Challenge Yves du Manoir

The Challenge Yves du Manoir was a major tournament of the best rugby union teams in France, which was played from 1932 to 2003. It was named after the national player Yves du Manoir, who had arrived in January 1928 in a plane crash.


The Challenge Yves du Manoir was officially launched on September 21, 1931 by the Racing Club de France, supported by two other clubs, CA Begles and AS Montferrandaise. 1930 had decided twelve clubs to withdraw from the Fédération Française de Rugby ( FFR) and to establish a competitive organization that to 1932 existing Union Française de Rugby Amateur ( UFRA ). So they protested against the increasing violence on the field and gradually increasing the professionalism, the 1931 finally led to the exclusion of France from the Five Nations Championship.

Although the Racing Club did not belong to these clubs and stayed with the FFR, the board was still the opinion that one must make rugby more attractive. For this competition special rules that promoted an attractive and fast-paced game were. For example, there was no standard situations (neither Penalties still increases) to speed up the game.

The participating teams were invited by the Racing Club de France. The competitions in 1932, 1933 and 1952 were played in a round- robin system. In the intervening years came after the Round Robin added a play-off in the knockout system. The winner of the final match won the cup. The Challenge was in addition to the regular championship of the most important competition in France.

From 1940 to 1951, the Challenge did not take place; During this time, the FFR was trying to establish the coupe de France. In 1996, the FFR Challenge with the Coupe de France together for the Trophée Du- Manoir Coupe de France. In 2001 the name was changed to Coupe de la Ligue. 2003, the last year of its existence, was named the competition Challenge Sud- Radio.

In recent years, the Challenge had lost more and more important because the best players participated in the attractive European cup competitions Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup and next to the championship simply did not have time. Since 2004, the competition lives under the name Tournoi National des Ecoles de Rugby continue, but there is here a tournament for players under 15.

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