Lyon OU

Lyon Olympique Universitaire or LOU is a French rugby union team based in Lyon that currently competes in the Top 14, the highest level of the country's professional league system, having been most recently promoted for the 2016–17 season after winning the 2015–16 title of the second-level Pro D2. The club has bounced between the top two levels in recent years, having also been promoted in 2011 and 2014 and relegated in 2012 and 2015.

Lyon OU
Lyon Olympique Universitaire.svg
Full nameLyon Olympique Universitaire
Nickname(s)Les Loups (The Wolves)
Founded1896; 125 years ago (1896)
LocationLyon, France
Ground(s)Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 35,000)
PresidentYann Roubert
Coach(es)Pierre Mignoni
League(s)Top 14
2020–219th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.lourugby.fr
LOU Rugby against Stade Montois at the Vuillermet Stadium in Lyon, Pro D2 season 2004-2005

They were founded in 1896 and play in red and black. In 2011, the team left the Stade Vuillermet to the new Matmut Stadium. In 2017 the team moved to the Matmut Stadium de Gerland.

HistoryEdit

Le LOU, as it is traditionally known, is one of the oldest sports clubs in France and among the first outside Paris to have set up a rugby section. The club’s original name was Racing Club, the result of a merger of the Racing Club de Vaise and the Rugby Club de Lyon. It was renamed Racing et Cercles Réunis in 1902 after several other clubs joined it, then a few months later Lyon Olympique. Finally, in 1910, it became Lyon Olympique Universitaire. The red and black were adopted in 1902.

The club developed several sections (it now has 13), one of the most successful being the rugby union section, which is now known as LOU Rugby. The rugby club took part in three successive French championship finals (1931–33), losing the first one to Toulon (3-6) but winning the next two against Narbonne (9-3 and 10-3). It then played in lower amateur leagues until it was promoted back to the second professional division (Pro D2). In 2006-07, it had the second biggest budget of the championship and its ambition was to rejoin the Top 14 in the next two years, under the leadership of their coach Christian Lanta, who formerly led Racing Club de France, Italian club Treviso and Agen. However, they would not succeed in their promotion quest until 2011. Since then, they have been a proverbial "yo-yo team", having been either relegated or promoted four times in the six seasons since their 2011 promotion.

HonoursEdit

Juniors: 2012 Cadets: 1984,2017

Finals resultsEdit

French championshipEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Spectators
10 May 1931 RC Toulon Lyon OU 6-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 10,000
5 May 1932 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 9-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 13,000
7 May 1933 Lyon OU RC Narbonne 10-3 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 15,000

Challenge Yves du ManoirEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1932 SU Agen round robin Lyon OU
1933 Lyon OU round robin SU Agen

Current standingsEdit

2020–21 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 Toulouse (C) 26 17 1 8 767 557 +210 92 53 8 3 81
2 La Rochelle (RU) 26 17 0 9 726 452 +274 79 41 6 4 78
3 Racing (SF) 26 17 0 9 757 577 +180 82 48 6 4 78
4 Bordeaux Bègles (SF) 26 15 1 10 740 546 +216 78 41 7 3 72
5 Clermont (QF) 26 15 1 10 830 619 +211 88 61 6 5 71
6 Stade Français (QF) 26 15 0 11 701 622 +79 69 63 6 6 70
7 Castres 26 15 1 10 625 676 −51 61 63 3 5 69
8 Toulon 26 14 0 13 641 605 +36 62 53 7 4 66
9 Lyon 26 14 1 11 678 568 +110 74 56 3 4 65
10 Montpellier 26 10 0 16 579 615 –36 51 58 6 9 54
11 Brive 26 11 0 15 585 711 −126 52 78 2 5 51
12 Pau 26 9 1 16 688 752 −64 65 76 3 10 46
13 Bayonne (R) 26 10 0 16 565 796 −231 48 94 1 5 46
14 Agen (R) 26 0 0 26 315 1101 −696 30 146 0 2 2

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 2021–22 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (rows 7 and Montpellier) indicates teams outside the play-offs that also earn a place in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2021–22 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]
Updated: 5 June 2021

Current squadEdit

The Lyon squad for the 2021–22 season is:[1]

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
Mickaël Ivaldi Hooker   France
Guillaume Marchand Hooker   France
Joe Taufeteʻe Hooker   United States
Demba Bamba Prop   France
Xavier Chiocci Prop   France
Vivien Devisme Prop   France
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop   Argentina
Hamza Kaabèche Prop   France
Jérôme Rey Prop   France
Sébastien Taofifénua Prop   France
Kilian Geraci Lock   France
Félix Lambey Lock   France
Temo Mayanavanua Lock   Fiji
Romain Taofifénua Lock   France
Mathieu Bastareaud Back row   France
Dylan Cretin Back row   France
Colby Fainga'a Back row   Australia
Loann Goujon Back row   France
Beka Saghinadze Back row   Georgia
Patrick Sobela Back row   France
Jordan Taufua Back row   New Zealand
Player Position Union
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half   France
Jean-Marc Doussain Scrum-half   France
Jonathan Pélissié Scrum-half   France
Léo Berdeu Fly-half   France
Lima Sopoaga Fly-half   New Zealand
Pierre-Louis Barassi Centre   France
Charlie Ngatai Centre   New Zealand
Thibaut Regard Centre   France
Xavier Mignot Wing   France
Noa Nakaitaci Wing   France
Josua Tuisova Wing   Fiji
Tavite Veredamu Wing   France
Davit Niniashvili Fullback   Georgia
Toby Arnold Fullback   New Zealand
Clément Laporte Fullback   France

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "L'équipe du LOU Rugby, club de rugby de LYON". LOU Rugby (in French). Retrieved 6 September 2019.

External linksEdit