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Elite One Championship

Elite One Championship
Sport Rugby League
Founded 2002
No. of teams 10
Country  France
Most recent champion(s) Pia XIII

The Elite One Championship (French: Le Championnat de France Elite) is the top tier French professional domestic rugby league competition.

The French Rugby League Championship began in 1934 but the current name and format were adopted in 2002 when the first game commenced in April. Since then the league has strengthened both on and off the pitch with members of the French national team playing in the league and growing attendances - some derby matches now get crowds of 3,000. Recently the league has grown internationally too with players from Morocco, Serbia, Russia and Algeria. The season usually runs from October to May so that fans can also attend Catalans Dragons matches. Racing Club Albi have withdrew from the 2008/9 season following financial problems. Toulouse Olympique have returned from the English Championship. They accepted an invitation for 2009. This was mainly due to by the clubs European Super League ambitions. Sporting Olympique Avignon have been promoted from LER2 to make up a league of 10 teams.


Selected games from the Elite Championship are broadcast live on Orange TV and summaries of each match Elite 1 are available to subscribers.

Teams for 2011/12 Season

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Teams currently participating in the Elite 1
Elite One Championship
Team Stadium City/Area
Avignon Bisons Stade Saint Ruf Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Racing Club Lescure-Arthès XIII Stade Jean Vidal Lescure, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées
FC Lezignan Stade du Moulin Lézignan-Corbières, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Limoux Grizzlies Stade de l'Aiguille Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Montpellier Red Devils Stade Sabathe Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon
Pia Donkeys Stade Daniel Ambert Pia, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
Toulouse Olympique Stade de la Roseraie Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Union Treiziste Catalane Stade Gilbert Brutus Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
Villeneuve Leopards Stade de la Myre Mory Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine


Year Winners Score Runner-up Venue
2002 Villeneuve Leopards 17 - 0 UTC Béziers
2002-2003 Villeneuve Leopards 34 - 18 Saint-Gaudens Bears Béziers
2003-2004 Saint-Gaudens Bears 14 - 10 UTC Béziers
2004-2005 UTC 66 - 16 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
2005-2006 Pia Donkeys 21 - 18 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse
2006-2007 Pia Donkeys 20 - 16 Lezignan Sangliers Colomiers
2007-2008 Lézignan Sangliers 26-16 Pia Donkeys Béziers
2008-2009 Lézignan Sangliers 40-32 Limoux Grizzlies Carcassonne
2009-2010 Lézignan Sangliers 33-22 Pia Donkeys Montpellier
2010-2011 Lézignan Sangliers 17-12 Limoux Grizzlies Narbonne

See also

External links

  • Google map showing location of Elite One sides
  • French rugby league federation
  • Infostreize
  • Le monde du rugby à XIII
fr:Championnat de France de rugby à XIII Élite 1
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