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La Rochelle
backdoc (IP Logged)
05 December, 2017 22:50
They have a very interesting history, including the name of the stadium after a President who was executed by the Germans.

"On 23 June 1940, La Rochelle city was occupied by the German army. A reduction in the number of sports clubs pushed the La Rochelle-Students XIII to merge with the La Rochelle Rugby Union to put together a fifteen-member team, called Stade Rochelais! The club played on the Port-Neuf municipal field once again.

On 10 January 1941, Marcel Deflandre, Director of a company called La Raffinerie du Midi, became the Club President. He joined the "Honor and Homeland" group of the French Resistance in 1942 where he commanded the "Supply and Gasoline" section. He was arrested on 9 October 1943 in Niort and executed on 11 January 1944.

France was liberated from German occupation, and official sports competitions could resume. A La Rochelle Railway-Workers Sports Club was created and the La Rochelle rugby club decided to join them. The rugby section played at the Port-Neuf Staduim which, on 23 March 1947, was renamed the Marcel Deflandre Stadium.

In 1948, the rugby section of the railway-workers sports club became independent and became the ‘Stade Rochelais’ (the La Rochelle rugby club).

1948 – 1997
The Stade Rochelais became one of France’s top clubs definitively when it joined ‘the Federal’, the highest level of French rugby at the time. From 09 January 1949 to 24 October 1954, the club played 28 games without suffering a home defeat.

Laurent Bidart was the first La Rochelle player to be selected for the French national team in 1953 (1 selection against Wales).

The Stade Rochelais Rugby School was founded in 1952. In 1954, Arnaud Elissalde, then a player and coach at the club, trained a team of educators. The club and the rapidly-developing Rugby School gradually put some order into their administration structure. In order to give the club more dynamic impetus, Jacques Larrose and Arnaud Elissalde decided to publish a newspaper to promote the Stade Rochelais and rugby in general. In September 1958, the "Allez Stade" newsletter was first published.

As from 1961, Stade Rochelais reached the final rounds of the French championship almost systematically. They contested three quarter-finals losing against Dax in 1961, 1962 and 1969.

In 1970, La Rochelle teams contested all final competition rounds: First Division, Reserve, Junior A, Junior B and Cadet. During this decade, the young teams gained notoriety by regularly reaching the final rounds. The Stade Rochelais boosted its national reputation. In 1973, the French Championship was reorganised into two groups, each of 32 clubs. Stade Rochelais was put in Group A (first division). It remained there until 1985 before being relegated to Group B.

1997 - 2010
The club’s recent history begins in 1997, with the advent of professional rugby in France. Stade Rochelais also became a permanently professional team as from this year. The club spent five seasons in the first division (1997-2002).

At the same time as the club became professional, the "Atlantique Stade Rochelais" was created, of which the Stade Rochelais Association remained the majority shareholder with 98% of the shares.

‘Les Espoirs’ (the up-and-coming team) became French champions in their category in 2002. The First Division team was a semi-finalist in the 2000 French Cup and twice won the ‘Coupe de la Ligue’ in 2002 and 2003. The club was in the Top 16 for the 2001-2002 season, before being demoted at the end of the season.

Since the 2006-2007 season, La Rochelle has systematically contested the final phase of the D2 Professional Championship. It was a finalist in 2007, and a semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 La Rochelle succeeded in its ambition. By beating Lyon in the final (32-26), the club reached the Top 14.

2010 – 2016
The Atlantic Stade Rochelais played its first ever season in the Top 14. Despite a remarkable season, that was praised by all of the Top 14 teams, La Rochelle was finally relegated to the D2 Professional Championship, but with the firm intention to not remain there.

The Club launched a major five-year project called "Growing Together 2015", which aimed to enable the Atlantic Stade Rochelais to compete with the best. This included:

A stadium with over 15,000 seats
A budget of € 15 million
More capital
A professional team with 30% club-trained players
At the end of the 2013-2014 season, the Club made its big comeback to the Top 14 after beating Agen in the final.

Having reached all the 2015-project objectives, the club managed to remain in the Top 14 and to launch its 2020 project "Writing our History". The word "Atlantic" disappeared from the club’s name and a new logo was created. Stade Rochelais was now ready to assume its role as a leading French rugby club."

They play in the same colours as Wasps. Respect.

 
Re: La Rochelle
Heathen (IP Logged)
05 December, 2017 22:58
Lester, thanks for posting this. Very interesting reading.

 
Re: La Rochelle
backdoc (IP Logged)
05 December, 2017 23:14
John, the supporters club have a stand on the Cours des Dames in the day time. Worth visiting as I did in August. A very passionate rugby town.

Dining at

Restaurant :
Iséo - Bistrot de la Mer
4, place de la Chaîne
17000 La Rochelle

on saturday night 9.30. Bookable through booking.com.

 
Re: La Rochelle
Bazza7 (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 07:29
Very interesting, thanks for posting the story of the club - can't wait for the trip there this weekend!!

 
Re: La Rochelle
Connacht (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 08:20
should be a stormer on Sunday

 
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Chilham (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 09:13
Quote:
backdoc
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Dining at

Restaurant :
Iséo - Bistrot de la Mer
4, place de la Chaîne
17000 La Rochelle

on saturday night 9.30. Bookable through booking.com.

thumbs down



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Re: La Rochelle
Speach (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 09:21
Interesting.

Would've made a decent article. Oh well.



"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."
Sun Tzu

 
Re: La Rochelle
Beardy Wasp (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 12:12
Quote:
Chilham
Quote:
backdoc
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Dining at

Restaurant :
Iséo - Bistrot de la Mer
4, place de la Chaîne
17000 La Rochelle

on saturday night 9.30. Bookable through booking.com.

thumbs down
thumbs down

+ La Boussole
41 rue St Jean du Perrot
17 000 La Rochelle

Sunday 19.30 (Sm13)
Www.laboussole-larochelle.fr

 
Re: La Rochelle
Buzzboy (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 12:16
Je regrette not booking to go!

 
Re: La Rochelle
Beardy Wasp (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 15:01
Official Wasps meeting point announced - General Humbert's Has Guinness on draft, other beers are available.
(Sm128)

 
Re: La Rochelle
Petergwilson (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 15:26
Oh great (not), a paddy bar.

 
Re: La Rochelle
Hangover (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 16:15
Pete, this looks cool, I've no doubt we will be in here at some point.

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Petergwilson (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 16:25
Steve, I think we'll be in every bar at some time.

 
Re: La Rochelle
McWasp (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 16:41
Pete, Steve .... we will def visit many bars



Steve

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technowasp# (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 17:06
Hangover
I hope you have time to buy me a beer on Day #1 or #2 ( we know you are pants day #3! ).
Long time no see.
Techno

 
Re: La Rochelle
suffolkwasp (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 17:22
If you look at Metcheck for La Rochelle this weekend and Sunday particularly your comment about it being a "stormer" is very apt.

 
Re: La Rochelle
Hangover (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 18:01
All correct (Sm14)

Techno, gonna have to pace myself (Sm14)(Sm128)

 
Re: La Rochelle
kentwasp1 (IP Logged)
07 December, 2017 18:54
Thanks for great post backdoc. I so so wish I was travelling there this weekend. Safe travels all and great times. Will be shouting from the sofa

 
Re: La Rochelle
Jaspar (IP Logged)
07 December, 2017 22:24
Have arrived in La Rochelle this evening. weather is wet, murky and windy. Town seems very interesting with lots of old world charm and lots of boats. Food tonight was at Ragazza and was the best pizza I had for years and good service, plus no booking up needed. The General Humbert is a typical Irish pub,lively and with the sport on screens. A pint is 6 euros.

 
Re: La Rochelle
Chilham (IP Logged)
08 December, 2017 10:17
Work done in Paris and heading out to La Rochelle. 298 miles, 4h 41m, according to Google Maps. We'll see how that works out on a Friday afternoon.



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