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Montpellier Hérault Rugby (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃.pə.lje eʁo ʁyɡbi klœb]) (Occitan: Montpelhièr Erau Rugbi Club) is a French professional rugby union club, based in Montpellier, Occitanie and named after the Hérault river. The club competes in the top level of the French league system, the Top 14. They originally played at Stade Sabathé (capacity 5,000) but moved to the Stade Yves-du-Manoir, later known as Altrad Stadium, and since renamed the GGL Stadium, in 2007. They wear white and blue.

Montpellier Hérault Rugby
Full nameMontpellier Hérault Rugby
Nickname(s)Les Cistes (The Cistuses)
MHR
Founded1986; 33 years ago (1986)
LocationMontpellier, Occitanie, France
Ground(s)Altrad Stadium (Capacity: 15,697)
PresidentMohed Altrad
Coach(es)Xavier Garbajosa
Captain(s)Fulgence Ouedraogo
League(s)Top 14
2017–186th (playoff quarter-finalists)
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.montpellier-rugby.com

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HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1986 through the merger of two other rugby union clubs, the Stade Montpelliérain and MUC Rugby.

In 1993 the club won the Challenge de l'Espérance.

In 2003 the club became the champion of France's second division national rugby league, the Pro D2. After finishing second in the league table at the end of the 2002–03 season, Montpellier advanced to the playoffs. They defeated Auch in the semi-finals and Tarbes in the finals to win promotion to the Top 14. The following season the club played for the European Shield, and contested the final. Played in May 2004, Montpellier defeated Italian club Viadana 25 points to 19 to win the Shield.

The club barely avoided relegation after the 2006–07 season. Winning only nine games during a twenty-six-game season, Montpellier found itself in a relegation position with only two games left to play. Thanks to a bonus-point victory in week 25, the team finished just four points ahead of Agen which was relegated to the Pro D2 at the end of the year.

After 2006–07, the club's fortunes began to improve. In June 2007, Fulgence Ouedraogo became the first Montpellier player to play on the French national rugby union team. That same summer the club's new stadium, the Stade Yves-du-Manoir (now GGL Stadium), opened. In 2007–08 Montpellier enjoyed its first winning season in the Top 14. The club made its next step up the table in 2010–11 when it unexpectedly finished sixth by a single point and made the Top 14 playoffs for the first time. The underdog squad defeated both Castres and Racing Métro to make the championship game where they were defeated 15–10 by Toulouse. Since that season, Montpellier has become a consistent playoff contender, finishing fifth in both 2011–12 and 2012–13 and second on the league table in 2013–14.

Thanks to the club's excellent 2010–11 showing, Montpellier was awarded its first spot in the Heineken Cup tournament for 2011–12. The club returned for the 2012–13 tournament and made the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Clermont. Montpellier returned for the final edition of the Heineken Cup in 2013–14, and are participating in the successor to the Heineken Cup, the European Rugby Champions Cup, in 2014–15.

From 2011 the club has been chaired and funded by Mohed Altrad.[1]

HonoursEdit

Finals resultsEdit

Top 14Edit

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
4 June 2011 Stade Toulousain Montpellier Hérault RC 15–10 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 77,000
2 June 2018 Castres Olympique Montpellier Hérault RC 29–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79,441

European ShieldEdit

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
21 May 2004 Montpellier Hérault RC Viadana 25-19 Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma 2,553

European Challenge CupEdit

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
13 May 2016 Montpellier Hérault RC Harlequins 26-19 Grand Stade de Lyon, Lyon 28.556[2]

Current standingsEdit

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 Agen 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bayonne 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Bordeaux Bègles 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Brive 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Castres 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Clermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
7 La Rochelle 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Lyon 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Montpellier 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Pau 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Stade Français 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Toulon 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Toulouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0 0

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 squadEdit

The Montpellier squad for the 2018–19 season is:[3][a][b]

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
Bismarck du Plessis Hooker   South Africa
Vincent Giudicelli [a] Hooker   France
Romain Ruffenach Hooker   France
Daniel Brennan [a] Prop   France
Levan Chilachava Prop   Georgia
Jannie du Plessis Prop   South Africa
Grégory Fichten Prop   France
Antoine Guillamon Prop   France
Mohamed Haouas Prop   France
Mikheil Nariashvili Prop   Georgia
Yvan Watremez Prop   France
Jacques du Plessis Lock   South Africa
Nico Janse van Rensburg Lock   South Africa
Julien Le Devedec Lock   France
Konstantin Mikautadze Lock   Georgia
Paul Willemse Lock   France
Julien Bardy Back row   Portugal
Yacouba Camara Back row   France
Martin Devergie Back row   France
Kélian Galletier Back row   France
Kévin Kornath [a] Back row   France
Wiaan Liebenberg Back row   South Africa
Fulgence Ouedraogo Back row   France
Valentin Paget [a] Back row   France
Louis Picamoles Back row   France
Player Position Union
Benoît Paillaugue Scrum-half   France
Ruan Pienaar Scrum-half   South Africa
Enzo Sanga Scrum-half   France
Julien Tomas [b] Scrum-half   France
Aaron Cruden Fly-half   New Zealand
Thomas Darmon [a] Fly-half   France
Alexandre Dumoulin Centre   France
Guillaume Galletier [a] Centre   France
Joris Jurand [a] Centre   France
Vincent Martin Centre   France
Yvan Reilhac Centre   France
Jan Serfontein Centre   South Africa
François Steyn Centre   South Africa
Arthur Vincent [a] Centre   France
Nemani Nadolo Wing   Fiji
Timoci Nagusa Wing   Fiji
Gabriel N'Gandebe [a] Wing   France
Benjamin Fall Fullback   France
Johan Goosen Fullback   South Africa
Henry Immelman Fullback   South Africa
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j A young player integrated into the professional squad.[3]
  2. ^ a b Signed as a medical joker.[4]

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Savchuk, Katia (23 March 2015). "From Bedouin To Billionaire: Meet The Man Changing What It Means To Be French After Charlie Hebdo". Forbes. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/33095.php
  3. ^ a b "Effectif | MHR". Montpellier Hérault Rugby (in French). Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Officiel : Julien Tomas de retour en tant que joker médical" (Press release) (in French). Montpellier Rugby. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.

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