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French Pro D2

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Established
2000 (23 years old)

First Recorded Event
2012-08-25

Current Season
2022-2023

API Football ID
17

Sport
Rugby

Location
France

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Pro D2

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Upcoming Events
09 Feb 23 Oyonnax Rugby  - Biarritz Olympi
10 Feb 23 SU Agen Lot-et-  - Mont-de-Marsan
10 Feb 23 Soyaux Angoulê  - RC Massy
10 Feb 23 Aurillac  - Carcassonne
10 Feb 23 Colomiers  - Béziers
10 Feb 23 Provence  - Nevers
10 Feb 23 Rouen  - FC Grenoble
10 Feb 23 Vannes  - US Montauban
16 Feb 23 SU Agen Lot-et-  - Provence
17 Feb 23 Mont-de-Marsan  - Vannes

Latest Results
03 Feb 23 Béziers 22 - 13  Soyaux Angoulê
03 Feb 23 Biarritz Olympi 19 - 13  Vannes
03 Feb 23 FC Grenoble 20 - 16  SU Agen Lot-et-
03 Feb 23 RC Massy 22 - 17  Carcassonne
03 Feb 23 Mont-de-Marsan 12 - 28  Provence
03 Feb 23 Nevers 22 - 18  Aurillac
03 Feb 23 US Montauban 25 - 19  Colomiers
02 Feb 23 Rouen 17 - 13  Oyonnax Rugby
27 Jan 23 Vannes 22 - 24  Nevers
27 Jan 23 Provence 25 - 44  Béziers

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Rugby Pro D2, also known as Pro D2 is the second tier of rugby union club competition division in France. It is operated by Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) which also runs the division directly above, the first division Top 14. Rugby Pro D2 was introduced in 2000. It is the world's best supported second tier rugby union league.

Season structure
There is relegation and promotion between both the Top 14 and Fédérale 1, the third-level competition. The top club at the end of the season is automatically promoted to the Top 14; through the 2016–17 season, the 2nd through 5th place teams play each other for the second promotion place. The bottom two are automatically relegated to Fédérale 1. The bottom two clubs of the Top 14 and the top two of Fédérale 1 then enter the Rugby Pro D2 for the next season.

There are 30 rounds in the regular season, with each team playing each other team home and away. The two halves of the season are played in the same order, with the away team in the first half of the season at home in the second half. The semi-finals and final take place in May, with the second- and third-place teams hosting the semi-finals and the final taking place at a predetermined site. At present, 16 clubs compete in the competition.

All promotions are contingent on passing a postseason financial audit required for all clubs. Also, if a club above the bottom two places fails the audit, it may be relegated in the place of a club that would otherwise have been relegated. This was especially an issue in the 2015–16 season, when four clubs faced at least the prospect of relegation for financial reasons. During the season, Tarbes were dropped to Fédérale 1 effective with the 2016–17 season, and Biarritz, Bourgoin and Narbonne were also dropped at the end of the season, pending appeals. Ultimately, Biarritz, Bourgoin, and Narbonne all won their appeals and remained in Pro D2.

Changes for 2017–18 and beyond
In August 2016, LNR released a strategic plan outlining its vision for French rugby through the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The plan includes significant changes to the top levels of the league system, with Pro D2 seeing especially dramatic changes starting with the 2017–18 season.

Starting with 2017–18, Pro D2 will adopt a playoff system identical to that of the Top 14, with the top six teams on the league table qualifying. The top two teams receive byes into the semifinals, where they will face the winners of quarterfinal matches involving the remaining four sides.
Only the Pro D2 champions will be assured of promotion to the Top 14. The losing finalist will enter a playoff with the second-from-bottom Top 14 side, with the winner taking up the final Top 14 place.


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2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

Teams

Aurillac

Béziers

Biarritz Olympi

Carcassonne

Colomiers

FC Grenoble

Mont-de-Marsan

Nevers

Oyonnax Rugby

Provence

RC Massy

Rouen

Soyaux Angoulê

SU Agen Lot-et-Ga

US Montauban

Vannes

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