Union Bordeaux Bègles

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Union Bordeaux Bègles (UBB)
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Full nameUnion Bordeaux Bègles
Nickname(s)Les Girondins, The Girondists
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
LocationBordeaux, France
Ground(s)Stade Chaban-Delmas (main venue) (Capacity: 34,694)
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (Capacity: 40,000)
PresidentLaurent Marti
Coach(es)Christophe Urios
League(s)Top 14
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2nd kit
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Union Bordeaux Bègles (French: [ynjɔ̃ bɔʁdo bɛɡl]; Occitan: Union Bordèu Begla) is a French rugby union team playing in the Top 14, the first level of the country's professional league system. They earned their Top 14 place by winning the promotion playoffs that followed the 2010–11 season in the second-level Rugby Pro D2. Upon promotion to the Top 14 in 2011, they were assured a place in the European Challenge Cup. In 2015, they earned their European Champions Cup place, after winning the European playoffs against Gloucester Rugby in Worcester.

They were founded in 2006 as a result of a merger between two Bordeaux clubs, Stade Bordelais and Club Athlétique Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde. They wear claret (in French: bordeaux) and white. They are based in Bordeaux (New Aquitaine), and play at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. The two teams which amalgamated cumulated nine championship titles of France: seven for the Stade Bordelais and two for the Club Athlétique Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde. Since 2006 and the amalgamation, the club competed in Pro D2 until winning the 2011 promotion playoffs. UBB drew an average home attendance of 23,689 in the 2014/2015 Top 14 season.[1]


For several years, the city of Bordeaux suffered from the absence of a leading club, or rather from the competition between the two large clubs of the city, the Stade Bordelais and CA Bordeaux-Bègles-Gironde.

The Stade Bordelais was a large national Rugby team at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century (seven championships between 1899 and 1911), before continuing their life within the amateur championships.

The CA Béglais did not reach soaring highs before the First World War, finally gaining two French Championships in 1969 and 1991 and then taking part in the first European Rugby Cup in 1995. The transition into the new millennium was hard. The club was relegated to the Pro D2 at the conclusion of the 2002–03 season, then into the Fédérale 1 division, while Stade Bordelais took the opposite direction and reached Pro D2.

In 2005, a plan to merge both clubs was created, in spite of strong opposition by both club's supporters. There was strong insight from former influential players (Serge Simon, Bernard Laporte) who pushed for a result of pooling the assets of the two clubs. One of the arguments frequently employed in favour of fusion was that the local companies did not know which club to promote.

On 10 March 2006, Bordeaux Rugby Metropolis was created. This association gathered a network of local companies eager to imply themselves in the formation of a large club in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Rugby Metropolis organised in June 2006 the event 'Bordeaux Rugby Quinconces' which brought together 25,000 people and 100 companies during 3 days on the Esplanade of the Quinconces of Bordeaux. Under the influence of the association, the historical dissensions between the two clubs were partly alleviated. A union was sealed, in the shape of a Professional Sporting Public Limit Company (SASP), with the issue of work for a committee made up of six members resulting with members from each of the two clubs (CABBG : Michel Moga, Alban Moga, Raymond Chatenet; Stade bordelais : Jean-Pierre Lamarque, Herve Hargous, Philippe Moulia).

Only the professional squads were actually merged, as each club has kept its youth teams to this day.

The new team took the place of the Stade Bordelais in the Pro D2. The training centre of Bègles is particularly strong and will hopefully provide players to the top grades.

For their first seasons, the team profited from a budget of €3.6 million. Frederic Martini remained one year as the president of USBCABBG before yielding his place to Laurent Marti, entrepreneur bergeracois (Groupe Top Tex, basé à Toulouse) at the start of the 2006 season. The new president contributed to finalising where the Union's home ground would be (Stage Andre Moga de Bègles), and the unpronouncable name "USBCABBG" which became Union Bordeaux Bègles (UBB) in the spring of 2008. Laurent Marti contributed largely to increase the club's budget, passing it from €3.8 million (euros) in 2007–08 to €4.2 million (euros) 2008–09. The ambition is to rediscover the clubs elite form in a short-term (two or three years).

The Pro D2 2010–11 season, saw the club finish fifth place on the table and gaining a place in the finals. The UBB beat Grenoble (12–19) in the semis, securing their spot in the final against SC Albi. The grand final took place in Agen with the final result going to the Bordealaise (14–21), also seeing them promoted to the Top 14.

Hong Kong investment company GaveKal bought a 10% stakes of the team in 2015.


In spite of calls to simplify the club name, "Union Stade bordelais-C.A.Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde" was adopted; neither of the two clubs wanting to yield. The Béglais refused to disappear within a name which would only mention Bordeaux (for example, Bordeaux Rugby), whereas, at the time, top-level rugby in the area was the CAB. "We found it hard to find a name for the club which is appropriate for the two teams. The selected name respects the concepts of parity and equilibrium" (Philippe Moulia, président du Stade bordelais omnisports)

In May 2008, the club's name, known for its length, was changed to 'Union Bordeaux Bègles'.


The other problem related to the home ground. Neither of the two clubs wanted to yield, so that, for their first season, the team was to play 7 matches at the Stade Sainte-Germaine at Bouscat and the other 7 matches at the Stade André-Moga at Bègles—although the rules of the (French) National Rugby League specify that no Pro D2 rugby club could play their home matches at two different home grounds. During the second season, it was decided that the 1st grade matches would be held in Bègles, while the lower grade matches would be held in Bouscat.

For their ascent to the Top14 competition in the 2011–12 season, it was decided that matches would be shared between Stade Andre Moga (in Bègles) and Stade Chaban-Delmas (in Bordeaux).[2] Since 2012–13, Bordeaux Bègles have played most of their home matches at the larger Stade Chaban-Delmas instead of their traditional home of Stade André Moga. In the 2015–16 season, they also played three home matches at the newer and even larger Matmut Atlantique stadium.


The logo represents, on one side the blue and white checker work of CA Béglais and the other side the yellow lion with a black base of Stade Bordelais. The crescents symbolises the city of Bordeaux.

Honours / Results[edit]

Rugby Top 14[edit]

Rugby Pro D2[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2019–20 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 Lyon 10 8 0 2 295 155 140 34 12 3 0 35
2 Bordeaux Bègles 10 7 1 2 298 189 109 33 17 3 1 34
3 Montpellier 10 4 2 4 247 207 40 26 18 2 2 24
4 Toulouse 10 5 0 5 240 209 31 22 18 3 1 24
5 Toulon 10 5 1 4 222 220 2 19 20 1 1 24
6 Clermont 10 6 0 4 240 240 0 22 24 0 0 24
7 La Rochelle 10 5 0 5 199 224 -25 19 22 1 1 22
8 Bayonne 10 5 0 5 210 248 -38 20 27 0 1 21
9 Brive 10 5 0 5 216 254 -38 19 29 1 1 22
10 Pau 10 5 0 5 199 225 -26 20 24 0 1 21
11 Racing 10 3 1 6 225 206 19 24 19 2 3 19
12 Castres 10 4 0 6 245 273 -28 20 25 1 1 18
13 Agen 10 3 1 6 203 235 -32 23 26 0 2 16
14 Stade Français 10 2 0 8 182 336 -154 17 37 0 2 10

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 2020–21 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 2020–21 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 Bordeaux squad for the 2019–20 season is:[3]

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
Florian Dufour Hooker France France
Clément Maynadier Hooker France France
Adrien Pélissié Hooker France France
Enzo Baggiani Prop France France
Vadim Cobîlaș Prop Moldova Moldova
Laurent Delboulbès Prop France France
Lekso Kaulashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Thierry Païva Prop France France
Jefferson Poirot Prop France France
Peni Ravai Prop Fiji Fiji
Lasha Tabidze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Cyril Cazeaux Lock France France
Kane Douglas Lock Australia Australia
Alexandre Flanquart Lock France France
Jandré Marais Lock South Africa South Africa
Masalosalo Tutaia Lock Samoa Samoa
Adrien Vigne Lock France France
Afa Amosa Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Pierre-Olivier Batangken Back row France France
Mahamadou Diaby Back row France France
Beka Gorgadze Back row Georgia (country) Georgia
Sacha Gue Back row France France
Scott Higginbotham Back row Australia Australia
Alexandre Roumat Back row France France
Marco Tauleigne Back row France France
Cameron Woki Back row France France
Player Position Union
Baptiste Germain Scrum-half France France
Jules Gimbert Scrum-half France France
Yann Lesgourgues Scrum-half France France
Maxime Lucu Scrum-half France France
Ben Botica Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Simon Desaubies Fly-half France France
Matthieu Jalibert Fly-half France France
Lucas Meret Fly-half France France
Jean-Baptiste Dubié Centre France France
Remi Lamerat Centre France France
Semi Radradra Centre Fiji Fiji
UJ Seuteni Centre Samoa Samoa
Blair Connor Wing Australia Australia
Santiago Cordero Wing Argentina Argentina
Nicolas Plazy Wing France France
Seta Tamanivalu Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Romain Buros Fullback France France
Geoffrey Cros Fullback France France
Nans Ducuing Fullback France France

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 14 : Les dix équipes ayant les meilleures affluences en 2014-15 - Rugby 365". 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ "As evidenced by EPCR Challenge Cup game details 2011". European Professional Club Rugby. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Équipe 1". Union Bordeaux Bègles (in French). Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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