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Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée (also known as RCNM) is a French rugby union club that play in the third-level Federale 1.

Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée
Full nameRacing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée
Founded1907; 112 years ago (1907)
LocationNarbonne, France
Ground(s)Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié (Capacity: 12,000)
PresidentBernard Archilla
Coach(es)Christian Labit,
Steve Kefu and
Sébastien Buada
League(s)Fédérale 1
2017–18Rugby Pro D2, 16th (relegated)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.rcnm.com

They are based in Narbonne in Occitania. They were founded in 1907. They play at Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié (capacity 12,000). They wear orange and black.

HistoryEdit

RC Narbonne were established in 1907. The club's first appearance in the domestic championship final came in May 1932, where they faced Lyon in Bordeaux. However, Narbonne were not able to capture their first title, as Lyon would go on to win the final 9 points to three. The following season Narbonne again made it to the final of the league, and once again, Lyon were their opponents. Again played in Bordeaux, Lyon were victorious once again, defeating Narbonne 10 points to three. However, by 1936 Narbonne were once again finalists of the French championship, and on May 10 in Toulouse they defeated Montferrand 6 points to three, claiming their first ever championship.

In 1967 Narbonne contested the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir, playing FC Lourdes (the 1966 Challenge Yves du Manoir champions). FC Lourdes held onto their title, defeating Narbonne 9 points to three. However the following season, Narbonne were again finalists, and won their first Challenge Yves du Manoir title, defeating Dax 14 points to six.

The 1970s were another successful era for RC Narbonne. In 1973 Narbonne captured their first Challenge Yves du Manoir title since the 1968 season, defeating Béziers 13 points to six. 1974 was a great season for Narbonne; they successfully defended their Challenge Yves du Manoir title by defeating CA Brive in the final, they were also runners-up in the main French championship, being defeated by their 1973 Challenge Yves du Manoir opponents AS Béziers (16 points to 14). In 1978 Narbonne again won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, being awarded the title after drawing 19-all with AS Béziers due to them scoring more tries. 1979 was a very successful year for Narbonne; they were able to hold on to their Challenge Yves du Manoir title, defeating AS Montferrand 9 points to seven, as well as the Challenge Yves du Manoir, Narbonne won the French championship (for the first time since 1936), defeating Stade Bagnérais 10 to nil at Parc des Princes in the final.

Narbonne would also win a number of honours during the 1980s. The club were runners-up in the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1982, losing to US Dax 19 points to 22 in the final. Narbonne won it again in 1984, defeating Toulouse 17 points to 13 in the final. In 1985 Narbonne won the Coupe de France, defeating AS Béziers 28 to 27 after extra time. In 1989 Narbonne won the Challenge Yves du Manoir again, defeating Biarritz 18 points to 12. The club won it again in 1990, defeating Grenoble 24 to 19 in the final. Narbonne made it three in a row after winning the 1991 Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating CA Bègles 24 to 19 in the final game. Narbonne came close to winning the Challenge Yves du Manoir four times in a row, but lost to SU Agen 23-18 in the final. In 2001 Narbonne were runners-up in the European Challenge Cup, losing to the Harlequins 42 to 33 in the final.

The Club has been owned by an Australian Consortium since 2012. The consortium includes Bob Dwyer, Rocky Elsom, Pete O'Connell and Chris Bayman. RCNM made the finals of ProD2 in 2013/14 season losing narrowly to SG Agen. This was achieved with the smallest player budget in the League[1] and the innovation in recruitment, preparation and training enabled the club to perform well above expectation.

HonoursEdit

Finals resultsEdit

French championshipEdit

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
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
10 May 1936 RC Narbonne AS Montferrand 6-3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
12 May 1974 AS Béziers RC Narbonne 16-14 Parc des Princes, Paris 40,609
27 May 1979 RC Narbonne Stade Bagnérais 10-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 41,981

Challenge Yves du ManoirEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1967 FC Lourdes 9-3 RC Narbonne
1968 RC Narbonne 14-6 US Dax
1973 RC Narbonne 13-6 AS Béziers
1974 RC Narbonne 19-10 CA Brive
1978 RC Narbonne 19-19
(more tries scored)
AS Béziers
1979 RC Narbonne 9-7 AS Montferrand
1982 US Dax 22-19 RC Narbonne
1984 RC Narbonne 17-13 Stade Toulousain
1989 RC Narbonne 18-12 Biarritz Olympique
1990 RC Narbonne 24-19 FC Grenoble
1991 RC Narbonne 24-19 CA Bègles
1992 SU Agen 23-18 RC Narbonne

Coupe de FranceEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1985 RC Narbonne 28-27 (a.e.t.) AS Béziers

European Challenge CupEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
2001 Harlequins 42-33 RC Narbonne

Current standingsEdit

The current table for the 2017–18 Rugby Pro D2 is:[2]

2017–18 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Perpignan (C) 30 20 1 9 919 571 +348 12 2 97
2 Montauban 30 20 2 8 679 546 +133 4 4 92
3 Grenoble (P) 30 20 1 9 775 667 +108 4 2 88
4 Mont-de-Marsan 30 17 0 13 753 540 +213 12 5 84
5 Béziers 30 19 1 10 756 670 +86 4 2 84
6 Biarritz 30 17 0 13 789 694 +95 7 5 80
7 Nevers 30 15 0 15 656 580 +76 6 3 69
8 Bayonne 30 14 1 15 732 764 –32 5 6 69
9 Colomiers 30 14 1 15 637 678 –41 6 5 69
10 Vannes 30 12 0 18 721 739 –18 6 8 62
11 Aurillac 30 13 1 16 641 716 –75 2 5 61
12 Massy 30 13 0 17 633 682 –49 2 5 59
13 Soyaux Angoulême 30 13 1 16 592 661 –69 2 3 59
14 Carcassonne 30 11 0 19 585 767 –182 4 5 53
15 Dax 30 9 1 20 602 767 –165 2 6 46
16 Narbonne 30 7 2 21 547 975 –428 2 1 35
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.
Yellow background denotes winner of the promotion play-off final.
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 Narbonne squad for 2017–18 season is:[3]

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
Mehdi Boundjema Hooker   France
Cyril Deligny Hooker   France
Clément Estériola Hooker   France
Dale Chadwick Prop   South Africa
Nicolas Chocou Prop   France
Tapu Falatea Prop   Tonga
Jean-Luc Innocente Prop   France
Salesi Ma'afu Prop   Australia
Hugo Pirlet Prop   France
Neemia Tialata Prop   New Zealand
Callam Falconer Prop   Australia
Siaosi Mahoni Lock   United States
Romain Manchia Lock   France
Maselino Paulino Lock   Samoa
Nic Strauss Lock   South Africa
Pelu Taele Lock   Samoa
Paul Belzons Flanker   France
Benjamin Collet Flanker   France
Lucas Guillaume Flanker   Spain
David Tameilau Flanker   United States
Thomas Toevalu Flanker   France
Beka Bitsadze Number 8   Georgia
Yassine Jarmouni Number 8   France
Player Position Union
Arthur Aziza Scrum-half   France
Pierrick Nova Scrum-half   France
Sébastien Rouet Scrum-half   Spain
Stephen Brett Fly-half   New Zealand
Pierre-Alexandre Dut Fly-half   France
Thomas Fournil Fly-half   France
Paolo Pescetto Fly-half   Italy
Clint Eadie Centre   Australia
Sébastien Giorgis Centre   France
Brieuc Plessis Couillard Centre   France
Leone Ravuetaki Centre   Fiji
Saia Fekitoa Wing   Tonga
Hosea Gear Wing   New Zealand
Sakiusa Navakadretia Wing   Fiji
Segundo Tuculet Wing   Argentina
Guillaume Cazes Fullback   France
Léo Griffoul Fullback   France
Orlando Stott Fullback   France

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rapport DNACG" (PDF). LNR. LNR. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ "L'équipe". Racing Club Narbonne Méditerranée (in French). 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.

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