Stade Francais

  • Merger Of Paris Clubs Shelved

    The merger announced last week between the two Paris-based Top14 sides, Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been shelved in the face of considerable opposition. “I have decided to give this beautiful project up,” Jacky Lorenzetti, president of Racing 92 said in a statement on Sunday. The players of Stade Francais had voted unanimously to take indefinite strike action and their T14 game on Saturday was called off. The LNR also postponed Racing 92’s league game after the FFR and the mayor of P...

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  • BT And Sky To Share Champions Cup Play-Off

    The new era of European club rugby will begin in May with the European Champions Cup play-off between the 7th placed Aviva Premiership and Top 14 sides. London Wasps and Stade Francais will contest a two-legged play-off with fixtures taking place on May 18th at Adams Park and May 24th at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. And fans will get a first glimpse of the new rights sharing deal in operation between the two broadcasting giants, with BT Sport to show the first leg in England and Sky Sports taking...

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  • French Rugby Shocked As Racing And Stade Announce Merger

    French rugby was shocked to discover on Monday (13th March) that the two Parisian clubs playing in the T14 elite competition, Racing 92 and Stade Francais plan to merge to become one team in time to start next season in August. Both clubs have struggled on and off the pitch this season, recording among the lowest attendances in the T14. A short press release was issued in the morning, followed later by a press conference in a Paris restaurant hosted by both club presidents, Jacky Lorenzetti of R...

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  • Stade Francais About To Go Wild?

    Paris Top 14 club, Stade Francais is about to be sold to the German Capri-Sun owner, Hans-Peter Wild. Current club president, Thomas Savare is reported to have opted for Wild's proposal over that of the former players Thomas Lombard, Christophe Dominici and Mathieu Blin (among others). Born in Germany but resident in Switzerland, Wild (75) has a resources estimated at almost 3 billion euros (£2.55bn). Nicknamed "the Doctor", he has been supporting rugby for several years in Germany, having firs...

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  • Top 14 Final To Smash Attendance Record

    ... back for fans of the two teams that eventually qualify for the showpiece occasion but, assuming they sell well, there will be a crowd well in excess of 90,000 and there could be up to 98,000 people in attendance. Last year’s Top 14 final, which saw Stade Francais beat Clermont 12-6, was watched by a crowd of 79,000 supporters at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, the semi-final venues for this year’s Champions Cup have been decided. The Madejski Stadium in Reading is certain to stage an all-Pr...

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  • Big Game 4 Makes the Record Books

    ... its mark in the calendar and entered the record books when a capacity crowd of 82,000 settled down to watch the top of the table Aviva Premiership match - an unprecedented gathering for a regular season league match. The mark was previously held by the Stade Francais v Clermont Top 14 fixture at Stade de France. The attendance was also the largest in Premiership history for any match (regular season or Final)....

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  • Heineken Cup facts

    ... the Walkers Stadium etc. That trend has now moved into the Pool stages. This season Cardiff moved their match against Gloucester to the Millennium Stadium, (attendance 27,114) Toulouse moved their fixture with Bath to Le Stadium (attendance 32,000), Stade Francais hosted Harlequins at the Stade de France (76,569), and Wasps will be taking on Leinster at Twickenham in Round 5.   Financial   Wales benefited to the tune of £25 million when the Heineken Cup final was staged at the Millennium St...

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  • FFR Signs Construction Contract For Grand Stade

    The president of the FFR, Pierre Camou, has finally signed the new stadium construction contract for the Grand Stade project. The building of a new home for French rugby on an old race course in Ris to the south of Paris was announced in 2009 but it has encountered a number of setbacks. The FFR signed the contract to build the proposed new stadium with the Ibelys Group last Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who praised the sporting project by calling it "innovative and well...

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  • Champions Cup Semi-Final Venues Confirmed

    The semi-final venues for this year's Rugby Champions Cup have been announced ahead of this weekend's quarter final stage. Brighton's AMEX Community Stadium, which will host two games at this year's Rugby World Cup and recently played host to an England U20s game, will host a semi-final should Wasps make it to the next round. Interestingly, should Northampton qualify for the semi-finals, their fixture will take place at Wasps' Ricoh Arena in Coventry.The Stade Velodrome in Marseille will be the...

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  • 2016 European Finals Set For New Lyon Stadium

    The new Grand Stade de Lyon will host the 2016 European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals on May 13 and 14 next year. The 59,000-capacity stadium is set for completion early in 2016 and European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has opted to award it the rights to host its showpiece finals next season. It has also been decided that the 2017 finals will be held in Edinburgh with the famous BT Murrayfield Stadium staging the Champions Cup showpiece, while the venue for the Challenge C...

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