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Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne, commonly referred to as Agen [aʒɛ̃], is a French rugby union club based in Agen in the department of Lot-et-Garonne. They currently play in the top flight of French professional rugby, the Top 14.

SU Agen
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Full nameSporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne
Founded1908; 111 years ago (1908)
LocationAgen, France
Ground(s)Stade Armandie (Capacity: 14,000)
PresidentAlain Tingaud
Coach(es)Mauricio Reggiardo
Stéphane Prosper
Captain(s)Antoine Erbani
League(s)Top 14
2018–1912th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.agen-rugby.com

They were founded in 1908. Their home stadium is called Stade Armandie (capacity 14,000). They wear blue and white in domestic competitions. For the season 2017–18 they also wore red for European cup matches.

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1900. They made their first championship final in the 1930 season, where they met US Quillan, and defeated them 4 points to nil in Bordeaux, and thus capturing their first championship title. The club experienced some success in the coming years in the Challenge Yves du Manoir competition as well; winning it in the 1932 season and then becoming runners-up to Lyon OU in the 1933 season.

Agen would have another successful run in the 1940s, beginning with the 1943 season when they defeated Stade Bordelais 11 to 4 to win the Coupe de France. That season they also made it to the championship final; though they were defeated by Aviron Bayonnais 3 points to nil at Parc des Princes in Paris.

In 1945 they again won the title of the French championship, defeating FC Lourdes 7 points to 3 in the final in Paris. The championship was one of two titles that season, as Agen also won the Coupe de France, defeating Montferrand 14 to 13. Agen featured in one more championship that decade, losing to Toulouse 10 points to 3.

Agen were relatively quiet during the 1950s, though they again rose to prominence during the 1960s. In 1962 they again became of the champions of France after defeating Béziers 14 points to 11 in the season final. The following season they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating Brive 11 points to nil in the final. Agen became the French champions on two more occasions during the 1960s, defeating Brive in 1965 and then Dax in 1966.

The club had another successful run during the 1970s, starting with an unsuccessful Challenge Yves du Manoir final, losing to Toulon 25 points to 22. They were unsuccessful again in 1975 in the Challenge Yves du Manoir, losing to Béziers 16 points to 12 in the final. However they would then meet Béziers in the championship final of the 1976 season, and defeat them 13 to 10 to win their first championship since 1966.

Agen went through period of success in the 1980s after winning the championship in 1982, defeating Aviron Bayonnais 18 points to 9 in the final. The following season they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir as well after defeating Toulon 29 points to 7. In 1984 they again contested the championship final, though they eventually lost it to Béziers. They unsuccessfully contested it again in 1986, losing to Toulouse 16 to 6. They were also runners-up in the 1987 Challenge Yves du Manoir, losing to Grenoble. However, in 1988 they again won the championship, defeating Stadoceste Tarbais 9 to 3 in the final.

They contested the final again in the 1990 season, losing to Racing Club de France 22 points to 12. In 1992 they won the Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating RC Narbonne 23 to 18.

Professional eraEdit

In 1998 they played in their first European cup final, the European Challenge Cup, losing to fellow French team US Colomiers 43 to 5 in the final. On June 8, 2002 they lost to Biarritz Olympique in the championship final.

In recent years, one of their biggest stars has been Fijian winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca. He led the team in tries in 2005 and 2006, and led Pro D2 in that category during Agen's most recent promotion season in 2010. However, he would be dismissed from the team in September 2010 after failing to report to the team for preseason workouts (several weeks later, he would reemerge at Toulouse).

HonoursEdit

Finals resultsEdit

Finals resultsEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
18 May 1930 SU Agen US Quillan 4-0 (aet) Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 28.000
21 March 1943 Aviron Bayonnais SU Agen 3-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 28.000
7 April 1945 SU Agen FC Lourdes 7-3 Parc des Princes, Paris 30.000
13 April 1947 Stade Toulousain SU Agen 10-3 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25.000
27 May 1962 SU Agen AS Béziers 14-11 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37.705
23 May 1965 SU Agen CA Brive 15-8 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 28.758
22 May 1966 SU Agen US Dax 9-8 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 28.803
23 May 1976 SU Agen AS Béziers 13-10 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 40.300
29 May 1982 SU Agen Aviron Bayonnais 18-9 Parc des Princes, Paris 41.165
26 May 1984 AS Béziers SU Agen 21-21 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 44.076
24 May 1986 Stade Toulousain SU Agen 16-6 Parc des Princes, Paris 45.145
28 May 1988 SU Agen Stadoceste Tarbais 9-3 Parc des Princes, Paris 48.000
26 May 1990 Racing Club de France SU Agen 22-12 (aet) Parc des Princes, Paris 45.069
8 June 2002 Biarritz Olympique SU Agen 25-22 (aet) Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78.457

Challenge Yves du ManoirEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1932 SU Agen round robin Lyon OU
1933 Lyon OU round robin SU Agen
1963 SU Agen 11-0 CA Brive
1970 RC Toulon 25-22 SU Agen
1975 AS Béziers 16-12 SU Agen
1983 SU Agen 29-7 Toulon
1987 FC Grenoble 26-7 SU Agen
1992 SU Agen 23-18 RC Narbonne

Coupe de FranceEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1943 SU Agen 11-4 Stade Bordelais
1945 SU Agen 14-13 AS Montferrand

European ShieldEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
1998 US Colomiers SU Agen 43-5 Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse 12.500

Pro D2 promotion playoffsEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
2014 La Rochelle SU Agen 31–22 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 33,262
2015 SU Agen Stade Montois 16–15 Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse
2017 SU Agen US Montauban 41-20 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

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 Lyon 8 7 0 1 242 105 137 28 5 2 0 30
2 Bordeaux Bègles 8 5 1 2 241 159 82 27 13 3 1 26
3 Bayonne 8 5 0 3 197 194 3 19 21 0 1 21
4 Clermont 8 5 0 3 202 193 9 18 19 0 0 20
5 La Rochelle 8 4 0 4 160 166 -6 16 16 1 1 18
6 Toulon 8 4 0 4 184 192 -8 17 19 1 1 18
7 Montpellier 8 3 1 4 195 180 15 20 16 1 2 17
8 Pau 8 4 0 4 181 203 -22 20 23 0 1 17
9 Brive 8 4 0 4 164 205 -41 15 24 1 1 17
10 Agen 8 3 1 4 190 182 8 22 21 0 2 16
11 Castres 8 3 0 5 204 225 -21 16 22 1 1 14
12 Toulouse 8 3 0 5 161 191 -30 12 16 1 1 14
13 Racing 8 2 1 5 170 163 7 17 15 1 2 13
14 Stade Français 8 2 0 6 152 285 -133 15 32 0 1 9

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 Agen squad for the 2019–20 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
Marc Barthomeuf Hooker   France
Clément Martinez Hooker   France
Paul Ngauamo Hooker   Tonga
Loris Zarantonello Hooker   France
Alex Burin Prop   France
Corentin Chabeaudie Prop   France
Fernandez Corréa Prop   Senegal
Walter Desmaison Prop   France
Morgan Phélipponneau Prop   France
Dave Ryan Prop   Ireland
Joël Sclavi Prop   Argentina
Giorgi Tetrashvili Prop   Georgia
Kamaliele Tufele Prop   France
Malino Vanaï Prop   France
Mickaël de Marco Lock   Spain
Gauthier Maravat Lock   France
Adrian Motoc Lock   Romania
Tom Murday Lock   Australia
Pierce Phillips Lock   England
Sasha Yahi Lock   France
Andrès Zafra Lock   Colombia
Romain Briatte Back row   France
Vincent Farré Back row   France
Dylan Hayes Back row   New Zealand
Loïc Hocquet Back row   France
Jesse Jegerlehner Back row   France
Laurence Pearce Back row   England
Aurélien Ricart Back row   France
Player Position Union
Paul Abadie Scrum-half   France
Xavier Chauveau Scrum-half   France
Hugo Verdu Scrum-half   France
Léo Berdeu Fly-half   France
Raphaël Lagarde Fly-half   France
Thomas Vincent Fly-half   France
Alban Conduché Centre   France
Nathan Decron Centre   France
Aurélien Labau Centre   France
Jordan Puletua Centre   Samoa
Johann Sadie Centre   South Africa
Sam Vaka Centre   New Zealand
Julien Jané Wing   France
Benito Masilevu Wing   Fiji
Timilaï Rokoduru Wing   Fiji
Valentin Saurs Wing   France
Jamie-Jerry Taulagi Wing   Samoa
Rémi Brosset Fullback   France
Mathieu Lamoulie Fullback   France
Loris Tolot Fullback   France

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EFFECTIF VERSION 19/20". Sporting Union Agenais (in French). Retrieved 7 September 2019.

External linksEdit