Provence Rugby

Full name Provence Rugby
Founded 1970 (1970)
Location Aix-en-Provence, France
Ground(s) Stade Maurice David
President Denis Philipon
Coach(es) Gilbert Doucet and
Thierry Fournier
League(s) Fédérale 1
2015–16 16th, Pro D2
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website

Provence Rugby (Occitan: Provença Rugbi) is a French rugby union club currently playing in Fédérale 1, the semi-professional third tier of France's league system. They had been promoted to the second level, the fully professional Pro D2, for the 2015–16 season, but went straight back down after the season.

Based in Aix-en-Provence in the Bouches-du-Rhône just north of Marseille, the club was founded in 1970. They currently play at Stade Maurice David and wear black. The club was known as Aix Rugby Club from 1970 to 2001, and Pays d'Aix Rugby Club (PARC) from 2001 to 2015.

At the end of 2004/5 they were promoted to Pro D2 but were relegated back to Fédérale 1 at the end of the season. They would return to Pro D2 as runners-up to Lannemezan in 2009. In the 2009–10 season, they finished next-to-last on the league table, in a relegation spot. However, they were reprieved when Top 14 club Montauban filed for bankruptcy and were relegated directly to Fédérale 1. They would suffer the drop after the 2012-13 season, not returning until 2015–16.

By that time, they had changed their name to the current Provence Rugby, officially announcing the name change on 22 June 2015.[1]

Provence finished last in the 2015–16 Pro D2 season. Initially, they were spared relegation when four clubs were relegated to Fédérale 1 due to financial mismanagement, but three of these eventually won appeals and remained in Pro D2,[2][3] consigning Provence to the drop.


One of several logos used by the club in the early 21st century.

Current standings

2015–16 Rugby Pro D2 Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 3025 0 5971493 +478 134117
2 Bayonne 3019110658602 +56 4486
3 Aurillac 3018012724613 +111 6381
4 Mont De Marsan 3017 1 12655611 +44 5378
5 Colomiers 3016 3 11629590 +39 4 478
6 Béziers 3017 1 12745662 +83 4377
7 Perpignan 3015114676615 +61 5673
8 Biarritz 3014 0 16674656 +18 3564
9 Bourgoin3012018595642 −47 5 962
10 Albi 3013515591643 −52 2462
11 Narbonne 3013 0 17602653 –51 2660
12 Montauban 3012018570624 -541958
13 Tarbes 3013 0 17543630 –87 0953
14 Carcassonne 3011019484741 −257 0549
15 Dax 3010119538713 −175 1548
16 Provence Rugby 3010 0 20549716 −167 1546
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14.
Yellow background denotes winner of the promotion play-offs.
Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Red background denotes relegation to Fédérale 1.

Note: When two teams have the same points total, position is calculated by results between teams before points difference.
Note: Tarbes had 8 points deducted and were automatically relegated at the end of the season.

Current squad

2016-17 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
Valentin Carrat Hooker France France
Talemaitoga Tuapati Hooker Fiji Fiji
Matías Agüero Prop France France
Youssef Amrouni Prop France France
Francisco Domingues Prop Portugal Portugal
Florian Lescadieu Prop France France
Mohammed Loukia Prop France France
Teva Maké Prop France France
Jesus Moreno Rodriguez Prop Spain Spain
Giorgi Zakashvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Manu Charlier Lock France France
Addison Lockley Lock England England
Karolis Navickas Lock Lithuania Lithuania
Anthony Potente Lock France France
Ross Skeate Lock South Africa South Africa
Alexandre Audat Flanker France France
Cédric Beal Flanker France France
Jannie Bornman Flanker South Africa South Africa
Florian Munoz Rivero Flanker France France
Loïc Verdy Flanker France France
Player Position Union
Julien Berger Scrum-half Belgium Belgium
Sonny Cecot Scrum-half France France
Sylvain Bouillon Fly-half France France
Régis Lespinas Fly-half France France
Erwan Meudic-Brun Fly-half France France
Jérôme Jacquet Centre France France
Laurent Tranier Centre France France
Lucas Caneda Wing Argentina Argentina
Charles Brousse Wing France France
Eddy Labarthe Wing France France
Leone Naisorotabua Wing Fiji Fiji
Marika Vakacegu Wing Fiji Fiji
Arthur Cestaro Fullback France France
Thibaut Zambelli Fullback France France

Notable former players


  1. "LE PARC devient Provence Rugby" (Press release) (in French). Provence Rugby. 22 June 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  2. "Biarritz et Narbonne Maintenus en PRO D2" [Biarritz and Narbonne Remain in Pro D2] (Press release) (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. "Bourgoin Reste en PRO D2" [Bourgoin Remains in Pro D2] (Press release) (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
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