Lyon promoted to Top 14

Date published: April 26 2014

Big-spending Lyon were promoted to the Top 14 on Saturday as a 31-13 defeat of Tarbes assured them the Pro D2 title.

Big-spending Lyon were promoted to the Top 14 on Saturday as a bonus-point 31-13 defeat of Tarbes assured them the Pro D2 championship title.

Lyon, who with a budget of 15million euros have recruited the likes of former France internationals Lionel Nallet and Sebastien Chabal, last played in the Top 14 in the 2011/12 season but finished bottom and were relegated.

LOU won the old French title in 1932 and 1933 but have not been a real force since. They will be joined in the elite league by a second club, who will emerge from the play-offs contested by the second to fifth-placed teams.

The two promoted clubs will replace already relegated Biarritz and one of Oyonnax, Perpignan and Bayonne, who play their final matches of the season next weekend.

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