Oyonnax Rugby

Union sportive Oyonnax Rugby is a French rugby union club from Oyonnax [ɔ.jɔ.na] in the Ain département of the région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, currently playing in the Top 14, elite 1st division of the country's professional rugby system, Top 14. They play at Stade Charles-Mathon (capacity 11,400[1]). They wear black and red.

Full nameUnion Sportive Oyonnax Rugby
Founded1909 (1909)
LocationOyonnax, France
Ground(s)Stade Charles-Mathon (Capacity: 11,500)
PresidentJean-Marc Manducher
Coach(es)Johann Authier
League(s)Rugby Pro D2
2018–192nd (playoff semi-finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website


They were founded in 1909 as Club Sportif Oyonnaxien and were renamed Union Sportive Oyonaxienne in 1940, as sports clubs were forced to unite by the Vichy régime. Oyonnax played in the regional leagues until 1967 when they joined the First Division (64 clubs). They were relegated to the lower divisions a few years later and bounced back to Group B of the First Division (the Second Division in fact) in 1988. Finally, in 2003 they reached the Fédérale 1 final and although they went down to Limoges (18-20), they moved on to the professional Pro D2. In the 2012/13 season, they won Pro D2 and were promoted to the top-flight Top 14. They were repromoted after 2016/17, having been relegated the previous season.


Current standings

The current table for the 2019–20 Rugby Pro D2 is:[2]

2019–20 Rugby Pro D2 Table
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
7Soyaux Angoulême14716260276-162335
16Valence Romans142012239419-1800513
Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Points Total
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final Promotion play-off places.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final Promotion play-off places.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.

Current squad

The Oyonnax squad for the 2017–18 Top 14 season is:[3][lower-alpha 1]

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
Hika Elliot Hooker New Zealand
Benjamin Gélédan Hooker France
Quentin MacDonald Hooker New Zealand
Kevin Buys Prop South Africa
Pietro Ceccarelli Prop Italy
Vincent Debaty Prop France
Irakli Mirtskhulava Prop Georgia
Tommy Raynaud Prop France
Hoani Tui Prop New Zealand
Khatchik Vartanov Prop France
Giorgi Vepkhvadze Prop Georgia
Phoenix Battye Lock Australia
Geoffrey Fabbri Lock France
Christian Njewel Lock Cameroon
Steven Sykes Lock South Africa
Manuel Leindekar Lock Uruguay
Luc Barba Flanker France
Curtis Browning Flanker Australia
Maurie Faʻasavalu Flanker Samoa
Patrick Sobela Flanker France
Bilil Taieb Flanker France
Valentin Ursache Flanker Romania
Rory Grice Number 8 New Zealand
Viliami Maʻafu Number 8 Tonga
Player Position Union
Julien Audy Scrum-half France
Jérémy Gondrand Scrum-half France
James Hall Scrum-half South Africa
Ben Botica Fly-half New Zealand
Anthony Fuertes Fly-half France
Christopher Ruiz Fly-half France
Roimata Hansell-Pune Centre New Zealand
Matt Hopper Centre England
Mitch Inman Centre Australia
Vincent Lasmarrigues Centre France
José Lima Centre Portugal
Maxime Veau Centre France
Bjorn Basson [lower-alpha 1] Wing South Africa
Dug Codjo Wing France
Tim Giresse Wing France
Daniel Ikpefan Wing France
Axel Müller Wing Argentina
Quentin Étienne Fullback France
UJ Seuteni Fullback Australia
Silvère Tian Fullback Ivory Coast
  • Notes:
  1. Bjorn Basson signed as a medical joker for Matt Hopper.[4]

See also


  1. "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. "Les Oyomen". Oyonnax Rugby (in French). Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. "Björn Basson rejoint l'US Oyonnax Rugby comme joker médical de Matthew Hopper" (Press release) (in French). USO Rugby. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
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