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So how does the French Second division fare?
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09 May, 2018 20:55
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
JDH (IP Logged)
09 May, 2018 22:50
Good article that almost. Light on cheese facts but some great research.
Do they run on the same loses each year as we do? Relying on rich owners like at Toulon to fund them?

On a French note I see Aurelien Rougerie has retired after 19 years and 418 games for Clermont. What a player he was hey and to devote his career to one club, legendary. Saw him play a few times for France, awesome.

 
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
tomthepom (IP Logged)
10 May, 2018 07:43
Yes, interesting comparisons...

The Pro D2 league has 16 teams. We (Jersey) played against Breton side Vannes in pre-season, they were a powerful and efficient side. It ended 38-14, although it was their final pre-season outing and our first (with a much-changed & therefore undercooked squad) due to the fact that their season KOs in mid-Aug. They finished 10th this season and will come to us this July for a return match...

There certainly seemed to be more money at that level, partly due to the crowds - Vannes had 9,000 for their final home game!

 
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
almostatyke (IP Logged)
10 May, 2018 18:47
Thanks TTP, local advice always appreciated.

 
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
almostatyke (IP Logged)
10 May, 2018 18:59
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JDH

On a French note I see Aurelien Rougerie has retired after 19 years and 418 games for Clermont. What a player he was hey and to devote his career to one club, legendary. Saw him play a few times for France, awesome.

Not sure I have ever seen a better centre.

(Sm152)

 
Chilham
Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
Chilham (IP Logged)
13 May, 2018 11:17
Good article.

 
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
leemingtyke (IP Logged)
13 May, 2018 16:51
Yeah, very good. Educational for me as I didn't know any of that detail about the French second tier.

 
John R
Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
John R (IP Logged)
14 May, 2018 06:08
Thanks Almo, very interesting read.

 
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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
almostatyke (IP Logged)
21 May, 2018 23:15
An update on the end of season division two/division one play-off: Grenoble were the losing Division 2 finalists, having been mullered at the scrum by Perpignan. They faced 13th position Top 14 side Oyonnax a week later but had the benefit of playing at home at the beautiful Stade des Alpes, in front of a near capacity 20k crowd.

The result? Grenoble 47 ( 7 tries) Oyannax 22 (3 tries) in what was an exciting, if error-ridden, match. Ben Botica played excellently at 10 for Oyannax but it was not enough.

So the nett result is two clubs up and two down, the play-offs extending the season (and the revenue) but meaning that two teams cannot plan for next season until the middle of May. Also goes to show that the Pro D2 in France is a genuine second tier, unlike the Championship in England.



She Was Like A Bearded Rainbow



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Re: So how does the French Second division fare?
almostatyke (IP Logged)
02 June, 2018 21:55
Continuing the French theme, just seen Castres Olympic beat Montpelier in the Pro14 final. What a team of scrappers Castres are! The big stars from Montpelier, including Pinaar (ever seen a better scrum half?) and Picamoles were just beaten back, time after time. Castres were only 6th in the "regular" season and represent a small town, but are worthy champions.

On a sad note, our former tighthead prop player Damien Tussac, who played for Castres this season, has had to retire due to injury so did not feature today.


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