0 2 184 163 +21 1 1 22
4 Perpignan 7 5 0 2 170 120 +50 0 2 22
5 Albi 7 4 0 3 139 138 +1 1 1 18
6 Béziers 7 4 0 3 187 161 +26 0 1 17
7 Colomiers 7 4 0 3 153 156 –3 1 0 17
8 Mont De Marsan 7 3 0 4 162 132 +30 1 3 16
9 Narbonne 7 3 0 4 146 154 –8 0 2 14
10 Montauban 7 3 0 4 137 176 −39 0 2 14
11 Tarbes 7 3 0 4 140 151 –11 0 1 13
12 Dax 7 3 0 4 150 178 –28 0 1 13
13 Provence Rugby 7 3 0 4 132 175 −43 0 0 12
14 Bourgoin 7 2 0 5 129 151 −22 0 3 11
15 Carcassonne 7 2 0 5 120 207 –87 0 1 9
16 Biarritz 7 1 0 6 109 153 −44 0 2 6
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.

Current squad[edit]

2015-16 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
Clément Bourgeois Hooker France France
Mickaël Ladhuie Hooker France France
Jordan Rochier Hooker France France
Nicolas Agnesi Prop France France
Sofiane Chellat Prop France France
Victor Damian Arias Prop Argentina Argentina
Teva Make Prop France France
Terry Philippart Prop France France
Elvis Tekassala Prop France France
Damien Tussac Prop Germany Germany
Olivier Caisso Lock France France
Pierrick Esclauze Lock France France
Simon Pinet Lock France France
Sergei Sergueev Lock Russia Russia
Ben Venter Lock South Africa South Africa
Pierre Barthère Flanker France France
Amédée Domenech Flanker France France
Gautier Gibouin Flanker Spain Spain
Stephane Munoz Flanker France France
Fred Quercy Flanker France France
Richard Haddon Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Dimitri Vaotoa Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
David Brynes Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Jeremy Chaput Scrum-half France France
Frederic Urruty Scrum-half France France
Thomas Fortunel Fly-half France France
Antoine Lescalmel Fly-half France France
Maxime Mathy Fly-half France France
Florent Domenech Centre France France
Juan Mangione Centre Argentina Argentina
Baptiste Perrot Centre France France
Taleta Tupuola Centre France France
Sebastien Ascarat Wing France France
Vunga Lilo Wing Tonga Tonga
Yan Ruel Gallay Wing France France
Lucas Tolot Wing France France
Samisoni Viriviri Wing Fiji Fiji
Eric Tafernaberry Fullback France France
Loris Tolot Fullback France France

Honours[edit]

  • French championship:
    • Champions: 1967
  • Rugby Pro D2:
    • Champions: 2001, 2006
  • Fédérale 1
    • Champions (Trophée Jean-Prat): 2014
  • Challenge de l'Espérance:
    • Champions: 1967
  • Challenge Antoine Béguère:
    • Champions: 1971
  • Challenge Armand Vaquerin:
    • Champions: 2005
    • Runners-up: 2004

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
28 May 1967 US Montauban CA Bègles 11-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 32,115

Trophée Jean-Prat[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
7 June 2014 US Montauban RC Massy 18-14 Stade Jean-Antoine Moueix, Libourne 4,500

References[edit]

  • USM Rugby - 100 photos pour un centenaire, 2003

External links[edit]