Union Bordeaux Bègles

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Union Bordeaux Bègles
Full name Union Bordeaux Bègles
Nickname(s) Les Girondins, The Girondists
Founded 2006; 13 years ago (2006)
Location Bordeaux, France
Ground(s) Stade Chaban-Delmas (Capacity: 34,694)
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (Capacity: 40,000)
President Laurent Marti
Coach(es) Raphaël Ibañez
League(s) Top 14
2014–15 7th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website

Union Bordeaux Bègles is a French rugby union team playing in the Top 14, the first level of the country's professional league system. They earned their Top 14 place by winning the promotion playoffs that followed the 2010–11 season in the second-level Rugby Pro D2. Upon promotion to the Top 14 in 2011, they were assured a place in the European Challenge Cup. In 2015, they earned their European Champions Cup place, after winning the European playoffs against Gloucester Rugby in Worcester..

They were founded in 2006 as a result of a merger between two Bordeaux clubs, Stade Bordelais and Club Athlétique Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde. They wear claret (in French: bordeaux) and white. They are based in Bordeaux (Aquitaine), and play at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. The two teams which amalgamated cumulated nine championship titles of France: seven for the Stade Bordelais and two for the Club Athlétique Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde. Since 2006 and the amalgamation, the club competed in Pro D2 until winning the 2011 promotion playoffs.


For several years, the city of Bordeaux suffered from the absence of a leading club, or rather from the competition between the two large clubs of the city, the Stade Bordelais and CA Bordeaux-Bègles-Gironde.

The Stade Bordelais was a large national Rugby team at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century (seven championships between 1899 and 1911), before continuing their life within the amateur championships.

The CA Béglais did not reach soaring highs before the First World War, finally gaining two French Championships in 1969 and 1991 and then taking part in the first European Rugby Cup in 1995. The transition into the new millennium was hard. The club was relegated to the Pro D2 at the conclusion of the 2002–03 season, then into the Fédérale 1 division, while Stade Bordelais took the opposite direction and reached Pro D2.

In 2005, a plan to merge both clubs was created, in spite of strong opposition by both club's supporters. There was strong insight from former influential players (Serge Simon, Bernard Laporte) who pushed for a result of pooling the assets of the two clubs. One of the arguments frequently employed in favour of fusion was that the local companies did not know which club to promote.

On 10 March 2006, Bordeaux Rugby Metropolis was created. This association gathered a network of local companies eager to imply themselves in the formation of a large club in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Rugby Metropolis organised in June 2006 the event 'Bordeaux Rugby Quinconces' which brought together 25,000 people and 100 companies during 3 days on the Esplanade of the Quinconces of Bordeaux. Under the influence of the association, the historical dissensions between the two clubs were partly alleviated. A union was sealed, in the shape of a Professional Sporting Public Limit Company (SASP), with the issue of work for a committee made up of six members resulting with members from each of the two clubs (CABBG : Michel Moga, Alban Moga, Raymond Chatenet; Stade bordelais : Jean-Pierre Lamarque, Herve Hargous, Philippe Moulia).

Only the professional squads were actually merged, as each club has kept its youth teams to this day.

The new team took the place of the Stade Bordelais in the Pro D2. The training centre of Bègles is particularly strong and will hopefully provide players to the top grades.

For their first seasons, the team profited from a budget of €3.6 million. Frederic Martini remained one year as the president of USBCABBG before yielding his place to Laurent Marti, entrepreneur bergeracois (Groupe Top Tex, basé à Toulouse) at the start of the 2006 season. The new president has contributed to finalising where the Union's home ground would be (Stage Andre Moga de Bègles), and the unpronouncable name "USBCABBG" which became Union Bordeaux Bègles (UBB) in the spring of 2008. Laurent Marti contributed largely to increase the club's budget, passing it from €3.8 million (euros) in 2007–08 to €4.2 million (euros) 2008–09. The ambition is to rediscover the clubs elite form in a short-term (two or three years).

The Pro D2 2010–11 season, saw the club finish fifth place on the table and gaining a place in the finals. The UBB beat Grenoble (12–19) in the semis, securing their spot in the final against SC Albi. The grand final took place in Agen with the final result going to the Bordealaise (14–21), also seeing them promoted to the Top 14.

Hong Kong investment company GaveKal bought a 10% stakes of the team in 2015.


In spite of calls to simplify the club name, "Union Stade bordelais-C.A.Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde" was adopted; neither of the two clubs wanting to yield. The Béglais refused to disappear within a name which would only mention Bordeaux (for example, Bordeaux Rugby), whereas, at the time, top-level rugby in the area was the CAB. "We found it hard to find a name for the club which is appropriate for the two teams. The selected name respects the concepts of parity and equilibrium" (Philippe Moulia, président du Stade bordelais omnisports)

In May 2008, the club's name, known for its length, was changed to 'Union Bordeaux Bègles'.


The other problem related to the home ground. Neither of the two clubs wanted to yield, so that, for their first season, the team was to play 7 matches at the Stade Sainte-Germaine at Bouscat and the other 7 matches at the Stade André-Moga at Bègles—although the rules of the (French) National Rugby League specify that no Pro D2 rugby club could play their home matches at two different home grounds. During the second season, it was decided that the 1st grade matches would be held in Bègles, while the lower grade matches would be held in Bouscat.

For their ascent to the Top14 competition (2011–12 season), it was decided that matches would be shared between Stade Andre Moga (in Bègles) and Stade Chaban-Delmas (in Bordeaux.

Now, they are playing in the Stade Chaban-Delmas and sometimes in the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (three matches in the season).

The logo represents, on one side the blue and white checker work of CA Béglais and the other side the yellow lion with a black base of Stade Bordelais. The crescents symbolises the city of Bordeaux.

Honours / Results

Rugby Top 14

Rugby Pro D2

Current standings

2014–15 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Toulon (SF) 26 16 0 10 740 525 +215 81 52 7 5 76
2 Clermont (RU) 26 16 1 9 630 464 +166 58 40 5 4 75
3 Toulouse (SF) 26 16 0 10 573 504 +69 53 37 3 3 70
4 Stade Français (CH) 26 15 1 10 591 576 +15 60 54 6 2 70
5 Racing Métro (QF) 26 13 3 10 551 497 +54 52 37 3 4 65
6 Oyonnax (QF) 26 14 0 12 514 507 +7 37 43 2 4 62
7 Bordeaux 26 12 0 14 701 578 +123 66 45 4 9 61
8 Montpellier 26 11 2 13 537 516 +21 44 46 2 5 55
9 La Rochelle 26 10 5 11 520 659 –139 43 67 2 2 54
10 Brive 26 12 0 14 502 619 −117 40 66 3 2 53
11 Grenoble 26 11 0 15 626 735 –109 54 70 3 6 53
12 Castres 26 11 0 15 509 627 −118 50 63 4 4 52
13 Bayonne (R) 26 10 1 15 522 548 −26 44 46 5 5 52
14 Lyon (R) 26 8 1 17 469 630 −161 42 58 0 7 41

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 2015–16 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) indicates the team that advances to a play-off against the winner of the Aviva Premiership vs Pro12 play-off, or 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner if they have not already qualified for the Champions Cup.[1]
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. Updated 26 April 2015

Current squad

2015-16 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
Benat Auzqui Hooker Spain Spain
Ole Avei Hooker Samoa Samoa
Clément Maynadier Hooker France France
Xerom Civil Prop Spain Spain
Sekope Kepu Prop Australia Australia
Steven Kitshoff Prop South Africa South Africa
Francisco Gomez Kodela Prop Argentina Argentina
Jefferson Poirot Prop France France
Jean-Baptiste Poux Prop France France
Sébastien Taofifénua Prop France France
Patrick Toetu Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Berend Botha Lock South Africa South Africa
Julien Le Devedec Lock France France
Adam Jaulhac Lock France France
Jandre Marais Lock South Africa South Africa
Luke Braid Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Hugh Chalmers Flanker France France
Jean-Blaise Lespinasse Flanker France France
Louis-Benoit Madaule Flanker France France
Peter Saili Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Matthew Clarkin Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Loann Goujon Number 8 France France
Marco Tauleigne Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Heini Adams Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Yann Lesgourgues Scrum-half France France
Baptiste Serin Scrum-half France France
Lionel Beauxis Fly-half France France
Pierre Bernard Fly-half France France
Romain Lonca Fly-half France France
Felix Le Bourhis Centre France France
Adam Ashley-Cooper Centre Australia Australia
Jean-Baptiste Dubie Centre France France
Julien Reys Centre France France
Paulin Riva Centre France France
Lucas Blanc Wing France France
Charles Brousse Wing France France
Blair Connor Wing Australia Australia
Sofiane Guitoune Wing France France
Metuisela Talebula Wing Fiji Fiji
Jean-Marcellin Buttin Fullback France France
Darly Domvo Fullback France France
Nans Ducuing Fullback France France

See also


  1. "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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