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
usmsapiac.fr

US Montauban (Occitan: Union Esportiva Montalban) 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 Occitania.

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]

The current table for the 2016–17 Rugby Pro D2 is:[5]

2016–17 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Oyonnax 20 12 0 8 561 437 +124 5 5 58
2 Colomiers 20 13 0 7 503 370 +133 3 2 57
3 Agen 20 12 1 7 524 422 +102 3 4 57
4 Montauban 20 12 0 8 472 356 +116 4 2 54
5 Biarritz 20 12 0 8 489 434 +55 2 3 53
6 Mont-de-Marsan 20 11 0 9 448 408 +40 2 7 53
7 Carcassonne 20 11 1 8 447 418 +29 2 2 50
8 Aurillac 20 11 0 9 438 460 –22 3 3 50
9 Perpignan 20 9 1 10 445 419 +26 5 3 46
10 Angoulême 20 10 1 9 384 412 –28 1 2 45
11 Narbonne 20 10 1 9 387 492 −105 1 0 43
12 Dax 20 9 0 11 431 505 –74 1 5 42
13 Béziers 20 8 0 12 443 414 +29 6 3 41
14 Vannes 20 6 2 12 405 499 −94 1 5 34
15 Albi 20 6 2 12 391 527 −136 0 3 31
16 Bourgoin 20 3 1 16 320 515 −195 1 4 19
Legend:
Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Points Total
Green background denotes the champions, who are automatically promoted to Top 14.
Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

Notes:
When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.
Bourgoin had 8 points deducted for financial irregularities.[6]

Current squad[edit]

The Montauban squad for the 2016–17 Pro D2 season is:[7]

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
Dilan Diete Hooker France France
Mickaël Ladhuie Hooker France France
Jordan Rochier Hooker France France
Pellow van der Westhuizen Hooker South Africa South Africa
Nicolas Agnesi Prop France France
Victor Damian Arias Prop Argentina Argentina
Thibault Estorge Prop France France
Terry Philippart Prop France France
Elvis Tekassala Prop France France
Malino Valaï Prop France France
Christopher Vaotoa Prop France France
Benoît Zanon Prop France France
Olivier Caisso Lock France France
Claude Dry Lock South Africa South Africa
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 Spain Spain
Amédée Domenech Flanker France France
Gautier Gibouin Flanker Spain Spain
Stéphane Munoz Flanker France France
Nicolas Perez Flanker France France
Yohann Ren Flanker France France
Jacques Engelbrecht[8] Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Richard Haddon Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Dimitri Vaotoa Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
David Byrnes Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Jeremy Chaput Scrum-half France France
Fabien Nabias Scrum-half France France
Pierre Salut 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
Agustin Henric Centre France France
Kiri Mariner Centre Samoa Samoa
Waisale Sukanaveita Centre Fiji Fiji
Riaan Swanepoel Centre South Africa South Africa
Taleta Tupuola Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Sébastien Ascarat Wing Spain Spain
Yan Ruel Gallay Wing France France
Pierre Sayerse Wing France France
Benjamin Sicard Wing France France
Lucas Tolot Wing France France
Samisoni Viriviri Wing Fiji Fiji
Jérome Bosviel 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]

  1. ^ http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,9818_6079678,00.html
  2. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/30042010/58/top-14-montauban-file-bankruptcy.html
  3. ^ "Demi-finale Fédérale 1 - Massy et Montauban retrouvent la Pro D2" (in French). Midi Olympique. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rugby: Montauban champion de France de Fédérale 1". L'Équipe (in French). 7 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "PROD2, Bourgoin - Retrait de 8 points". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (Press release) (in French). 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "USM Sapiac - Les Joueurs". US Montauban (in French). Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Vleis soek groener weivelde in Frankryk". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  • USM Rugby - 100 photos pour un centenaire, 2003

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