Rouen Normandie Rugby

Rouen Normandie Rugby is a French rugby union club from Rouen, currently playing in the second level of the country's professional rugby system, Pro D2.

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Full nameRouen Normandie Rugby
Nickname(s)Les Lions (The Lions)
Founded2009; 12 years ago (2009)
LocationRouen, France
Ground(s)Stade Jean-Mermoz (Capacity: 3,000)
Coach(es)Richard Hill
League(s)Pro D2
2020–2114th
Official website
rouennormandierugby.fr

HistoryEdit

The team origins date back to 2009, when a group of rugby fanatics from the Normandy region wanted to build a team in the city of Rouen.[1] Named Stade Rouennais, their primary objective of reaching Fédérale 2 was achieved in 2013.

Seeking further progress, Stade Rouennais hired Richard Hill, former captain of the England team and finalist of the 1991 World Cup, as General Manager in 2013. Under his management the club stabilized itself in Fédérale 2 and then gained promotion to Fédérale 1 in 2014–15.

After this meteoric rise Normand entrepreneurs Jean-Louis Louvel and Eric Leroy invested in the club by becoming the presidents. The club was renamed Rouen Normandie Rugby. The goal was to professionalize the club and extend it to all of Normandy. Richard Hill committed to the club until 2023.

These changes were beneficial, since for the first time in the history of Normandy rugby, Richard Hill lead Rouen Normandy Rugby to become Champion of France of the highest amateur level in 2016–17.

During the 2018–19 Fédérale 1 season Hill led Rouen to victory in the Jean Pratt Trophy, which automatically promoted them to Pro D2.[2]

The team plays in red and black shirts and play their home matches at the 3,000-capacity Stade Jean-Mermoz in Rouen. There are plans to build a new stadium by 2023.[3]

HonoursEdit

Current standingsEdit

The current table for the 2020–21 Rugby Pro D2 is:[4]

2020–21 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Perpignan (C, P) 30 24 1 5 821 504 +317 9 3 107
2 Vannes 30 21 2 7 722 513 +209 10 3 99
3 Biarritz (PO) 30 19 2 9 700 578 +422 7 5 91
4 Oyonnax 30 18 2 10 808 657 +151 5 5 81
5 Grenoble 30 16 1 13 666 594 +72 4 6 75
6 Colomiers 29 16 1 12 617 587 +30 8 6 74
7 Carcassonne 30 13 1 16 653 665 –12 5 7 65
8 Nevers 30 13 1 16 650 652 –2 5 5 65
9 Montauban 30 14 1 15 627 762 –99 2 3 60
10 Aurillac 30 12 1 17 557 585 –28 1 12 58
11 Mont-de-Marsan 29 11 3 15 550 662 –112 2 7 56
12 Béziers 30 10 1 19 620 671 –51 2 8 56
13 Provence 30 11 2 17 622 743 –121 1 12 55
14 Rouen 30 11 1 18 552 605 –53 1 7 54
15 Valence Romans (R) 30 9 3 18 647 804 –157 2 8 49
16 Soyaux Angoulême (R) 30 8 1 21 522 752 –230 1 8 42
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 Nationale.

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


Current squadEdit

The Rouen squad for the 2020–21 season is:[5]

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
Mathieu Bonnot Hooker   France
Fabien Dorey Hooker   France
Enzo Mondon Hooker   France
Jeremy Clamy Edroux Prop   France
Antoine Fournier Prop   France
Florent Guion Prop   France
Victor Leon Prop   Moldova
Anthony Martin Prop   France
Anthony Perenise Prop   Samoa
Phil Swainston Prop   England
Gambo Adamou Lock   Cameroon
Ollie Atkins Lock   Scotland
Lucas Cazac Lock   France
Thomas Lainault Lock   France
Jorick Dastugue Back row   France
Josefa Domolailai Back row   Fiji
Rudy Gahetau Back row   France
Jonathan Giraud Back row   France
Valentino Mapapalangi Back row   Tonga
William Takaï Back row   Tonga
Thomas Toevalu Back row   France
Fabien Vincent Back row   France
Player Position Union
Florent Campeggia Scrum-half   France
Bastien Cazale-Debat Scrum-half   France
Yohan Domenech Scrum-half   France
Matty James Fly-half   New Zealand
Pete Lydon Fly-half   Ireland
Jordan Michallet Fly-half   France
Shane O'Leary Fly-half   Canada
Josh Drauniniu Centre   England
Tamaz Mchedlidze Centre   Georgia
Malakai Radikedike Centre   Fiji
Mosese Ratuvou Centre   Fiji
Akuila Tabualevu Centre   Fiji
Dean Adamson Wing   England
Bastien Fuster Wing   Spain
David Lemi Wing   Samoa
Belgium Tuatagaloa Wing   Samoa
Marika Vunibaka Wing   Fiji
Kevin Milhorat Fullback   France
Antoine Renaud Fullback   France

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Histoire". Rouen Normandie Rugby (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Rouen Normandie Rugby sacré champion de France de Fédérale 1 au terme d'un match renversant". actu.fr (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Un nouveau stade de rugby construit dans quatre ans au sud de Rouen ?". actu.fr (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Le Groupe Pro" (in French). Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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