|Full name||Football Club de Grenoble Rugby|
|Nickname(s)||The foreign Legion (1954) |
The Mammoths (1991-1994)
The Pacific Connection (1999)
|Ground(s)||Stade des Alpes (Capacity: 20,068)|
|2020–21||6th (playoff quarter-finalists)|
The club also won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 and was finalist in 1969, 1986 and 1990.
FC Grenoble played in the Top 14, the top level of the French league system, for the 2019–2020 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 Nicolas Cuynat. The first team is supervised by several specialists: Fabien Gengenbacher as head coach, Nicolas Nadau senior coach, Arnaud Héguy forwards coach and Jean-Noël Perrin scrum coach.
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. The team was nicknamed by the press the foreign Legion. 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 :
Runners-up European Championship 1963Edit
With Jean Liénard became coach, Grenoble played the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA in 1963.
Runners-up of the Challenge Yves du Manoir 1969Edit
In 1969, Grenoble bows in the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the US Dax on the score of 24–12.
Runners-up of the Challenge Yves du Manoir 1986Edit
In 1986, Grenoble bows in the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the AS Montferrand on the score of 22–15.
Winner of the Challenge Yves du Manoir 1987Edit
Runners-up of the Challenge Yves du Manoir 1990Edit
In 1990, Grenoble bows in the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the RC Narbonne on the score of 24–19.
A second French championship Title denied following a refereeing 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. Despite overpowering pack Grenoble tilts on the score of 14–11. A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble 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. Salles admitted the error 13 years later . . Fouroux conflict with the Federation and who was already suspicious before the match of the referee cry out conspiracy. Players Championship controversial Final in 1993 :
Since then the club has struggled.
First participation in the Heineken Cup 2000Edit
FC Grenoble play the 1999–2000 Heineken Cup in Pool 6. FCG is the only team to beat Nothampton the future winner of the event.
|Team||P||W||D||L||Tries for||Tries against||Try diff||Points for||Points against||Points diff||Pts|
|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
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. 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.
- Top 14
- 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:
- 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
- Legion Rugby Challenge:
- Champions (1) : 2014
|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
|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|
The current table for the 2021–22 Rugby Pro D2 is:
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.
When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
|Head Coach||Fabien Gengenbacher||FRA|
|Senior Coach||Nicolas Nadau||FRA|
|Forwards Coach||Arnaud Héguy||FRA|
|Scrum Coach||Jean-Noël Perrin||FRA|
Notable former playersEdit
- Diego Albanese
- Ezequiel Jurado
- José Orengo
- Federico Todeschini
- Joaquín Tuculet
- Bautista Ezcurra
- Felipe Ezcurra
- Sam Cordingley
- Peter Kimlin
- Dan Palmer
- Junior Rasolea
- John Welborn
- Kenan Mutapcic
- Jamie Cudmore
- Shane O'Leary
- Stephen Setephano
- Olly Barkley
- Aly Muldowney
- James Percival
- Jone Daunivucu
- Aloisio Butonidualevu
- Alipate Ratini
- Sisa Waqa
- Viliame Waqaseduadua
- Ropate Rinakama
- Benito Masilevu
- Timoci Nagusa
- David Aucagne
- Fabien Barcella
- Gilbert Brunat
- Didier Camberabero
- William Demotte
- Thierry Devergie
- Lucas Dupont
- Fabrice Estebanez
- Julien Frier
- Gaëtan Germain
- Arnaud Héguy
- Nicolas Laharrague
- Legi Matiu
- Ludovic Mercier
- Geoffroy Messina
- Willy Taofifénua
- Benjamin Thiéry
- Jonathan Wisniewski
- Mahamadou Diaby
- Etienne Fourcade
- Gervais Cordin
- Ali Oz
- Nathanaël Hulleu
- Adrien Séguret
- Jean-Charles Orioli
- Levan Ghvaberidze
- Paliko Jimsheladze
- Vasil Katsadze
- Beka Gigashvili
- Davit Kubriashvili
- Luka Goginava
- Zurab Zhvania
- Daniel Browne
- Andrew Farley
- James Hart
- Chris Farrell
- Sergio Lanfranchi
- Franco Piccinini
- Ange Capuozzo
- Aaron Bancroft
- John Blaikie
- Robbie Deans
- Nigel Hunt
- Tone Kopelani
- Mark Mayerhofler
- Blair Stewart
- Jackson Willison
- Grzegorz Kacala
- Petru Balan
- Florin Corodeanu
- Romeo Gontineac
- Petre Mitu
- Gheorghe Solomie
- Ovidiu Tonita
- Gio Aplon
- Rudi Coetzee
- Wylie Human
- Theo Jansen van Rensburg
- Charl McLeod
- Hendrik Roodt
- Shaun Sowerby
- Deon Fourie
- Raymond Rhule
- Peter Steven
- Tony Stanger
- David Mélé
- Inoke Afeaki
- William Helu
- Suka Hufanga
- Leva Fifita
- Tanginoa Halaifonua
- Toma'akino Taufa
- Atu Manu
- Stuart Evans
French international that the club has providedEdit
Cyril Savy is the first player to use a tee in France in 1993. In the semi-finals at the last minute of the game when the FCG faces SU Agen, Savy succeeds a penalty a goal of 60m and gets an overtime. His club came out victorious before being deprived of a title of champion of France on a refereeing error in a controversial final against Castres Olympique.
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