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The Football Club de Grenoble Rugby (FCG) is a French rugby union club based in Grenoble and founded in 1892. The club was champion of France in 1954 and runner-up in 1918 and in 1993 during a controversial final, being deprived of the title of champion of France following an error of arbitration.[1] The club also won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 and was finalist in 1969, 1986 and 1990. FC Grenoble played in Top 14, the top level of the French league system, for the 2018-2019 season, but were relegated to Pro D2 at the season end. Grenoble have played home matches at the Stade des Alpes (capacity 20,068) since 2014-2015. The club's colors are red and blue. The FCG is currently chaired by Michel Martinez. The first team is supervised by several specialists: Stéphane Glas and Dewald Senekal as head coach, Cyril Villain defense coach, Jérôme Vernay skills coach and Jean Noël scrum coach.

FC Grenoble Rugby
FC Grenoble.gif
Full nameFootball Club de Grenoble Rugby
Nickname(s)FCG
Founded1892; 127 years ago (1892)
LocationGrenoble, France
Ground(s)Stade des Alpes (Capacity: 20,068)
PresidentMichel Martinez
Coach(es)Stéphane Glas and Dewald Senekal
League(s)Rugby Pro D2
2018–19Top 14, 13th (relegated via play-off)
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
fcgrugby.com

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1892 following the merger of the main clubs in Grenoble in Rhône-Alpes.

Runners-up French Championship 1918Edit

After becoming champions of the Alps in 1912, FCG reached the final of the Coupe de l'Espérance in 1918, which replaced the old championship of France during the First World War. Since then Grenoble have regularly featured in the finals. Grenoble contributed notable players to the original French National Team, among them Edmond Besset and Felix Lasserre and Edmond Vellat. In 1931, Grenoble was one of 14 clubs who left the French Rugby Federation to create their own organization, UFRA.

French Champion 1954Edit

In 1954, the first team, then coached by Roger Bouvarel, wrote the most beautiful page in the history of the club. FC Grenoble won his first Bouclier de Brennus and became champion of France after a 5-3 victory against the U.S. Cognac. Champions in 1954 :

  •   Roger Baqué
  •   Guy Belletante
  •   Innocent Bionda
  •   Pierre Claret
  •   Henri Coquet
  •   René Duhau
  •   Georges Echevet
  •   Sergio Lanfranchi
  •   Jean Liénard
  •   René Martin
  •   André Morel
  •   Duilio Parolai
  •   /   Michel Pliassoff
  •   Paul Rein
  •   /   Eugène Smogorenski

With Jean Liénard became coach, Grenoble played the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA in 1963.

Winner of the Challenge Yves du Manoir 1987Edit

In 1987, Grenoble won the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the SU Agen on the score of 26-7. This is the second major trophy for the club. The winners of the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 :

  •   Frédéric Boutin
  •   Martin Brooke
  •   Gilbert Brunat
  •   Hervé Chaffardon
  •   Gilles Claret
  •   Éric Ferruit
  •   Alain Gely
  •   Stéphane Geraci
  •   Jean-Jacques Grand
  •   Brent Jordaan
  •   Pierre Mathias
  •   Dominique Mazille
  •   Joris Menzildjian
  •   Patrick Mesny
  •   Philippe Meunier
  •   Christophe Monteil
  •   Willy Pepelnjak
  •   Robert Petuello
  •   Thierry Picard
  •   Jean-Marc Romand
  •   Bernard Vacchino
  •   Frédéric Vélo
  •   Richard Zago

A second French championship Title private following an arbitration error 1993Edit

The arrival of Jacques Fouroux in control of the team for the 1992-93 season associated with Michel Ringeval marks the beginning of a new era called the Mammoths of Grenoble.[2] Despite overpowering pack Grenoble tilts on the score of 14-11.[3] A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[4] and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres.[5] Salles admitted the error 13 years later[6] .[7] .[8] Fouroux conflict with the Federation and who was already suspicious before the match of the referee[9] cry out conspiracy.[10] Players Championship controversial Final in 1993 :

  •   Brice Bardou
  •   Arnaud Bazin
  •   Olivier Brouzet
  •   Gilbert Brunat
  •   Xavier Cambres
  •   Franck Capdeville
  •   Hervé Chaffardon
  •   Éric Ferruit
  •   Patrick Goirand
  •   Franck Hueber
  •   Gregory Kacala
  •   Džoni Mandic
  •   Dominique Mazille
  •   Olivier Merle
  •   Philippe Meunier
  •   Cyril Savy
  •   Martial Servantes
  •   Willy Taofifénua
  •   Philippe Tapié
  •   Patrice Vacchino
  •   Frédéric Vélo

Since then the club has struggled. Grenoble play the '1999–2000 Heineken Cup in Pool 6.

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Northampton 6 5 0 1 19 7 12 184 87 97 10
  FC Grenoble 6 3 0 3 13 15 −2 110 140 −30 6
  Edinburgh Reivers 6 3 0 3 13 19 −6 112 158 −46 6
  Neath 6 1 0 5 13 17 −4 128 149 −21 2
Results
Date Stadium Team Score Team
19 November Netherdale, Galashiels   Edinburgh 23 - 18 FC Grenoble
27 November Lesdiguières, Grenoble   FC Grenoble 20 - 18 Northampton Saints
11 December The Gnoll, Neath   Neath RFC 43 - 14 FC Grenoble
18 December Lesdiguières, Grenoble   FC Grenoble 21 - 10 Neath RFC
9 January Franklin's Gardens, Northampton   Northampton Saints 27 - 16 FC Grenoble
15 January Lesdiguières, Grenoble   FC Grenoble 21 - 19 Edinburgh

Descent and come back in the eliteEdit

 
FC Grenoble Playing in the Top 14 in 2014

They were relegated to the French second division and came back again. At the end of 2004–05, they were relegated to the French second division, Rugby Pro D2, after the top level was reduced from sixteen to fourteen teams. However, they were relegated even further, to the amateur Fédérale 1, due to financial problems; an audit of the club's books revealed debts of €3.64 million as of 30 June 2005.[11] They earned promotion back to the professional ranks at the first opportunity, and played in Pro D2, in 2006–07; they finished their first season back in ProD2 in fourteenth place (out of sixteen), surviving the drop by one point over Limoges. They ended the 2007–08 season in eighth, close to the play-offs. In 2010–11 Grenoble finished second, losing the play-off semi-final game at home against Union Bordeaux Bègles. In 2011–12 Grenoble finished first, securing their return to the Top 14 for the 2012–13 season. In their first season back in the top flight, they were in contention for a playoff place early in the season, but faded to 11th, still safely above the relegation zone. After the 2016–17 season, Grenoble have been relegated to the Pro D2 and in the 2017-18 season, ProD2 runners-up Grenoble have been promoted to the Top14, after a 47-22 victory over Oyonnax. The promotion/relegation play-off win sees Grenoble head back to the French top flight, having dropped down this time last season.

HonoursEdit

Among the club's honours are the championship of the Top 14 and of the Challenge Yves du Manoir. Its achievements include:[12][13][14]

  • Top 14
    • Champions (1) : 1954
    • Runners-up (1) : 1993
  • Coupe de l'Espérance
    • Runners-up (1) : 1918
  • French second division:
  • Challenge Yves du Manoir:
    • Champions (1) : 1987
    • Runners-up (3) : 1969, 1986, 1990
  • Challenge Jean Bouin:
    • Runners-up (2) : 1992, 1994
  • Access Match:
    • Champions (1) : 2018
  • French Championship Reserves:
    • Champions (5) : 1950, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1980 (Nationale B)
    • Runners-up (2) : 1969, 1972
  • Cup Frantz-Reichel:
    • Champions (4) : 1981, 1992, 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up (3) : 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Cup René Crabos:
    • Champions (2) : 1995, 2018
    • Runners-up (2) : 1990, 1996
  • Challenge complete club:
    • Champions (1) : 1993
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA:
    • Runners-up (1) : 1963

Finals resultsEdit

French premiershipEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
28 April 1918 Racing Club de France FC Grenoble 22-9 Stade du Matin, Colombes 3,000
23 May 1954 FC Grenoble US Cognac 5-3 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 34,230
5 June 1993 Castres Olympique FC Grenoble 14-11 Parc des Princes, Paris 49,061

Challenge Yves du ManoirEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
24 May 1969 US Dax FC Grenoble 24 – 12 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 2,902
1 May 1986 AS Montferrand FC Grenoble 22-15 Stadium, Brive-la-Gaillarde 10,400
10 May 1987 FC Grenoble SU Agen 26–7 Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié, Narbonne 3,200
19 May 1990 RC Narbonne FC Grenoble 24–19 Stade du Hameau, Pau 5,500

Current standingsEdit

The current table for the 2019–20 Rugby Pro D2 is:[15]

2019–20 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Oyonnax 13 10 0 3 345 211 +134 4 2 46
2 Grenoble 14 9 0 5 385 240 +145 6 2 44
3 Perpignan 13 8 0 5 357 232 +125 4 4 40
4 Colomiers 13 8 0 5 328 232 +96 3 3 38
5 Biarritz 14 8 0 6 312 267 +45 3 3 38
6 Carcassonne 13 8 0 5 306 285 +21 1 2 35
7 Vannes 13 7 0 6 267 292 -25 1 2 31
8 Soyaux Angoulême 13 6 1 6 241 261 -20 2 3 31
9 Béziers 12 7 0 5 252 250 +2 1 1 30
10 Nevers 13 7 0 6 285 306 -21 1 0 29
11 Mont-de-Marsan 13 6 0 7 294 303 -9 2 1 27
12 Provence 12 6 0 6 235 247 -12 2 0 26
13 Montauban 12 5 1 6 241 284 -43 0 3 25
14 Aurillac 13 3 0 9 254 347 -93 1 4 17
15 Rouen 13 3 0 10 163 329 -166 0 2 14
16 Valence Romans 13 2 0 11 211 390 -179 0 4 12
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 Fédérale 1.

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


Current squadEdit

The squad for the 2018–19 season is:[16][a]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
Duncan Casey Hooker   Ireland
Etienne Fourcade Hooker   France
Mike Tadjer Hooker   Portugal
Halani Aulika Prop   Tonga
Alexandre Dardet Prop   France
Beka Gigashvili Prop   Georgia
Dylan Jacquot Prop   France
JC Janse van Rensburg Prop   South Africa
Vazha Kapanadze Prop   Georgia
Davit Kubriashvili Prop   Georgia
Mihai Lazar Prop   Romania
Ali Oz Prop   France
Mickaël Capelli Lock   France
Leva Fifita Lock   Tonga
Kilian Geraci Lock   France
Hans N'Kinsi Lock   France
Francois Uys Lock   South Africa
Fabien Alexandre Back row   France
Clément Ancely Back row   France
Loïc Baradel Back row   France
Antonin Berruyer Back row   France
Steeve Blanc-Mappaz Back row   France
Loïc Godener Back row   France
Stephen Setephano Back row   Cook Islands
Taiasina Tuifu'a Back row   Samoa
Edgar Tuinukuafe Back row   New Zealand
Player Position Union
Théo Nanette Scrum-half   France
Lilien Saseras Scrum-half   France
Jérémy Valençot Scrum-half   France
Burton Francis Fly-half   South Africa
Clément Gélin Fly-half   France
Adrien Latorre Fly-half   France
Ben Lucas [a] Fly-half   Australia
Franck Pourteau Fly-half   France
Etienne Dussartre Centre   France
Junior Rasolea Centre   Australia
Eddie Sawailau Centre   Fiji
Alaska Taufa Centre   Tonga
Taleta Tupuola Centre   New Zealand
Pablo Uberti Centre   France
Lucas Dupont Wing   France
Jean-Teiva Jacquelin Wing   Tahiti
Daniel Kilioni Wing   Tonga
Raymond Rhule Wing   South Africa
Gervais Cordin Fullback   France
Gaëtan Germain Fullback   France
Bastien Guillemin Fullback   France
Lolagi Visinia Fullback   New Zealand
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b New signing Ben Lucas is not yet listed on the official squad page.[17]

StaffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Operations Director Franck Corrihons   FRA
Head Coach Stéphane Glas   FRA
Head Coach Dewald Senekal   RSA
Defence Coach Cyril Villain   FRA
Scrum Coach Jean Noël Perrin   FRA
Skills Coach Jérôme Vernay   FRA

Notable former playersEdit

French international that the club has providedEdit

TeeEdit

Cyril Savy is the first player to use a tee in France in 1993.[18] In the semi-finals at the last minute of the game when the FCG faces the SU Agen, Savy succeeds a penalty a goal of 60m and gets a overtime. His club came out victorious before being deprived of a title of champion of France on a arbitration error in a controversial final against the Castres Olympique.[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olivier Merle : "J'ai créé mon couteau, le Merluche"". sport24.lefigaro.fr. February 24, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pro D2. Auch. La chasse aux mammouths est ouverte". www.ladepeche.fr. October 18, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". www.republicain-lorrain.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Combien de fois Bayonne s'est imposé dans la capitale ?". www.rugbyrama.fr. Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ "MICHEL RINGEVAL (PART 2): " AU BOUT D'UN QUART D'HEURE, J'AI COMPRIS QU'ON NE GAGNERAIT PAS"". lesportdauphinois.com. November 19, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l'insupportable aveu de l'arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 Juin 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Merci pour ces moments: 50 ans de grands reportages". books.google.fr. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Top 14: Toulon-Castres, souviens-toi, il y a vingt ans..." www.lepoint.fr. June 1, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Grenoble drop out". rugbyrugby.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  12. ^ "Football Club de Grenoble Rugby". histoire.maillots.free.fr. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Fiche club : Grenoble". www.finalesrugby.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Equipes du FC Grenoble Rugby honorées d'un titre". www.fcgrugby.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  16. ^ "FCG - FC Grenoble - Players". FC Grenoble. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Ben Lucas à Grenoble" (Press release) (in French). FC Grenoble Rugby. 20 June 2018. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Le Rugby pour les Nuls, édition spéciale Coupe du monde 2015". books.google.fr. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Gerry Thornley: Grenoble's Jackman fast becoming one of top Irish coaches". irishtimes. April 12, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2019.

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