Lyon OU

Lyon Olympique Universitaire (short Lyon OU ) is a polysportiver club from the French city of Lyon. It consists of 13 departments, where Rugby Union is by far the most important and successful. The rugby team playing in the second highest league Pro D2 and bear its home games at Matmut Stadium. Lyon OU was two times champion of France in the 1930s.

In the 1940s, even the football players were represented in the professional sector, namely 1942/43 and 1944/45, in Division 1 South, 1945/46 in the first division and single-track again from 1946 to 1950 in Division 2


Lyon OU is one of France's oldest sports clubs and is among the first who founded a rugby department outside of Paris. The club was originally called Racing Club and was born in 1896 from the merger of the Racing Club de Vaise and the Rugby Club de Lyon. He changed his name in 1902 Racing Cercle et Réunis after several other sports clubs had joined. A few months later, the club was renamed Lyon Olympique Lyon Olympique and finally in 1910 in Universitaire. 1934, joined the Rugby department of local rivals FC Lyon LOU.

The rugby team celebrated their biggest success in the early 1930s. It reached 1931 for the first time the Cup final, where they defeated but RC Toulon. 1932 Lyon OU won the final match against RC Narbonne for himself and repeated this success the following year against the same team. Then there was 1933, the overall victory in the Challenge Yves du Manoir prestigious.

Lyon OU slipped after these successes from the midfield, but still reached the semi-finals of the Championship four times (1937, 1949, 1951, 1959). Later, the team played for several decades in the amateur leagues and created in 2002 the rise in the second professional league. 2011 succeeded in promotion to the top league Top 14, but after just one season, the team was relegated again.


  • Champion: 1932, 1933
  • Cup finalist: 1931
  • Winner Challenge Yves du Manoir: 1933
  • 2nd Challenge Yves du Manoir: 1932
  • Master 2nd Division: 1989, 1992
  • Master Pro D2: 2011
  • Amateur champion Fédérale 1: 2002

Championship finals of Lyon OU

Well-known former players

  • Bob Burgess (New Zealand)
  • Chris Laidlaw (New Zealand)
  • Paul Mauriat