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SC Albi

Albi
Full name Sporting Club Albigeois
Founded 1906 (1906)
Location Albi, France
Ground(s) Stadium Municipal d'Albi (Capacity: 13,058)
President Bernard Archilla
Coach(es) Jean Christophe Bacca
Henri Broncan
Captain(s) Vincent Clément
League(s) Pro D2
2013–14 12th
Official website
.fr.sca-albiwww

Sporting Club Albigeois is a professional French rugby union club playing the second-level Rugby Pro D2. During the past years it went back and forth between Top 14, the highest level of the French league system and the second-level Rugby Pro D2. Their last time in the Top 14 was for 2009–10 after winning the 2008–09 promotion playoffs. The previous one began in 2006 and came to an end after the 2007–08 season due to financial issues. Founded in 1907, the club plays at the Stadium municipal d'Albi (capacity 12,000). They wear black and yellow. They are based in Albi in Midi-Pyrénées.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Honours 2
  • Current standings 3
  • Current squad 4
  • Notable former players 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Sporting Club Albigeois was founded in December 1906 as a sportsclub where, in addition to rugby, tennis and running were practiced. Their first title came in 1926 when they beat Stade Toulousain in the final of the highly competitive championnat des Pyrénées (Pyrénées league).

In 1940, the Vichy regime forced towns with a population below 50,000 to merge their sports clubs in single entities. (UA Gaillac is another rugby union example). Vichy also targeted the professional rugby league and Albi was forced to bring together the two local clubs, S.C. Albi and R.C. Albi XIII under the name Albi Olympique.

In 1945, each club went its way and recovered its previous name. In 1949, SC Albi reached the First Division. In 1955, it qualified for the playoffs, managing to oust the prestigious Racing Club de France in the first round, before going down to Romans in the round of 16.

Until the 1980s, Albi went through regular ups-and-downs between the first and second divisions (Div 1 1961-1970, 1973–75, 1977–79, Div 2, 1957 – 1959, 1970–73, 1975–77, 1979–85). Their only notable performance was another playoff win against Toulouse in 1974. Albi remained in the second or third divisions until 2000.

The millennium was very favourable for Albi. The club reached three consecutive third division finals, all lost, in 2000, 2001 et 2002, to FC Oloron Sainte-Marie, Oyonnax and Tours. However, the professional Pro D2 offered two promotion spots in 2002 and Albi was back in the second division.

It took them four more years to take the last step. After finishing second to US Montauban in the 2006 regular season, they went on to beat AS Béziers and US Dax in the promotion playoffs and secure the final spot in the élite league Top 14. They remained in Top 14 until the 2007-08 season. Although they finished 12th that season, which would normally have kept them in the top flight, they were forcibly relegated to Pro D2 due to financial issues.

The following season, they finished third on the regular-season table, qualifying for the promotion playoffs. Their home playoff semifinal against La Rochelle ended 12–12 in regulation. Each team slotted a penalty in extra time, which ended 15–15. Under French rules, the first tiebreaker in such a situation is fewest red cards. Since neither side had a player sent off, the next tiebreaker is number of tries, followed by number of penalties scored. Albi went through because they had kicked 5 penalties to La Rochelle's 4 (and one drop goal). They defeated Oyonnax 14–12 in the playoff final on 31 May 2009 in Montpellier to secure their place in the Top 14 2009-2010 season.

By April 2010 the club had already been relegated from the Top 14 after recording only 3 wins all season.[1]

Honours

  • French league, Division 1: (predecessor to today's Top 14)
    • Round of 16 : 1955, 1974
  • Rugby Pro D2:
    • Promotion playoff winners: 2006, 2009
  • French League, Division 1, B Group: (second division; predecessor to today's Pro D2)
    • semi-final: 1980, 1986
  • French league, Nationale 1: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2000
  • French league, Promotion Nationale: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2001
  • French league, Fédérale 1: (Div 3, highest amateur level)
    • Runner-up: 2002
  • Championnat des Pyrénées:
    • Winner 1926

Current standings

Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 7 6 0 1 211 124 +87 2 1 27
2 Aurillac 7 5 0 2 231 161 +70 3 1 24
3 Bayonne 7 5 0 2 184 163 +21 1 1 22
4 Perpignan 7 5 0 2 170 120 +50 0 2 22
5 Albi 7 4 0 3 139 138 +1 1 1 18
6 Béziers 7 4 0 3 187 161 +26 0 1 17
7 Colomiers 7 4 0 3 153 156 -3 1 0 17
8 Mont De Marsan 7 3 0 4 162 132 +30 1 3 16
9 Narbonne 7 3 0 4 146 154 -8 0 2 14
10 Montauban 7 3 0 4 137 176 −39 0 2 14
11 Tarbes 7 3 0 4 140 151 -11 0 1 13
12 Dax 7 3 0 4 150 178 –28 0 1 13
13 Provence Rugby 7 3 0 4 132 175 −43 0 0 12
14 Bourgoin 7 2 0 5 129 151 −22 0 3 11
15 Carcassonne 7 2 0 5 120 207 –87 0 1 9
16 Biarritz 7 1 0 6 109 153 −44 0 2 6
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14.
Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

Note: When two teams have the same points total, position is calculated by results between teams before points difference.

Current squad

2012–13 season

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
Malik Djebablah Hooker France
Cyriac Ponneau Hooker France
Vakhtangi Akhobadze Prop Georgia
Bastien Dedieu Prop France
Malik Hamaddache Prop France
Younes El Jai Prop France
Nicolas Frize Prop France
Maxime Gau Prop France
Kalaber Koberize Prop Georgia
Nicolas Kwarazfelia Prop France
Florian Prime Prop France
Giorgi Tetrashvili Prop Georgia
Mathieu André Lock France
Yogane Corréa Lock Senegal
César Damiani Lock France
Rami Laadila Lock France
Vakhtang Maisuradze Lock Georgia
Jérôme Mondoulet Lock France
Vincent Calas Back row France
Nathan Lane Back row France
Florian Letellier Back row France
Yohann Misse Back row France
Florent Fourcade Back row France
Kvicha Bujiashvili Back row Georgia
Loïc Mondoulet Back row France
Julien Raynaud Back row France
Andrea Siccardi Back row France
Player Position Union
Yohan Chateauraynaud Scrum-half France
Samuel Marques Scrum-half Portugal
Romain Barthélémy Fly-half France
Sylvain Bouillon Fly-half France
Stéphane Guenin Fly-half France
Baptiste Bonnet Centre France
Pierre D'Andrea Centre France
Baptiste Hecker Centre France
Nicolas Kaiser Centre France
Thibault Visensang Centre France
Florian Vialelle Centre France
Nasoni Kunavore Centre Fiji
Maxime Payen Wing France
Nicolas Kraska Wing France
Nicolas Metge Wing France
Anthony Poujol Wing France
Timilai Rokoduru Wing Fiji
Mathieu Péluchon Fullback Spain

Notable former players

  • Robert Basauri
  • René Bousquet. 9 caps. One of the 15 Frenchmen who defeated England for the first time in 1927.
  • Pierre Danos
  • Charles-Antoine Gonnet. 16 cap. Also beat the English in 1927.
  • Bernard Momméjat. 9 caps with SCA.

French president Georges Pompidou accepted to be honorary chairman of the club in 1969 and paid his fees regularly until he died in 1974. [2].

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.planetrugby.com/tables/0,25806,9818,00.html#9818

External links

  • (French) SC Albi Official website
  • (French) Club volunteers’ website
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