US Montauban

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US Montauban
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Full nameUnion Sportive Montalbanaise
UnionFédération Française de Rugby
Founded1903
LocationMontauban, France
Ground(s)Stade Sapiac (Capacity: 12,600)
PresidentRobert Gomes
Coach(es)Sébastien Calvet
League(s)Pro D2
2020–219th
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

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 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

The current table for the 2021–22 Rugby Pro D2 is:[5]

2021–22 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Mont-de-Marsan 30 23 0 7 860 525 +335 12 2 106
2 Bayonne 30 20 2 8 890 607 +283 12 4 100
3 Oyonnax 30 20 1 9 910 534 +376 10 4 96
4 Nevers 30 16 2 12 759 611 +148 9 5 82
5 Carcassonne 30 17 1 12 694 621 +73 4 6 80
6 Colomiers 30 18 0 12 639 595 +44 2 4 78
7 Provence 30 17 1 12 671 684 –13 1 5 76
8 Montauban 30 14 2 14 671 758 –87 3 5 68
9 Béziers 30 13 1 16 619 634 –15 2 8 64
10 Aurillac 30 14 0 16 550 720 –170 1 5 62
11 Vannes 30 12 2 16 655 623 +32 4 5 61
12 Grenoble 30 11 3 16 619 653 –34 3 7 60
13 Agen 30 10 1 19 604 725 –121 1 13 56
14 Rouen 30 10 1 19 606 823 –217 1 6 49
15 Bourg-en-Bresse 30 9 3 18 607 844 –237 1 3 46
16 Narbonne 30 5 2 23 544 941 –397 0 8 32
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.
Red background relegation to Nationale.

Notes:
When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.


Current squad

The Montauban squad for the 2021–22 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
Cyril Deligny Hooker France France
Kévin Firmin Hooker France France
Arnaud Feltrin Hooker France France
Nicolas Agnesi Prop France France
Yassin Boutemanni Prop France France
Mirian Burduli Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Pierre Commenge Prop France France
Simon Renaud Prop France France
Paul Tailhades Prop France France
Kamaliele Tufele Prop France France
Christopher Vaotoa Prop France France
Dan Malafosse Lock France France
Alexandre Manukula Lock France France
Maselino Paulino Lock Samoa Samoa
Jean Sousa Lock Portugal Portugal
Tjiuee Uanivi Lock Namibia Namibia
Louis Vincent Lock France France
Simon Augry Back row France France
Stephane Munoz Back row France France
Quentin Pueyo Back row France France
Fred Quercy Back row Spain Spain
Luke Stringer Back row South Africa South Africa
Dimitri Vaotoa Back row France France
Player Position Union
Quentin Delord Scrum-half France France
Louis Druart Scrum-half France France
Nikola Matawalu Scrum-half Fiji Fiji
Anthony Meric Scrum-half France France
Nic Stirzaker Scrum-half Australia Australia
Jerome Bosviel Fly-half France France
Wharenui Hawera Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Franck Pourteau Fly-half France France
Tom Richard Fly-half France France
Raphael Sanchez Fly-half France France
Paul Bonnefond Centre France France
Maxime Mathy Centre France France
Benjamin Puntous Centre France France
Dylan Sage Centre South Africa South Africa
Taleta Tupuola Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Stéphane Ahmed Wing France France
Hugo Le Gall Wing France France
Epeli Momo Wing Fiji Fiji
Maxime Salles Fullback France France
Segundo Tuculet Fullback Argentina Argentina

Honours

  • 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

French championship

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

Trophée Jean-Prat

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

References

  1. ^ "Planet Rugby | Rugby Union Tournaments | Top 14 | Delasau begins likely Montauban exodus". www.planetrugby.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13.
  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". Midi Olympique (in French). 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 September 2021.
  6. ^ "USM Sapiac - Les Joueurs". US Montauban (in French). Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  • USM Rugby - 100 photos pour un centenaire, 2003

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