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Pro D2

 

Pro D2

Rugby Pro D2
Current season or competition:
2013–14 Rugby Pro D2 season
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Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
No. of teams 16
Country  France
Most recent champion(s) Oyonnax

Rugby Pro D2, also known as Pro D2 is the second level of domestic club rugby union in France, below the first division, Top 14. The competition was introduced in 2000. There is relegation and promotion between both the Top 14 and Fédérale 1, the third-level competition. The top club at the end of the season is automatically promoted to the Top 14; the 2nd through 5th place teams play each other for the second promotion place.

The bottom two are automatically relegated to Fédérale 1. The bottom two clubs of the Top 14 and the top two of Fédérale 1 then enter the Rugby Pro D2 for the next season. There are 30 rounds in the regular season, with each team playing each other team home and away. The two halves of the season are played in the same order, with the away team in the first half of the season at home in the second half. The semi-finals and final take place in May, with the second- and third-place teams hosting the semi-finals and the final taking place at a predetermined site. At present, 16 clubs compete in the competition.

All promotions are contingent on passing a postseason financial audit required for all clubs. Also, if a club above the bottom two places fails the audit, it may be relegated in the place of a club that would otherwise have been relegated.

Current teams

2013–14 season

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Agen
Narbonne
Location of teams in Rugby Pro D2 2013–14
Club City Stadium
SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie
SC Albi Albi (Tarn) Stadium Municipal d'Albi
FC Auch Gers Auch (Gers) Stade du Moulias
Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne Aurillac (Cantal) Stade Jean Alric
AS Béziers Hérault Béziers (Hérault) Stade de la Méditerranée
CS Bourgoin-Jallieu Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère) Stade Pierre Rajon
Union Sportive Bressane Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain) Stade Marcel-Verchère
US Carcassonne Carcassonne (Aude) Stade Albert Domec
US Colomiers Colomiers (Haute-Garonne) Stade Michel Bendichou
US Dax Dax (Landes) Stade Maurice Boyau
Atlantique Stade Rochelais La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Lyon OU Lyon (Rhône) Matmut Stadium
Stade Montois Mont-de-Marsan (Landes) Stade Guy Boniface
RC Narbonne Narbonne (Aude) Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié
Section Paloise Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade du Hameau
Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) Stade Maurice Trélut

Changes in the lineup from 2012–13 were:

  • Oyonnax won the 2012–13 Pro D2 title and were thereby automatically promoted to the Top 14. Brive won the promotion playoffs to secure the second promotion place.
  • The bottom two finishers in 2012–13, Massy and Pays d'Aix, were relegated from Pro D2 to Fédérale 1.
  • The two bottom finishers in the 2012–13 Top 14 season, Agen and Mont-de-Marsan, were relegated to Pro D2.
  • The two finalists in Fédérale 1, champion Bourg-en-Bresse and runner-up Bourgoin, earned promotion. Bourgoin had been forcibly relegated to Fédérale 1 for financial reasons at the end of the 2011–12 season[1] and initially there was doubt about whether they would be promoted back to Pro D2 (which would have reprieved Pays d'Aix). On 27 June 2013, LNR's financial watchdog, the DNACG (Direction nationale d’aide et de contrôle de gestion) permitted the promotion.[2]

Table

Template:Current Rugby Pro D2 Table

Previous seasons

Season Champion Play-off winner
2013–14 TBA TBA
2012–13 Oyonnax Brive
2011–12 Grenoble Mont-de-Marsan
2010–11 Lyon Bordeaux-Bègles
2009–10 Agen La Rochelle
2008–09 Racing Métro Albi
2007–08 Toulon Mont-de-Marsan
2006–07 Auch Dax
2005–06 Montauban Albi
Runner-up
2004–05 Toulon Only one promotion as the Top16 became Top14.
2003–04 Auch Bayonne
Lost the play-off final to Auch
2002–03 Montpellier Brive
2001–02 Mont-de-Marsan Grenoble
2000–01 Montauban Only one promotion as the top division reduced from 21 to 16 teams.

Notes and references

See also

External links

  • (French) Ligue Nationale de Rugby – Official website
  • (French) Midi Olympique
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