Rugby. Nantes, Le Mans, Vannes… Is Racing 92 successful in its moves?

Juan Imhoff after Racing 92’s win against Agen at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on May 5, 2018. (© Icon Sports)

This Sunday, May 15, the race 92 welcome LaRochelle in the semifinals of champion cup, not at the Paris La Defense Arena, but to Bollaert Delelis Stadium, in lens. His usual enclosure in Nanterre is occupied by the musical group Sexion d’Assautwho gave two concerts there on May 14th and 15th, which forced the Ciel et Blancs to organize this Franco-French shock in the Pas de Calais.

It’s a limitation that the residents of Ile-de-France had already experienced during the season’s play-offs top 14 2018-2019. It was already against La Rochelle and the Racingmen had returned to their historic hideout, the stadium Yves du Manoir, because the U-Arena was requisitioned for a Mylène Farmer concert. This last move ended in a loss (19-13) to the Maritimes. Of course, we do not wish the same fate to the supporters of the Ile-de-France this Sunday at 4 p.m.

64% wins in 17 moves

In total, Racing 92 has already made 17 moves since 2011. As a result, Racing 92 uses the opportunity to increase ticket sales with the European Cup and also to win a new audience. The receptions of Muenster and Saracens took place during the Champions Cup group stage of the 2012-2013 season Stade de France (Saint-Denis) and at Beaujoire Stadium, to nantes, in front of 21,102 and 35,085 spectators respectively. When the men of Gonzalo Quesada, The then head coach had dominated Munster (22:17), they lost (28:37) against Sarries.

Ile-de-France executives generally choose to move a reception from a large French or European team. From his 17 appearances, the six-time French champion has a total of 11 wins, ie 64.7% of displaced successes. A win against La Rochelle this Sunday would muster that number 66.6%.

The Stade de France, Racing 92’s favorite arena

In the 2010-2011 season, the Ciel et Blanc strongman, Jackie Lorenzettiannounced Racing 92’s first-ever move. It was a huge shock on Day 22 of the Top 14, against the Toulouse Stadium, reigning European champion this year.

On this occasion, Racing 92 beat theirs Record number of visitors for a French league regular-season game, since 71,704 people had traveled there St Denis to witness the improved victory (43-21) of the Ile-de-France club. This game is the first of a series of 5 games at the largest stadium in France. Since 2011, Racing 92 have moved a total of 8 games to the Stade de France.

Le Mans, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Vannes, Le Havre… Racing 92 is exported en masse

Accustomed to Saint-Denis but also to Nantes, the three-time European finalist began to vary goals from the 2014-2015 season. For the 4and day of champion cup, the reception of the Welsh osprey (win 18-14) had taken place at the MMArena from man (Sarthe). In the same season, the match against Grenoble took place at the Stade Océane in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), where the former Racing Métro 92 won in front of 13,476 spectators (34-29).

The following two seasons, the receptions of Toulon and from clermont had argued Pierre Mauroy Stadium, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq (North). On the final day of the 2017-2018 top 14 season, Racing 92 swept away a rejuvenated Agen (42-13). rabine stadium, in Vannes (Morbihan).

Currently 4and in the top 14 and in the race to qualify for the championship, Racing 92 could see a second move this season if Laurent Travers’ players win a play-off at home. In fact, her playground at La Paris La Défense Arena will be occupied by the British singer on June 11th and 12th Elton-John.

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