2011–12 Rugby Pro D2 season
|2011–12 Rugby Pro D2 season|
The 2011–12 Rugby Pro D2 is the current second-level French rugby union club competition, behind the Top 14, for the 2011–12 season. It runs alongside the 2011–12 Top 14 competition; both competitions are operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR).
The top team at the end of the regular season (after all the teams played one another twice, once at home, once away), is declared champion and earns a spot in the next Top 14 season. Teams ranked second to fifth compete in promotion playoffs, with the semifinals being played at the home ground of the higher-ranked team. The final is then played on neutral ground, and the winner earned the second ticket to the next Top 14.
The LNR uses a slightly different bonus points system from that used in most other rugby competitions. It trialled a new system in 2007–08 explicitly designed to prevent a losing team from earning more than one bonus point in a match, a system that also made it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match. LNR chose to continue with this system for subsequent seasons.
France's bonus point system operates as follows:
Updated as of 07 November 2011
- "French try out new bonus point system". Planet-Rugby.com. 2007-06-27. http://www.planet-rugby.com/Story/0,18259,3559_2450951,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
- ^ "Article 330, Section 3.2. Points "terrain"" (in French). Règlements de la Ligue Nationale de Rugby 2008/2009, Chapitre 2 : Règlement sportif du Championnat de France Professionnel. Ligue Nationale de Rugby. http://www.lnr.fr/omm/upload/3%20-%20Titre%20II%20-%20Reglement%20sportif%202008%20-2009.pdf. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Pro D2 : 2011/2012 - results, fixtures, tables - Rugby - It's rugby". Itsrugby.co.uk. http://www.itsrugby.co.uk/result-prod2-2011.html. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
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