2015–16 Top 14 season

The 2015–16 Top 14 competition was 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 began on 22 August 2015 and ended on 23 May 2016. This was followed by a playoff stage involving the top six teams, culminating in the final on 24 June 2016 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. The final was moved from its traditional site of the Stade de France in Saint-Denis because of a scheduling conflict with UEFA Euro 2016.[1]

Having defeated Toulouse and table-topping Clermont en route to the final, Racing 92 won their sixth French championship title, and first since 1990, with a 29–21 win over Toulon,[2] despite playing over three-quarters of the game with 14 men after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Matt Giteau.[3][4]

2015–16 Top 14
Countries France
Date22 August 2015 – 24 June 2016
ChampionsRacing 92 (6th title)
Runners-upToulon
RelegatedOyonnax, Agen
Matches played187
Attendance2,678,562
(average 14,324 per match)
Highest attendance99,124 (play-offs)
Toulon v Racing 92
24 June 2016
57,886 (league stage)
Toulon v Clermont
3 April 2016
Lowest attendance5,983
Racing 92 v Grenoble
12 September 2015
Tries scored840
(average 4.5 per match)
Top point scorerFrance Gaëtan Germain (Brive)
319 points
Top try scorerFiji Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)
16 tries
Official website
www.lnr.fr

Teams

Club City (department) Stadium Capacity
Agen Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie 14,000
Bordeaux Bègles Bordeaux (Gironde) Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux)
Matmut Atlantique
34,700
41,458
Brive Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) Stade Amédée-Domenech 16,000
Castres Castres (Tarn) Stade Pierre-Antoine 11,500
Clermont Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022[a 1]
Grenoble Grenoble (Isère) Stade des Alpes[a 2] 20,068
La Rochelle La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre 15,000
Montpellier Montpellier (Hérault) Altrad Stadium 14,700[a 3]
Oyonnax Oyonnax (Ain) Stade Charles-Mathon 12,400[a 4]
Pau Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade du Hameau 13,800
Racing 92 Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir[a 5] 14,000
Stade Français Paris, 16th arrondissement Stade Jean-Bouin[a 6] 20,000
Toulon Toulon (Var) Stade Mayol[a 7] 15,400
Toulouse Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Stade Ernest-Wallon
Stadium Municipal[a 8]
19,500
33,150

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, held this season at Camp Nou because the traditional site of Stade de France was not available in 2015–16 due to conflict with UEFA Euro 2016.

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,[6] 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.[7]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[7]

  • 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 fewer). 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 Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Clermont (SF) 26 18 1 7 735 431 +304 77 33 10 4 88
2 Toulon (RU) 26 16 0 10 764 446 +318 90 37 11 7 82
3 Montpellier (SF) 26 18 0 8 723 569 +154 77 50 7 2 81
4 Racing (CH) 26 18 1 7 614 522 +92 63 46 5 2 81
5 Toulouse (QF) 26 16 2 8 680 393 +287 80 35 7 4 79
6 Castres (QF) 26 15 0 11 650 496 +154 68 36 6 5 71
7 Bordeaux (CC) 26 14 2 10 552 503 +49 44 44 3 4 67
8 Brive 26 13 1 12 540 545 −5 43 51 4 4 62
9 La Rochelle 26 11 0 15 553 656 −103 51 65 4 6 54
10 Grenoble 26 10 0 16 605 779 −174 60 91 4 3 47
11 Pau 26 10 1 15 420 675 −255 30 75 2 2 46
12 Stade Français 26 9 0 17 543 631 −88 50 62 2 3 41
13 Agen (R) 26 5 0 21 531 846 −315 50 94 1 5 26
14 Oyonnax (R) 26 5 0 21 429 847 −418 41 96 2 2 24

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) receive a berth for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup, as 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup winners Montpellier have qualified via their league position.
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. Final table

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 & Results

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[8]
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
22 August 2015
14:45
La Rochelle 6–44 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000[9]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
22 August 2015
18:30
Bordeaux Bègles 19–16 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 19,712[10]
Referee: Romain Poite
22 August 2015
18:30
Toulouse 24–7 Brive
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,003[11]
Referee: Thomas Charabas
22 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 35–19 Oyonnax
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,850[12]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
22 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Grenoble 38–23 Agen
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000[13]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
23 August 2015
16:15
Stade Français 34–18 Pau
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,000[14]
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[15]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
29 August 2015
14:45
Agen 9–20 Toulouse
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 11,613[16]
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
29 August 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Oyonnax 37–19 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 11,000[17]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
29 August 2015
18:30
Racing 20–19 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,192[18]
Referee: Tual Trainini
29 August 2015
18:30
Pau 26–16 Montpellier
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,500[19]
Referee: Cyril Lafon
29 August 2015
20:45
Brive 22–13 Stade Français
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,224[20]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
30 August 2015
17:00
(1 BP) Castres 24–9 Toulon
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 10,475[21]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

Round 3

5 September 2015
14:35
Oyonnax 24–41 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 14,000[22]
Referee: Cédric Marchat
5 September 2015
16:00
(1 BP) Grenoble 41–15 Pau
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 11,000[23]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
5 September 2015
16:00
La Rochelle 21–18 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 14,867[24]
Referee: Salem Attalah
5 September 2015
16:00
Agen 30–18 Racing
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,292[25]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
5 September 2015
16:35
Toulouse 37–20 Castres
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,000[26]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
6 September 2015
16:15
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 22–24 Montpellier
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 20,131
Referee: Tual Trainini
6 September 2015
21:00
Stade Français 13–20 Toulon
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 13,866[27]
Referee: Thomas Charabas

Round 4

11 September 2015
20:45
Castres 35–26 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 8,211
Referee: Tual Trainini
12 September 2015
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 45–24 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,653
Referee: Cyril Lafon
12 September 2015
18:30
Racing 23–14 Grenoble
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 5,983
Referee: Salem Attalah
12 September 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 44–20 Stade Français
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,875[28]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
12 September 2015
18:30
Clermont 26–26 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 15,672[29]
Referee: Thomas Charabas
13 September 2015
12:30
Brive 18–12 Agen
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,891[30]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
13 September 2015
17:00
Pau 9–6 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 14,000[31]
Referee: Adrien Descottes

Round 5

16 October 2015
19:45
Agen 16–31 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,052
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
16 October 2015
19:45
(1 BP) Clermont 35–10 Pau
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,622
Referee: Cédric Marchat
16 October 2015
19:45
Grenoble 19–30 Montpellier
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,100
Referee: Sébastien Minery
16 October 2015
19:45
Oyonnax 9–18 Racing
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
16 October 2015
19:45
Stade Français 22–9 Castres
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,156
Referee: Cyril Lafon
16 October 2015
21:00
Toulouse 39–22 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 13,129
Referee: Maxime Chalon
17 October 2015
14:45
Brive 29–26 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 12,062
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
Attendance: 8,504
Referee: Laurent Cardona
24 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Pau 13–18 Brive
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Tual Trainini
24 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Toulon 61–3 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,262
Referee: Sébastien Minery
24 October 2015
14:30
Bordeaux Bègles 12–10 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 31,189
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
24 October 2015
20:45
Montpellier 24–19 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 14,739
Referee: Cyril Lafon
25 October 2015
12:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 23–6 Agen
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 14,893
Referee: Adrien Descottes

Round 7

31 October 2015
14:00
Agen 28–23 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,571
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
31 October 2015
14:00
Bordeaux Bègles 21–16 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 21,123
Referee: Cédric Marchat
31 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Oyonnax 42–23 Pau
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Thomas Charabas
31 October 2015
14:00
Racing 17–14 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,257
Referee: Sébastien Minery
31 October 2015
14:30
Montpellier 25–33 Toulouse
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 13,015
Referee: Laurent Cardona
31 October 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Clermont 42–13 Castres
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 16,288
Referee: Maxime Chalon
1 November 2015
16:15
Grenoble 33–29 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 16,700
Referee: Cyril Lafon

Round 8

7 November 2015
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 52–8 Montpellier
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,879
Referee: Juan Sylvestre (UAR)
7 November 2015
18:30
Brive 16–3 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,779
Referee: Adrien Descottes
7 November 2015
18:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 38–3 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 14,876
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
7 November 2015
18:30
Pau 33–31 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Salem Attalah
7 November 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 52–12 Grenoble
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,122
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU)
8 November 2015
12:15
(1 BP) Castres 34–8 Racing
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 9,012
Referee: Romain Poite
8 November 2015
16:15
Stade Français 14–9 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 18,395
Referee: Tual Trainini

Round 9

27 November 2015
20:45
Montpellier 25–20 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Romain Poite
28 November 2015
14:45
Racing 28–13 Toulouse
Report
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 11,689
Referee: Cyril Lafon
28 November 2015
18:30
Oyonnax 9–34 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Cédric Marchat
28 November 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 46–10 Pau
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 20,663
Referee: Maxime Chalon
28 November 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Agen 18–23 Castres
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,290
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
28 November 2015
20:45
Clermont 9–35 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
29 November 2015
16:15
(1 BP) Grenoble 19–21 Stade Français
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

Round 10

4 December 2015
20:45
Pau 15–15 Racing
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Sébastien Minery
5 December 2015
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 53–23 Agen
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,341
Referee: Laurent Cardona
5 December 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Castres 34–19 Montpellier
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 8,532
Referee: Thomas Charabas
5 December 2015
18:30
La Rochelle 33–16 Grenoble
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 14,537
Referee: Tual Trainini
5 December 2015
18:30
(1 BP) Stade Français 21–24 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 11,273
Referee: Romain Poite
5 December 2015
20:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 27–3 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 10,503
Referee: Adrien Descottes
6 December 2015
16:15
(1 BP) Brive 21–26 Clermont
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 13,543
Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Round 11

27 December 2015
14:00
Oyonnax 25–12 Stade Français
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
27 December 2015
16:00
Pau 15–11 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Cédric Marchat
27 December 2015
16:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 45–20 Agen
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,128
Referee: Tual Trainini
27 December 2015
16:00
Castres 23–8 Brive
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 10,280
Referee: Adrien Descottes
27 December 2015
16:00
Bordeaux Bègles 25–19 Grenoble
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 25,238
Referee: Salem Attalah
27 December 2015
18:00
(1 BP) Clermont 16–20 Racing
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 17,995
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
27 December 2015
21:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 31–8 Toulon
Report
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 32,479
Referee: Maxime Chalon

Round 12

2 January 2016
14:30
Agen 16–33 Clermont
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,647
Referee: Romain Poite
2 January 2016
15:00
La Rochelle 25–21 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sébastien Minery
2 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Grenoble 42–17 Oyonnax
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
2 January 2016
16:30
Racing 23–18 Bordeaux Bègles (1 BP)
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 7,765
Referee: Thomas Charabas
2 January 2016
20:45
Brive 19–18 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,852
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
3 January 2016
17:45
Toulon 21–17 Pau (1 BP)
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,135
Referee: Cyril Lafon
3 January 2016
21:00
Stade Français 18–17 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona

Round 13

Due to the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on 13 November 2015, matches in the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup were postponed to a later date – later announced to take place on the weekend of 8–10 January 2016. This meant the fixtures that featured those teams in their respective domestic leagues, were postponed to a later date.[32] This meant that the entire Round 13 schedule was postponed: one match was moved to mid-February, and the remaining six matches were moved to mid-March.[33]

Round 14

29 January 2016
20:45
Brive 28–6 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,586
Referee: Romain Poite
30 January 2016
14:45
(1 BP) Clermont 15–19 Montpellier
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 16,514
Referee: Salem Attalah
30 January 2016
18:30
Agen 27–33 Grenoble
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,174
Referee: Cyril Lafon
30 January 2016
18:30
Castres 19–9 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 8,608
Referee: Maxime Chalon
30 January 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Racing 26–3 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 7,109
Referee: Sébastien Minery
30 January 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 54–3 Pau
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,027
Referee: Adrien Descottes
31 January 2016
16:15
Toulon 23–16 Stade Français
Report
Allianz Riviera
Attendance: 29,414
Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Round 13 rescheduled match

14 February 2016
16:15
Bordeaux Bègles 15–12 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Matmut Atlantique
Attendance: 38,416
Referee: Romain Poite

Round 15

19 February 2016
20:45
Stade Français 32–17 Brive
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,290
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
20 February 2016
14:45
Castres 17–28 Clermont
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 9,622
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
20 February 2016
18:30
Bordeaux Bègles 24–19 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 21,233
Referee: Cédric Marchat
20 February 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 16–19 Pau
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Thomas Charabas
20 February 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Grenoble 35–39 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona
20 February 2016
20:45
La Rochelle 28–8 Toulouse
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Tual Trainini
21 February 2016
16:15
Oyonnax 13–44 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

Round 16

27 February 2016
14:30
(1 BP) Toulon 44–15 Brive
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,519
Referee: Cédric Marchat
27 February 2016
18:30
Stade Français 18–33 Grenoble
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,652
Referee: Sébastien Minery
27 February 2016
18:30
Agen 31–27 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,767
Referee: Maxime Chalon
27 February 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Clermont 44–16 Oyonnax
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,791
Referee: Laurent Cardona
27 February 2016
18:30
Pau 3–15 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Cyril Lafon
27 February 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Racing 9–13 Castres
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,433
Referee: Salem Attalah
28 February 2016
16:15
(1 BP) Toulouse 29–31 Montpellier
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 12,831
Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Round 17

4 March 2016
20:45
Grenoble 12–45 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
5 March 2016
14:45
Brive 21–21 Toulouse
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 12,703
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
5 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 48–20 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 22,127
Referee: Tual Trainini
5 March 2016
18:30
Pau 19–12 Stade Français
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Romain Poite
5 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Racing 38–13 Agen
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Adrien Descottes
5 March 2016
20:45
Montpellier 22–19 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,943
Referee: Laurent Cardona
6 March 2016
16:15
La Rochelle 19–14 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Round 18

11 March 2016
20:45
Toulouse 13–13 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Salem Attalah
12 March 2016
14:30
Stade Français 16–34 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
12 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Castres 50–6 Agen
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 8,660
Referee: Thomas Charabas
12 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Clermont 25–6 Brive
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 18,100
Referee: Adrien Descottes
12 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 35–16 Pau
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sébastien Minery
12 March 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 38–8 Grenoble
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,832
Referee: Maxime Chalon
13 March 2016
12:00
Oyonnax 10–31 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Cédric Marchat

Round 13 rescheduled matches

19 March 2016
14:00
(1 BP) Stade Français 33–20 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,654
Referee: Salem Attalah
19 March 2016
14:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 60–7 Racing
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 13,158
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
19 March 2016
18:00
Oyonnax 30–28 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
19 March 2016
18:00
Pau 21–16 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,067
Referee: Maxime Chalon
20 March 2016
14:00
Grenoble 26–22 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Sébastien Minery
20 March 2016
16:15
Clermont 32–23 Toulouse
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 18,730
Referee: Cyril Lafon

Round 19

26 March 2016
14:45
(1 BP) Racing 20–21 Toulon
Report
Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Attendance: 40,500
Referee: Laurent Cardona
26 March 2016
18:30
Agen 21–45 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,150
Referee: Maxime Chalon
26 March 2016
18:30
Brive 23–22 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,892
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
26 March 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Grenoble 39–23 La Rochelle
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Tual Trainini
26 March 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Pau 25–6 Oyonnax
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,834
Referee: Adrien Descottes
27 March 2016
16:15
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 19–24 Clermont
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 28,332
Referee: Romain Poite
27 March 2016
21:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 36–3 Stade Français
Report
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 21,048
Referee: Thomas Charabas

Round 20

1 April 2016
20:45
Montpellier 19–3 Brive
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,542
Referee: Salem Attalah
2 April 2016
14:45
Castres 15–9 Toulouse
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
2 April 2016
18:30
Agen 26–33 Pau
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,828
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
2 April 2016
18:30
La Rochelle 21–18 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Cyril Lafon
2 April 2016
18:30
Oyonnax 20–27 Grenoble
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Romain Poite
2 April 2016
20:45
Bordeaux Bègles 20–28 Racing
Report
Matmut Atlantique
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Cédric Marchat
3 April 2016
16:15
(1 BP) Toulon 18–19 Clermont
Report
Stade Vélodrome
Attendance: 57,886
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Round 21

15 April 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Grenoble 28–33 Castres
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 14,700
Referee: Cyril Lafon
16 April 2016
14:45
Pau 9–25 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,800
Referee: Thomas Charabas
16 April 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Brive 31–13 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,352
Referee: Sébastien Minery
16 April 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Clermont 38–10 Agen
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 17,465
Referee: Tual Trainini
16 April 2016
20:45
La Rochelle 22–15 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
17 April 2016
14:30
Stade Français 20–26 Montpellier
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 11,893
Referee: Romain Poite
17 April 2016
16:15
Toulouse 14–3 Racing
Report
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 28,583
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Round 22

30 April 2016
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 10–12 Toulouse
Report
Allianz Riviera
Attendance: 27,549
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
30 April 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Agen 37–19 Brive
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,828
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
30 April 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Castres 37–6 Pau
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 9,300
Referee: Adrien Descottes
30 April 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 51–10 Grenoble
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,702
Referee: Cédric Marchat
30 April 2016
18:30
Oyonnax 17–16 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Maxime Chalon
30 April 2016
20:45
Bordeaux Bègles 35–25 Stade Français
Report
Matmut Atlantique
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona
1 May 2016
16:15
Racing 26–20 Clermont
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 13,518
Referee: Salem Attalah

Round 23

6 May 2016
20:45
Grenoble 14–20 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
7 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 36–10 Montpellier
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
7 May 2016
15:00
Pau 10–16 Clermont
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,355
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
7 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Stade Français 69–8 Oyonnax
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Thomas Charabas
7 May 2016
16:30
Brive 33–27 Racing
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,754
Referee: Tual Trainini
8 May 2016
16:15
(1 BP) Toulouse 52–19 Agen
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 12,576
Referee: Laurent Cardona
8 May 2016
21:00
Toulon 17–7 Castres
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Romain Poite

Round 24

21 May 2016
14:30
Agen 13–52 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 9,728
Referee: Cyril Lafon
21 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Brive 45–24 Grenoble
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,048
Referee: Salem Attalah
21 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Castres 67–20 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 8,800
Referee: Sébastien Minery
21 May 2016
15:00
Oyonnax 17–25 Toulouse
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Adrien Descottes
21 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Racing 43–13 Pau
Report
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Maxime Chalon
21 May 2016
16:35
Montpellier 19–16 Bordeaux Bègles (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 11,707
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
22 May 2016
16:15
Clermont 36–10 Stade Français
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 18,676
Referee: Cédric Marchat

Round 25

27 May 2016
20:45
La Rochelle 14–30 Racing
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Thomas Charabas
28 May 2016
15:30
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 34–7 Brive
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 26,273
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
28 May 2016
18:30
(1 BP) Pau 29–12 Grenoble
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 10,863
Referee: Tual Trainini
28 May 2016
18:30
Stade Français 28–26 Agen (1 BP)
Report
MMArena
Attendance: 9,014
Referee: Adrien Descottes
28 May 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Oyonnax 20–25 Castres
Report
Stade Charles-Mathon
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona
29 May 2016
16:30
Toulouse 22–11 Clermont
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,831
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
29 May 2016
20:45
Montpellier 36–21 Toulon
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Romain Poite

Round 26

5 June 2016
20:45
Agen 23–19 Oyonnax (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,409
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
5 June 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Brive 46–10 Pau
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,586
Referee: Sébastien Minery
5 June 2016
20:45
Castres 35–14 Stade Français
Report
Stade Pierre-Antoine
Attendance: 10,200
Referee: Tual Trainini
5 June 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Clermont 57–8 La Rochelle
Report
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 18,679
Referee: Maxime Chalon
5 June 2016
20:45
Grenoble 14–53 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
5 June 2016
20:45
Racing 40–25 Montpellier
Report
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 10,064
Referee: Salem Attalah
5 June 2016
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 44–3 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,821
Referee: Cédric Marchat

Playoffs

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
      1 Clermont 33  
  4 Racing 21     4 Racing 34    
  5 Toulouse 16         4 Racing 29
      2 Toulon 21
      2 Toulon 27    
  3 Montpellier 28     3 Montpellier 18  
  6 Castres 9  

Semi-final Qualifiers

11 June 2016
20:45
Racing 21–16 Toulouse
Pen: Carter (6/6) 5', 13', 17', 21', 64', 75'
Goosen (1/3) 48'
Report Try: Fickou 67' c
Con: Bézy (1/1)
Pen: Bézy (3/4) 10', 26', 43'
12 June 2016
16:15
Montpellier 28–9 Castres
Try: Nagusa 13' m
Willemse 52' c
Spies 75' c
Con: Catrakilis (2/3)
Pen: Catrakilis (3/3) 9', 34', 74'
Report Pen: Urdapilleta (1/2) 37'
Kockott (2/3) 49', 65'
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 11,656
Referee: Laurent Cardona

Semi-finals

17 June 2016
20:45
Clermont 33–34 (a.e.t.) Racing
Try: Chouly 40' m
Fofana 62' c
Con: Lopez (1/1)
Pen: Parra (1/2) 33'
Lopez (3/3) 42', 46', 53'
Spedding (1/2) 87'
Drop: Lopez (1/1) 4'
James (1/1) 92'
Report Try: Goosen 27' c
Rokocoko 47' m
Imhoff 98' c
Con: Carter (2/3)
Pen: Carter (5/6) 16', 22', 25', 50', 58'
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 29,013
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
18 June 2016
20:45
Toulon 27–18 Montpellier
Try: Tuisova 32' m
Nonu 43' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/2)
Pen: Halfpenny (5/6) 3', 11', 19', 50', 64'
Report Try: Mogg (2) 54' m, 59' c
Con: Catrakilis (1/2)
Pen: Catrakilis (2/3) 8', 14'
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 28,937
Referee: Romain Poite

Final

The final took place on 24 June 2016 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. The final was moved from its traditional site of the Stade de France in Saint-Denis because of a scheduling conflict with UEFA Euro 2016.[1]

24 June 2016
20:45
Toulon 21–29 Racing 92
Try: Gorgodze 29' m
Mermoz 71' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/2)
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 2', 19', 23'
Report Try: Rokocoko 59' m
Pen: Carter (5/5) 7', 25', 40', 58', 80'
Goosen (3/4) 33', 48', 51'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 99,124
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
FB 15 Wales Leigh Halfpenny Substituted off 74'
RW 14 Fiji Josua Tuisova Substituted off 63'
OC 13 France Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12 France Maxime Mermoz
LW 11 South Africa Bryan Habana
FH 10 Australia Matt Giteau Substituted off 63'
SH 9 France Jonathan Pélissié
N8 8 England Steffon Armitage Substituted off 52' Substituted in 52'
OF 7 Argentina Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
BF 6 Georgia (country) Mamuka Gorgodze Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Georgia (country) Konstantin Mikautadze Substituted off 57'
LL 4 United States Samu Manoa
TP 3 Georgia (country) Levan Chilachava Substituted off 63'
HK 2 France Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 57'
LP 1 France Xavier Chiocci Temporarily suspended from 50' to 60' 50' to 60' Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Jean-Charles Orioli Substituted in 57'
PR 17 France Florian Fresia Substituted in 52' Substituted off 52' Substituted in 74'
LK 18 France Romain Taofifénua Substituted in 57'
FL 19 France Virgile Bruni Substituted in 65'
CE 20 France Théo Belan Substituted in 74'
FB 21 England Delon Armitage Substituted in 63'
FH 22 France Frédéric Michalak Substituted in 63'
PR 23 Fiji Manasa Saulo Substituted in 63'
Coach:
France Bernard Laporte
FB 15 France Brice Dulin
RW 14 New Zealand Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 South Africa Johan Goosen
IC 12 France Henry Chavancy
LW 11 Argentina Juan Imhoff
FH 10 New Zealand Dan Carter
SH 9 France Maxime Machenaud Red card 19'
N8 8 New Zealand Chris Masoe Substituted off 74'
OF 7 France Yannick Nyanga
BF 6 France Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Argentina Manuel Carizza Substituted off 69'
LL 4 France Bernard Le Roux
TP 3 Tonga Ben Tameifuna Substituted off 63' Substituted in 75'
HK 2 France Dimitri Szarzewski (c) Substituted off 63'
LP 1 France Eddy Ben Arous Substituted off 71'
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Camille Chat Substituted in 63'
PR 17 France Khatchik Vartan Substituted in 71' Substituted off 75'
LK 18 South Africa Juandré Kruger Substituted in 69'
N8 19 France Antonie Claassen Substituted in 74'
SH 20 France Xavier Chauveau
WG 21 France Marc Andreu
CE 22 Fiji Albert Vulivuli
PR 23 France Luc Ducalcon Substituted in 63'
Coach:
France Laurent Travers
France Laurent Labit

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.

Top points scorers

As of matches played on 5 June 2016.
Rank Player Club Points[35]
1 France Gaëtan Germain Brive 319
2 Australia Zack Holmes La Rochelle 251
3 South Africa Burton Francis Agen 246
4 France Jonathan Wisniewski Grenoble 237
5 France Jules Plisson Stade Français 208
6 France Jonathan Pélissié Toulon 199
7 South Africa Demetri Catrakilis Montpellier 185
8 France Sébastien Bézy Toulouse 178
9 France Morgan Parra Clermont 166
10 Wales Nicky Robinson Oyonnax 153

Top try scorers

Rank Player Club Tries
1 Fiji Timoci Nagusa Montpellier 16
2 Fiji Josua Tuisova Toulon 12
3 Samoa David Smith Castres 11
4 France Gaël Fickou Toulouse 9
France Marvin O'Connor Montpellier
England David Strettle Clermont
New Zealand Alex Tulou Castres
8 England Delon Armitage Toulon 8
France Djibril Camara Stade Français
South Africa Bismarck du Plessis Montpellier
Australia James O'Connor Toulon
Fiji Alivereti Raka Clermont
New Zealand George Tilsley Agen

Attendances

By club

  • Attendances do not include the semi-finals or final as these are at neutral venues.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Agen 13 107,349 8,258 11,613 7,174 59%
Bordeaux Bègles 13 332,437 25,572 38,416 19,712 70%
Brive 13 145,272 11,175 13,543 9,586 70%
Castres 13 120,704 9,285 10,500 8,211 81%
Clermont 13 221,614 17,047 18,730 14,622 90%
Grenoble 13 176,500 13,577 18,000 10,000 68%
La Rochelle 13 194,173 14,936 15,000 14,537 100%
Montpellier[a 9] 14 159,840 11,417 15,000 8,000 78%
Oyonnax 13 126,500 9,731 14,000 7,000 77%
Pau 13 158,919 12,225 14,000 10,500 88%
Racing 92[a 10] 14 146,452 10,461 40,500 5,983 60%
Stade Francais 13 158,193 12,169 20,000 8,652 60%
Toulon 13 246,903 18,993 57,886 12,135 85%
Toulouse 13 226,632 17,433 32,479 10,503 76%

Highest attendances

Home club Away club Stadium Attendance
Toulon Clermont Stade Vélodrome de Marseille 57,886
Bordeaux Toulon Matmut Atlantique 38,416
Bordeaux Racing Matmut Atlantique 33,000
Bordeaux Stade Français Matmut Atlantique 25,000
Toulouse Toulon Stadium Municipal de Toulouse 32,479
Bordeaux Toulouse Stade Chaban-Delmas 31,189
Toulon Stade Français Allianz Riviera 29,414
Toulouse Racing Stadium Municipal de Toulouse 28,583
Bordeaux Clermont Stade Chaban-Delmas 28,332
Toulon Toulouse Allianz Riviera 27,549

Notes

  1. ^ Clermont's ground capacity is up to 19,022 from 18,030 the previous season.
  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.[5] Starting in 2014–15, they became the primary tenants of Stade des Alpes.
  3. ^ Montpellier's stadium capacity is currently 15,697 which was in affect from the 2016-17 season. However, Montpellier did achieve a crowd of 15,000 in their game against Toulon on 29 May 2016 so the capacity change could have occurred some time during the 2015-16 season.
  4. ^ Although Oyonnax's home ground of Stade-Charles capacity is listed as 11,400, it was increased for the 2015-16 season by at least 1,000 due to the creation of the north-stand (which was removed the following season). The club also achieved a crowd of 14,000 during their game against Clermont on 5 September 2015, which suggests capacity may have been even more, although this may be due to temporary space being created for what was in effect, a derby game.
  5. ^ In recent years, Racing has taken occasional home matches to Stade de France, MMArena in [[ Le Mans]], and Stade Océane in Le Havre.
  6. ^ Stade Français also played one home game at the 25,000 capacity MMArena in Le Mans.
  7. ^ In recent years, Toulon has taken occasional home matches to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and Allianz Riviera in Nice.
  8. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal. The 2015–16 season was the first since 2013 in which the stadium was available, following renovations for UEFA Euro 2016.
  9. ^ Montpellier's attendance figure includes home semi-final qualifier.
  10. ^ Racing 92's attendance figure includes home semi-final qualifier.

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2016–17 Rugby Pro D2 season

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