Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: -2°C Thursday 15 April 2021

Fallen giants Biarritz relegated to French third division

The five-time Top14 champions have been demoted because of financial problems.

Dimitri Yachvili celebrates Biarritz's Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster back in 2010.
Dimitri Yachvili celebrates Biarritz's Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster back in 2010.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

FIVE-TIME FRENCH champions Biarritz’s continuing fall from grace saw them relegated Friday to the third division from the ProD2 because of financial problems.

The club, last winners of the French league in 2006, were relegated from the elite Top 14 in 2014, and will from next season play in Federale 1, according to the LNR, the body that runs professional rugby in France.

Biarritz, twice runners-up in the European Cup (2006, 2010) and Challenge Cup winners in 2012, have seven days in which to appeal to the French rugby federation over their relegation.

The LNR’s financial watchdog had previously asked the Basque club to stump up one million euros to ensure an adequate budget for the 2018/19 season.

Biarritz’s woes saw former France international full-back Nicolas Brusque stripped of the club presidency in February by majority shareholders A-Team Sports Investments (ATSI), which holds a 52% share in the club.

Brusque’s successor Benjamin Gufflet, owner of the Surf Session magazine, only lasted 53 days as infighting gripped, and continues to grip, the club, currently presided over by Benoit Raynaud.

© – AFP 2018

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

Isa Nacewa won’t be replacing Girvan Dempsey as Leinster’s attack coach

About the author:


Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel