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
2017–18 2nd (playoff semi-finalists)
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 2017–18 Rugby Pro D2 is:[5]

2017–18 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Perpignan (C) 30 20 1 9 919 571 +348 12 2 97
2 Montauban 30 20 2 8 679 546 +133 4 4 92
3 Grenoble (P) 30 20 1 9 775 667 +108 4 2 88
4 Mont-de-Marsan 30 17 0 13 753 540 +213 12 5 84
5 Béziers 30 19 1 10 756 670 +86 4 2 84
6 Biarritz 30 17 0 13 789 694 +95 7 5 80
7 Nevers 30 15 0 15 656 580 +76 6 3 69
8 Bayonne 30 14 1 15 732 764 –32 5 6 69
9 Colomiers 30 14 1 15 637 678 –41 6 5 69
10 Vannes 30 12 0 18 721 739 –18 6 8 62
11 Aurillac 30 13 1 16 641 716 –75 2 5 61
12 Massy 30 13 0 17 633 682 –49 2 5 59
13 Soyaux Angoulême 30 13 1 16 592 661 –69 2 3 59
14 Carcassonne 30 11 0 19 585 767 –182 4 5 53
15 Dax 30 9 1 20 602 767 –165 2 6 46
16 Narbonne 30 7 2 21 547 975 –428 2 1 35
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 (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final Promotion play-off places.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final Promotion play-off places.
Yellow background denotes winner of the promotion play-off final.
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.

Current squad[edit]

The Montauban squad for the 2017–18 season is:[6]

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
Cyriak Ponnau Hooker France France
Jordan Rochier Hooker France France
Pellow van der Westhuizen Hooker South Africa South Africa
Nicolas Agnesi Prop France France
Damian Arias Prop Argentina Argentina
Anthony Bousquet Prop France France
Julien Facundo Prop France France
Paul Tailhades Prop France France
Elvis Tekassala Prop France France
Malino Vanaï Prop France France
Christopher Vaotoa Prop France France
Benoit Zanon Prop France France
Olivier Caisso Lock France France
Sven D'Hooghe Lock Belgium Belgium
Claude Dry Lock South Africa South Africa
Pierrick Esclauze Lock France France
Alban Requet Lock France France
Sergei Sergueev Lock Russia Russia
Simon Augry Flanker France France
Amédée Domenech Flanker France France
Richard Haddon Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Stéphane Munoz Flanker France France
Jean Sousa Flanker France France
Jacques Engelbrecht Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Dimitri Vaotoa Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Baptiste Cadiou Scrum-half France France
Jeremy Chaput Scrum-half France France
Clément Darbo Scrum-half France France
Paul Graou Scrum-half France France
Louis Decavel Fly-half France France
Thomas Fortunel Fly-half France France
Aviata Silago Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Riaan Swanepoel Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Florent Domenech Centre France France
Maxime Mathy Centre France France
Waisale Sukanaveita Centre Fiji Fiji
Taleta Tupuola Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Sébastien Ascarat Wing Spain Spain
Vunga Lilo Wing Tonga Tonga
Yan Ruel Gallay Wing France France
Pierre Sayerse Wing France France
Jérôme Bosviel Fullback France France
Pierre Klur Fullback France France
Maxime Salles 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. ^ "Yahoo UK & Ireland - Sports News - Live Scores - Results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  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 10 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "USM Sapiac - Les Joueurs". US Montauban (in French). Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  • USM Rugby - 100 photos pour un centenaire, 2003

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