US Montauban

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US Montauban
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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]

2014–15 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Pau 30 20 1 9 754 530 +224 10 2 94
2 Mont-de-Marsan 30 18 0 12 676 531 +145 4 7 83
3 Perpignan 30 17 1 12 744 615 +129 7 5 82
4 Agen 30 17 0 13 732 611 +121 7 6 81
5 Albi 30 18 0 12 651 606 +45 2 6 80
6 Aurillac 30 16 2 12 650 579 +71 6 3 77
7 Biarritz 30 17 0 13 647 580 +67 6 3 77
8 Colomiers 30 16 0 14 635 632 +3 1 4 69
9 Carcassonne 30 15 0 15 688 706 –18 2 4 66
10 Montauban 30 13 1 16 627 638 –11 5 5 64
11 Béziers 30 14 0 16 620 655 –35 2 5 63
12 Tarbes 30 13 2 15 635 750 −115 0 6 62
13 Bourgoin 30 11 3 16 548 652 –104 2 4 52
14 Narbonne 30 11 1 18 604 746 −142 1 3 50
15 Dax 30 10 1 19 518 687 −169 1 4 47
16 Massy 30 8 0 22 643 854 −211 1 8 41
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14.
Yellow background denotes winner of the promotion play-offs.
Blue background denotes teams that qualified for the promotion play-offs.
Red background (row 16) was relegated to Fédérale 1. Dax, which finished in 15th, was spared relegation when Fédérale 1 runner-up Lille was denied promotion. Updated: 21 August 2015

Team for 2015-2016[edit]

Name Position Birth Nationality International appearances

(points scored)

Last club Arrive at the club

(year)

Nicolas Agnesi Prop 09/09/1988  France - US Colomiers 2012
Victor Damian Arias Prop 05/03/1990  Argentina - US Dax 2015
Sofiane Chellat Prop 12/01/1990  Algeria 4 (0) Stade français 2015
Teva Make Prop 20/09/1988  France - Club academy 2010
Terry Philippart Prop 05/03/1992  France - Club academy 2008
Damien Tussac Prop 02/01/1988  Germany 7 (0) Leeds Carnegie 2014
Elvis Tekassala Prop 30/01/1981  France - Blagnac SCR 2012
Clément Bourgeois Hooker 18/07/1991  France - Section Paloise BP 2015
Mickaël Ladhuie Hooker 04/02/1982  France - Montpellier HR 2013
Jordan Rochier Hooker 27/06/1992  France - RC Toulon 2014
Ben Venter Lock 15/05/1987  South Africa - UBB
Pierrick Esclauze Lock 20/06/1985  France - USO Nevers 2014
Simon Pinet Lock 09/08/1986  France - CA Brive CL 2015
Olivier Caisso Lock 17/12/1985  France - CA Brive CL 2015
Serge Sergueev Lock 26/12/1987  Russia - Club academy 2008
Amédée Domenech Flanker 28/07/1984  France - Le Bugue AC 2010
Pierre Barthère Flanker 03/06/1989  Israel - Club academy 2010
Stéphane Munoz Flanker 28/09/1991  France - RC Toulon 2015
Richard Haddon Flanker 08/08/1990  New Zealand - Tarbes PR 2015
Fred Quercy Flanker 06/07/1991  France - Montpellier HR 2015
Gautier Gibouin Number 8 24/03/1989  Spain 15(10) UBB 2014
Dimitri Vaotoa Number 8 17/05/1989  France - CA Brive 2012
David Byrnes Scrum half 30/03/1986  South Africa - Stade Phocéen 2011
Jérémy Chaput Scrum half 13/10/1987  France - AS Béziers 2014
Frédéric Urruty Scrum half 11/09/1986  France - Stade montois 2012
Antoine Lescalmel Fly half 20/11/1987  France - Section Paloise BP 2015
Thomas Fortunel Fly half 07/06/1995  France - Club academy -
Maxime Mathy Fly half 24/10/1992  France - US Dax 2015
Florent Domenech Centre 10/11/1988  France - Club academy 2009
Juan Mangione Centre 29/01/1988  Argentina - SO Chambéry 2015
Taleta Tupuola Centre 09/07/1989  New Zealand - Montpellier HR 2013
Yan Ruel-Gallay Wing 29/07/1988  France - CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 2011
Sébastien Ascarat Wing 30/05/1988  Spain 3(10) FC Auch 2014
Samisoni Viriviri Wing 25/04/1988  Fiji - Montpeller HR 2015
Loris Tolot Wing 03/03/1993  France - SU Agen 2015
Vungakoto Lilo Wing 28/02/1983  Tonga 31(70) Tarbes PR 2015
Éric Tafernaberry Full back 12/06/1985  France - Limoges rugby 2011
Lucas Tolot Full back 03/03/1993  France - SU Agen 2015

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]