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Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées ({pronounced [sɛksjɔ̃ palwaz beaʁn piʁene], Occitan: Seccion Paulina Bearn Pirenèus or Seccion Palenca), commonly called Pau [po], is a French rugby union club from Pau in Pyrénées-Atlantiques competing in Top 14, the highest level of the French league system. They most recently earned promotion by winning the championship of the second-level Rugby Pro D2 in 2015, nine years after having been relegated from the top flight.[1]

Pau
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Full nameSection Paloise Béarn Pyrénées
Founded1902; 117 years ago (1902)
LocationPau, France
Ground(s)Stade du Hameau (Capacity: 18,324)
PresidentBernard Pontneau
Coach(es)Simon Mannix
League(s)Top 14
2018–1911th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.section-paloise.com

HistoryEdit

They were founded in 1902 as Section Paloise de la Ligue Girondine before adopting their current name in 1905, which refers to the ancient region of Béarn and to the Pyrenees mountains. Section Paloise first joined the French first division in 1911, and were crowned champions for the first time in 1928. "La Section" have won the French Championship on three occasions, the last being in 1964. They have, however, reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and Top 14 as recently as 1998 and 2000, respectively. Section Paloise also added to their trophy case in 2000, winning the European Challenge Cup. At the end of the 2004–05 season, "La Section" survived a play-off game with Aurillac to remain in the Top 16. However, they were relegated the following season, and would remain in Pro D2 until earning promotion for the 2015–16 season. The club colors are green and white and their home ground is the Stade du Hameau (capacity 18,324). They are sponsored by French petroleum company Total.

Recent France internationals Imanol Harinordoquy, Damien Traille, and Lionel Beauxis began their professional club careers with Section Paloise.

Club honoursEdit

Finals resultsEdit

French championshipEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
6 May 1928 Section Paloise US Quillan 6-4 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 20.000
24 March 1946 Section Paloise FC Lourdes 11-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 30.000
24 May 1964 Section Paloise AS Béziers 14-0 Stade Municipal, Toulouse 27.797

Challenge CupEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2000 Section Paloise Castres Olympique 34-21 Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse 6.000
21 May 2005 Sale Sharks Section Paloise 27-3 Kassam Stadium, Oxford 7.230

Pro D2 promotion playoffsEdit

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Attendance
27 May 2012 Stade Montois Section Paloise 29–20 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 23,928

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 9 8 0 1 287 122 165 33 7 3 0 35
2 Bordeaux Bègles 9 6 1 2 264 159 105 29 13 3 1 30
3 Bayonne 9 5 0 4 200 203 -3 19 21 0 1 21
4 Pau 9 5 0 4 190 206 -16 20 23 0 1 21
5 Toulon 9 4 1 4 203 211 -8 18 20 1 1 20
6 Clermont 9 5 0 4 210 227 -17 19 23 0 0 20
7 Montpellier 9 3 2 4 214 199 15 21 17 1 2 19
8 Toulouse 9 4 0 5 195 199 -4 16 17 2 1 19
9 Racing 9 3 1 5 195 172 23 20 15 2 2 18
10 Castres 9 4 0 5 232 251 -19 19 24 1 1 18
11 La Rochelle 9 4 0 5 177 211 -34 18 21 1 1 18
12 Brive 9 4 0 5 190 233 -43 17 27 1 1 18
13 Agen 9 3 1 5 190 205 -15 22 23 0 2 16
14 Stade Français 9 2 0 8 161 310 -149 15 35 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 Pau squad for the 2019–20 season is:[2]

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
Rayne Barka Hooker   France
Quentin Lespiaucq-Brettes Hooker   France
Lucas Rey Hooker   France
Lourens Adriaanse Prop   South Africa
Mohamed Boughanmi Prop   France
Ignacio Calles Prop   Argentina
Nicolas Corato Prop   France
Siegfried Fisi'ihoi Prop   Tonga
Malik Hamadache Prop   France
Geoffrey Moïse Prop   Portugal
Omar Odishvili Prop   Georgia
Lucas Pointud Prop   France
Julien Delannoy Lock   France
Dan Malafosse Lock   France
Denis Marchois Lock   France
Fabrice Metz Lock   France
Daniel Ramsay Lock   New Zealand
Antoine Erbani Back row   France
Clément Fournier Back row   France
Pierrick Gunther Back row   France
Giovanni Habel-Kuffner Back row   Samoa
Baptiste Pesenti Back row   France
Martin Puech Back row   France
Lekima Tagitagivalu Back row   Fiji
Matthieu Ugena Back row   France
Dominiko Waqaniburotu Back row   Fiji
Luke Whitelock Back row   New Zealand
Player Position Union
Thibault Daubagna Scrum-half   France
Clovis Le Bail Scrum-half   France
Samuel Marques Scrum-half   Portugal
Antoine Hastoy Fly-half   France
Colin Slade Fly-half   New Zealand
Tom Taylor Fly-half   New Zealand
Baptiste Couchinave Centre   France
Alexandre Dumoulin Centre   France
Julien Fumat Centre   France
Florian Nicot Centre   France
Pierre Nueno Centre   France
Atila Septar Centre   France
Benson Stanley Centre   New Zealand
Jale Vatubua Centre   Fiji
Eoghan Barrett Wing   Ireland
Marvin Lestremau Wing   France
Vincent Pinto Wing   France
Bastien Pourailly Wing   France
Ben Smith Wing   New Zealand
Watisoni Votu Wing   Fiji
Charly Malié Fullback   Spain
Jesse Mogg Fullback   Australia

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PRO D2, J27 - Pau – Montauban : la Section retrouve l'élite" (Press release). Ligue nationale de rugby. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Effectif". Section Paloise (in French). Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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