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2015–16 Top 14 season

2015–16 Top 14
Countries  France
Date 22 August 2015 – 24 June 2016
Matches played 49
Attendance 301,631 (average 6,156 per match)
Tries scored 208 (average 4.245 per match)
Top point scorer Camille Lopez (Clermont)
(91 points)
Top try scorer Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)
(5 tries)
Official website
.fr.lnrwww
2014–15
2016–17

The 2015–16 Top 14 competition is a French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Two new teams from the 2014–15 Pro D2 season were promoted to Top 14 this year, Agen and Pau in place of the two relegated teams, Bayonne and Lyon. Home-and-away play will begin on 22 August 2015 and will continue through to 23 May 2016. This will be followed by a playoff stage involving the top six teams, culminating in the final on 24 June 2016 at Camp Nou in Barcelona. The final was moved from its traditional site of Stade de France in Saint-Denis because of conflict with UEFA Euro 2016.[1]

Contents

  • Teams 1
  • Competition format 2
  • Table 3
  • Relegation 4
  • Fixtures 5
    • Round 1 5.1
    • Round 2 5.2
    • Round 3 5.3
    • Round 4 5.4
    • Round 5 5.5
    • Round 6 5.6
    • Round 7 5.7
    • Round 8 5.8
    • Round 9 5.9
    • Round 10 5.10
    • Round 11 5.11
    • Round 12 5.12
    • Round 13 5.13
    • Round 14 5.14
    • Round 15 5.15
    • Round 16 5.16
    • Round 17 5.17
    • Round 18 5.18
    • Round 19 5.19
    • Round 20 5.20
    • Round 21 5.21
    • Round 22 5.22
    • Round 23 5.23
    • Round 24 5.24
    • Round 25 5.25
    • Round 26 5.26
  • Playoffs 6
    • Quarter-finals 6.1
    • Semi-finals 6.2
    • Final 6.3
  • Leading scorers 7
    • Top points scorers 7.1
    • Top try scorers 7.2
  • Notes and references 8
  • See also 9
  • External links 10

Teams

Club Full name City (department) Stadium
SU Agen Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie
Union Bordeaux Bègles Union Bordeaux Bègles Bordeaux (Gironde) Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux)
Stade André Moga (Bègles)[a 1]
CA Brive Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) Stade Amédée-Domenech
Castres Olympique Castres Olympique Castres (Tarn) Stade Pierre-Antoine
ASM Clermont Auvergne Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
FC Grenoble Football Club Grenoble Rugby Grenoble (Isère) Stade des Alpes[a 2]
Montpellier Hérault Rugby Montpellier Hérault Rugby Montpellier (Hérault) Altrad Stadium
Oyonnax Rugby Union Sportive Oyonnax Rugby Oyonnax (Ain) Stade Charles-Mathon
Section Paloise Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade du Hameau
Racing 92 Racing 92 Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir[a 3]
Stade Rochelais Atlantique Stade Rochelais La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Stade Français Paris Stade Français Club Athlétique des Sports Généraux Paris, 16th arrondissement Stade Jean-Bouin
RC Toulonnais Rugby Club Toulonnais Toulon (Var) Stade Mayol[a 4]
Stade Toulousain Stade Toulousain Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Stade Ernest-Wallon[a 5]
  1. ^ Since 2012–13, Bordeaux Bègles have played most of their home matches at the larger Stade Chaban-Delmas instead of their traditional home of Stade André-Moga.[2]
  2. ^ Grenoble's traditional home is Stade Lesdiguières; however, beginning in 2012–13, they moved high-demand home matches to the larger Stade des Alpes.[3] Starting in 2014–15, they became the primary tenants of Stade des Alpes.
  3. ^ In recent years, Racing has taken occasional home matches to Stade de France, MMArena in Le Mans, and Stade Océane in Le Havre.
  4. ^ In recent years, Toulon has taken occasional home matches to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and Allianz Riviera in Nice.
  5. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal, but has not done so since a major renovation project on that venue began in 2013.

Competition format

The top six teams at the end of the regular season (after all the teams played one another twice, once at home, once away) enter a knockout stage to decide the Champions of France. This consists of three rounds: the teams finishing third to sixth in the table play quarter-finals (hosted by the third and fourth placed teams). The winners then face the top two teams in the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in the final at Stade de France.

The LNR uses a slightly different bonus points system from that used in most other rugby competitions. It trialled a new system in 2007–08 explicitly designed to prevent a losing team from earning more than one bonus point in a match,[4] a system that also made it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match. LNR chose to continue with this system for subsequent seasons.[5]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[5]

  • 4 points for a win.
  • 2 points for a draw.
  • 1 bonus point for winning while scoring at least 3 more tries than the opponent. This replaces the standard bonus point for scoring 4 tries regardless of the match result.
  • 1 bonus point for losing by 5 points (or less). The margin had been 7 points until being changed prior to the 2014–15 season.

Table

2015–16 Top 14 Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Clermont 7 5 1 1 232 109 +123 26 9 5 1 28
2 Racing 7 6 0 1 150 126 +24 14 8 0 0 24
3 Toulouse 7 5 0 2 169 104 +65 17 9 0 2 22
4 Montpellier 7 5 0 2 198 158 +40 23 10 2 0 22
5 Bordeaux 7 4 1 2 150 145 +5 7 12 0 1 19
6 Grenoble 7 4 0 3 182 168 +14 19 19 2 0 18
7 Brive 7 4 0 3 126 126 0 7 11 0 2 18
8 Toulon 7 3 0 4 212 153 +59 23 14 2 3 17
9 La Rochelle 7 2 0 5 131 193 −62 13 18 1 2 11
10 Castres 7 2 0 5 140 186 −46 14 16 1 1 10
11 Oyonnax 7 2 0 5 160 232 −72 15 27 2 0 10
12 Stade Français 7 2 0 5 143 168 −25 13 16 0 1 9
13 Pau 7 2 0 5 114 192 −78 9 21 0 1 9
14 Agen 7 2 0 5 124 171 −47 8 10 0 0 8

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 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) indicates the team that may qualify for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup. To facilitate the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there will be no play-offs for the Champions Cup with the 20th place going to the winner of the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup if not already qualified.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 1 November 2015

Relegation

Normally, the teams that finish in 13th and 14th places in the table are relegated to Pro D2 at the end of the season. In certain circumstances, "financial reasons" may cause a higher placed team to be demoted instead. This last happened at the end of the 2009–10 season when 12th place Montauban were relegated thereby reprieving 13th place Bayonne.

Fixtures

The outline fixtures schedule was announced in May 2015.

Round 1

21 August 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 22–27 Racing
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,612[6]
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
22 August 2015
14:45
La Rochelle 6–44 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000[7]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
22 August 2015
18:30
Bordeaux 19–16 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 19,712[8]
Referee: Romain Poite
22 August 2015
18:30
Toulouse 24–7 Brive
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,003[9]
Referee: Thomas Charabas
22 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 35–19 Oyonnax
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,850[10]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
22 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Grenoble 38–23 Agen
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000[11]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
23 August 2015
16:15
Stade Français 34–18 Pau
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,000[12]
Referee: Salem Attalah

Round 2

28 August 2015
21:00
(1 BP) Clermont 25–6 Grenoble
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 15,987[13]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
29 August 2015
14:45
Agen 9–20 Toulouse
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 11,613[14]
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
29 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Oyonnax 37–19 Bordeaux
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 11,000[15]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
29 August 2015
18:30
Racing 20–19 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,192[16]
Referee: Tual Trainini
29 August 2015
18:30
Pau 26–16 Montpellier
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,500[17]
Referee: Cyril Lafon
29 August 2015
20:45
Brive 22–13 Stade Français
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,224[18]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
30 August 2015
17:00
(1 BP) Castres 24–9 Toulon
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 10,475[19]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

Round 3

5 September 2015
14:35
Oyonnax 24–41 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 15,000[20]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
5 September 2015
16:00
(1 BP) Grenoble 41–15 Pau
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 11,000[21]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
5 September 2015
16:00
La Rochelle 21–18 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 14,867[22]
Referee: Salem Attalah
5 September 2015
16:00
Agen 30–18 Racing
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,292[23]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
5 September 2015
16:35
Toulouse 37–20 Castres
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,000[24]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
6 September 2015
16:15
(1 BP) Bordeaux 22–24 Montpellier
Report
6 September 2015
21:00
Stade Français 13–20 Toulon
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 13,866[25]
Referee: Thomas Charabas

Round 4

11 September 2015
20:45
Castres 35–26 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Referee: Tual Trainini
12 September 2015
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 45–24 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Mayol
Referee: Cyril Lafon
12 September 2015
18:30
Racing 23–14 Grenoble
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Referee: Salem Attalah
12 September 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 44–20 Stade Français
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,875[26]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
12 September 2015
18:30
Clermont 26–26 Bordeaux
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 15,672[27]
Referee: Thomas Charabas
13 September 2015
12:30
Brive 18–12 Agen
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,891[28]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
13 September 2015
17:00
Pau 9–6 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 14,000[29]
Referee: Adrien Descottes

Round 5

16 October 2015
19:45
Agen 16–31 Bordeaux
Report
16 October 2015
19:45
(1 BP) Clermont 35–10 Pau
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Referee: Cédric Marchat
16 October 2015
19:45
Grenoble 19–30 Montpellier
Report
Stade des Alpes
Referee: Sébastien Minery
16 October 2015
19:45
Oyonnax 9–18 Racing
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
16 October 2015
19:45
Stade Français 22–9 Castres
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Referee: Cyril Lafon
16 October 2015
21:00
Toulouse 39–22 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Referee: Maxime Chalon
17 October 2015
14:45
Brive 29–26 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Referee: Salem Attalah

Round 6

23 October 2015
19:45
Racing 27–18 Stade Français
Report
24 October 2015
14:00
Castres 23–31 Grenoble
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Referee: Laurent Cardona
24 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Pau 13–18 Brive
Report
Stade du Hameau
Referee: Tual Trainini
24 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Toulon 61–3 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Mayol
Referee: Sébastien Minery
24 October 2015
14:30
Bordeaux 12–10 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
24 October 2015
20:45
Montpellier 24–19 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Referee: Cyril Lafon
25 October 2015
12:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 23–6 Agen
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Referee: Adrien Descottes

Round 7

31 October 2015
14:00
Agen 28–23 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
31 October 2015
14:00
Bordeaux 21–16 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Referee: Cédric Marchat
31 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Oyonnax 42–23 Pau
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Referee: Thomas Charabas
31 October 2015
14:00
Racing 17–14 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Referee: Sébastien Minery
31 October 2015
14:30
Montpellier 25–33 Toulouse
Report
Altrad Stadium
Referee: Laurent Cardona
31 October 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Clermont 42–13 Castres
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Referee: Maxime Chalon
1 November 2015
16:15
Grenoble 33–29 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Referee: Cyril Lafon

Round 8

Weekend of 7 November 2015

Round 9

Weekend of 28 November 2015

Round 10

Weekend of 5 December 2015

Round 11

Weekend of 27 December 2015

Round 12

Weekend of 2 January 2016

Round 13

Weekend of 9 January 2016

Round 14

Weekend of 30 January 2016

Round 15

Weekend of 19 February 2016

Round 16

Weekend of 27 February 2016

Round 17

Weekend of 5 March 2016

Round 18

Weekend of 11 March 2016

Round 19

Weekend of 26 March 2016

Round 20

Weekend of 02 April 2016

Round 21

Weekend of 16 April 2016

Round 22

Weekend of 30 April 2016

Round 23

Weekend of 7 May 2016

Round 24

Weekend of 21 May 2016

Round 25

Weekend of 28 May 2016

Round 26

Weekend of 4 June 2016

Playoffs

Quarter-finals

11 June 2016


12 June 2016

Semi-finals

19 June 2016


20 June 2016

Final

24 June 2016

Leading scorers

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Notes and references

  1. ^ "La Finale 2016 du TOP 14 au Camp Nou, à Barcelone !" (Press release) (in French). Ligue nationale de rugby. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Abonnement saison complète 2013-2014" (in French). www.ubbrugby.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "ABONNEMENTS SAISON 2013-2014" (in French). www.fcgrugby.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "French try out new bonus point system". Planet-Rugby.com. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  5. ^ a b """Article 330, Section 3.2. Points "terrain (PDF). Règlements de la Ligue Nationale de Rugby 2008/2009, Chapitre 2 : Règlement sportif du Championnat de France Professionnel (in French).  
  6. ^ "Toulon - Racing 92 (22-27)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "La Rochelle - Clermont (6-44)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bordeaux-Bègles - Castres (19-16)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Toulouse - Brive (24-7)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Montpellier - Oyonnax (35-19)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Grenoble - Agen (38-23)". L'Équipe. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Stade Français - Pau (34-18)". L'Équipe. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Un 10 Sur 10 Pour Débuter L'Année !" (in French). ASM Clermont Auvergne. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Agen - Toulouse (9-20)". L'Équipe. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Oyonnax - Nordeaux-Bègles (37-19)". L'Équipe. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Racing 92 - La Rochelle (20-19)". L'Équipe. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pau - Montpellier (26-16)". L'Équipe. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Brive - Stade Francais (22-13)". L'Équipe. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Castres - Toulon (24-9)". L'Équipe. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Clermont Insatiable Impose un Train d'Enfer !" (in French). ASM Clermont Auvergne. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "Grenoble - Pau (41-15)". L'Équipe. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "La Rochelle - Brive (21-18)". L'Équipe. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Agen - Racing 92 (30-18)". L'Équipe. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Le Stade Maintient le Cap" (in French). Stade Toulousain. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Stade Français - Toulon (13-20)". L'Équipe. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  26. ^ "Montpellier - Stade Français (44-20)". L'Équipe. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  27. ^ "Clermont Revient de Loin et Préserve Son Invincibilité !" (Press release) (in French). ASM Clermont Auvergne. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  28. ^ "Brive - Agen (18-12)". L'Équipe. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  29. ^ "Pau - Toulouse (9-6)". L'Équipe. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 

See also

External links

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