Football Club de Grenoble Alpes Rugby is a French rugby union club currently playing in Top 14, the highest level of the French league system. They most recently earned promotion as champions of the second-level Pro D2 in 2012. Grenoble play most home matches at the Stade des Alpes (capacity 20,068) since 2014-2015. The club's colors are red and blue.
The club was founded in 1892 following the merger of the main clubs in Grenoble in Rhône-Alpes.
After becoming champions of the Alps in 1912, FCG reached the final of the Coupe de l'Espérance (in 1918), which replaced the old championship of France during the First World War. Since then Grenoble have regularly featured in the finals. Grenoble contributed notable players to the original French National Team, among them Edmond Besset and Felix Lasserre and Edmond Vellat. In 1931, Grenoble was one of 14 clubs who left the French Rugby Federation to create their own organization, UFRA.
In 1954, the first team, then coached by Roger Bouvarel, wrote the most beautiful page in the history of the club. FC Grenoble won his first Bouclier de Brennus and became champion of France after a 5-3 victory against the U.S. Cognac.
Champions in 1954 :
With Jean Liénard became coach, Grenoble played the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA in 1963.
In 1987, Grenoble won the Challenge Yves du Manoir against the SU Agen on the score of 26-7. This is the second major trophy for the club.
The winners of the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1987 :
The arrival of Jacques Fouroux in control of the team for the 1992–93 season associated with Michel Ringeval marks the beginning of a new era called the Mammoths of Grenoble. Despite overpowering pack Grenoble tilts on the score of 14-11. A try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres. Salles admitted the error 13 years later . .
Players Championship Final in 1993 :
Since then the club has struggled.
Grenoble play the '1999–2000 Heineken Cup in Pool 6.Results
They were relegated to the French second division and came back again.
At the end of 2004–05, they were relegated to the French second division, Rugby Pro D2, after the top level was reduced from sixteen to fourteen teams. However, they were relegated even further, to the amateur Fédérale 1, due to financial problems; an audit of the club’s books revealed debts of €3.64 million as of 30 June 2005. They earned promotion back to the professional ranks at the first opportunity, and played in Pro D2, in 2006–07; they finished their first season back in ProD2 in fourteenth place (out of sixteen), surviving the drop by one point over Limoges. They ended the 2007–08 season in eighth, close to the play-offs. In 2010–11 Grenoble finished second, losing the play-off semi-final game at home against Union Bordeaux Bègles. In 2011–12 Grenoble finished first, securing their return to the Top 14 for the 2012–13 season. In their first season back in the top flight, they were in contention for a playoff place early in the season, but faded to 11th, still safely above the relegation zone.Top 14
Champions (1) : 1954
Runners-up (1) : 1993
Coupe de l'Espérance
Runners-up (1) : 1918
French second division:
Champions (2) : 1951, 2012
Runners-up (1) : 2002
Challenge Yves du Manoir:
Champions (1) : 1987
Runners-up (3) : 1969, 1986, 1990
Challenge Jean Bouin:
Runners-up (2) : 1992, 1994
French Championship Reserves:
Champions (6) : 1921 (Third Team), 1950, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1980 (Nationale B)
Runners-up (2) : 1969, 1972
Champions (4) : 1981, 1992, 2013, 2014
Runners-up (3) : 1989, 1990, 1993
Challenge complete club:
Champions (1) : 1993
European Champion Clubs' Cup FIRA:
Runners-up (1) : 1963
2016-17 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.