Based in the ‘16th Arrondissement’ of Paris, Stade Francais CASG, commonly simply referred to as Stade Francais, has been one of the strongest and most consistent sides in French rugby since the advent of professionalism.
The side’s traditional kit consists of dark blue jerseys, red shorts and white socks, but club President Max Guazzini, a media mogul with an innovative approach to the marketing of the team, decided to mix things up and introduce some bold new design elements to their strip. Starting with the introduction of three lightning stripes the designs rapidly evolved, with a pink away shirt being introduced in 2005, followed by a number of flamboyant jerseys conceived by prominent French designers.
In recent years the side, which enjoys a fierce rivalry with fellow Parisian’s Racing Club de France, was crowned French champions in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2007, and was twice runners-up in the Heineken Cup, in 2000-01 and 2004-05.
Their current squad boasts former international players including Argentinian Felipe Contepomi and Australian’s David Lyons and Morgan Turinui alongside home-grown talent such as Pascal Pape, David Attoub and Pierre Rabadan. The side has a history of attracting some of the world’s premier players, in the past having hosted Wallabies’ stars George Smith, Radike Samo and league-convert Mark Gasnier, Argentinian legend Agustin Pichot and English loose-forward James Haskell.