CA Brive

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Brive
Ca brive badge.png
Full name Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin
Founded 1910; 104 years ago (1910)
Location Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Ground(s) Stade Amédée-Domenech (Capacity: 15,000)
President Jean-Jacques Bertrand
Coach(es) Nicolas Godignon
Captain(s) Arnaud Mela
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 9th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.cabrive-rugby.com

Club athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin (or simply "CA Brive") is a French rugby union team founded in 1910 and based in Brive-la-Gaillarde in the département of Corrèze of the Limousin région . They wear black and white and play in the Stade Amédée-Domenech (capacity 15,000).

History[edit]

The club was created on 15 March 1910 established on 12 October 1912. Before the Second World War, Brive changed from rugby union to rugby league but returned to union after the war.

It played regularly in the First Division, and established itself as the stronghold of rugby in Limousin but for many years its only title was a Second Division trophy won in 1957. Brive did not make it to the final of the First Division championship until 1965. On 23 May that year they met SU Agen at Stade de Gerland in Lyon only to lose 15–8. Brive next made it to the final in the 1972 season, where they faced AS Béziers on May 21 in Lyon again, and again the Black and White came out the losers, as Béziers won their second consecutive title (9–0). Brive met AS Béziers in the final again three season later, in 1975. By then, Béziers had become the unbeatable team of the decade, and they won their fifth title, this time by just one point (13–12), at Parc des Princes in Paris. Brive experienced a resurgence in the middle of the 1990s, first in 1996, when they made their first finals appearance since the mid-1970s in Paris. Brive however went down 20–13 to Stade Toulousain. It was their fourth losing final. Only one club have lost more finals without winning one than them (US Dax 5). That year however, they won the famed Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating Pau 12–6. The following season, they made it to the final of the Heineken Cup where they faced the Leicester Tigers from England at Cardiff Arms Park. Brive finally won a final, defeating the Tigers 28–9.[1] So far, they are one of only two clubs to win the European Cup without ever winning the domestic championship, the other club being the Northampton Saints. On 22 February 1997, Brive, as European champions, were pitted against Auckland Blues who had recently won the Super 12. The French team were no competition to an extra powerful Kiwi side which won easily 47–11.[2] In 1998 Brive again reached the final of the Heineken Cup, this time against Bath. They came agonizingly close to capturing back-to-back titles, losing by just one point, 19–18 at Parc Lescure in Bordeaux.

Since then, however, the club has been in dire straits, as it was subjected to a punitive relegation to the second division in 2000 due to bad financial management. They bounced back two years later and have struggled ever since in the lower echelons of the league table, except in 2004 when they managed to qualify for the playoffs. In 2005, Brive went to the semi-finals of European Challenge Cup, but they lose against Pau. In 2009, after taking the sixth place of the Championship, the Black and White could participate to the Heineken Cup, but the competition was difficult for them, against the Europeans champions the Leinster, the Llanelli Scarlets and the London Irish.

After difficulties and a relegation in second divition in 2012, they return in Top 14 next year, in defeat Pau.[3]

Players past and present[edit]

Brive have bred some 30 players who went on to play for France. Among them, Amédée Domenech, nicknamed "Le Duc"" ("the Duke") who played there in the 50s and 60s, and gave his name to the stadium shortly after his death in 2003. Prolific flanker Olivier Magne, fly-half Christophe Lamaison or Alain Penaud, number-eight Jean-Luc Joinel and hooker Michel Yachvili, the father of Dimitri Yachvili, also wore the CAB jersey. Argentinian fly-half Lisandro Arbizu and powerful prop Christian Martin also played for them. Two French internationals are currently playing for Brive, fullback Alexis Palisson and Arnaud Méla. But the club has become home to many Pacific Islanders including the Fijian Norman Ligairi, the Samoa and Gloucester legend Terry Fanolua and Tongan Suka Hufanga. They recently signed Welsh International, Barry Davies from the Llanelli Scarlets and Andy Goode from the Leicester Tigers, and have also signed New Zealand-born England international Riki Flutey from London Wasps effective with the 2009–10 season.

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Stadium Spectators
23 May 1965 SU Agen CA Brive 15–8 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 28.758
21 May 1972 AS Béziers CA Brive 9–0 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 31.161
18 May 1975 AS Béziers CA Brive 13–12 Parc des Princes, Paris 39.991
1 June 1996 Stade Toulousain CA Brive 20–13 Parc des Princes, Paris 48.162

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Stadium Spectators
1 June 1963 Pau CA Brive 12-6 Stade Charléty, Paris 13.000
18 May 1974 RC Narbonne CA Brive 19–10 Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes
27 January 1996 CA Brive SU Agen 11–0 Parc des Princes, Paris 13.000

Coupe de France[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Stadium Spectators
1 June 2000 Biarritz Olympique CA Brive 24-13 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux

Heineken Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-Up Score Stadium Spectators
25 January 1997 CA Brive Leicester Tigers 28–9 Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff 41.664
31 January 1998 Bath Rugby CA Brive 19–18 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 36.500

Current standings[edit]

2013–14 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Toulon (CH) 26 16 1 9 660 466 +194 54 27 5 6 77
2 Montpellier (SF) 26 15 1 10 670 525 +145 59 46 7 7 76
3 Clermont Auvergne (QF) 26 15 1 10 659 500 +159 59 37 6 5 73
4 Toulouse (QF) 26 13 2 11 548 442 +106 53 30 7 6 69[n 1]
5 Racing Métro (SF) 26 15 2 9 459 448 +11 32 34 1 4 69
6 Castres Olympique (RU) 26 13 2 11 567 488 +79 50 35 6 4 66
7 Stade Français 26 14 1 11 529 496 +33 46 46 3 4 65
8 Bordeaux Bègles 26 13 0 13 629 573 +56 58 44 5 7 64
9 Brive 26 11 2 13 473 476 -3 32 36 4 9 61
10 Bayonne 26 11 1 14 424 549 -125 29 48 1 7 54
11 Grenoble 26 11 2 13 465 625 -160 32 52 1 4 53
12 Oyonnax 26 11 1 14 456 562 -106 34 49 1 4 51[n 2]
13 Perpignan (R) 26 10 1 15 486 593 -107 35 48 2 7 51
14 Biarritz Olympique (R) 26 5 1 20 374 656 -282 27 68 0 8 30

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  2. Points difference in head-to-head matches
  3. Try differential in head-to-head matches
  4. Points difference in all matches
  5. Try differential in all matches
  6. Points scored in all matches
  7. Tries scored in all matches
  8. Fewer matches forfeited'
  9. Classification in the previous Top 14 season
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup. Yellow background (rows 3 and 4) receive home quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) receive away quarter-final play-off places, and will also receive Champions Cup berths. Orange background (row 7) indicates team that advances to a play-off against the seventh-place team from the English Premiership for a place in the Champions Cup. Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 31 May 2014 Source: ESPN Scrum
  1. ^ Toulouse won the head-to-head matches with Racing Métro 5 – 4 on match points so rank higher.
  2. ^ Oyonnax and Perpignan each gained 4 match points from their head-to-head games; Oyonnax won 34 – 31 on agregate points so rank higher.

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2014–15 season, see List of 2014–15 Top 14 transfers#Brive.

2014–15 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Louis Acosta Hooker France France
Thomas Acquier Hooker France France
Francois Da Ros Hooker France France
Guillaume Ribas Hooker France France
Karlen Asieshvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Pat Barnard Prop South Africa South Africa
Kevin Buys Prop South Africa South Africa
Johan Coetzee Prop South Africa South Africa
Damien Jourdain Prop France France
Damien Lavergne Prop France France
Goderdzi Shvelidze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Yusuf Tuncer Prop France France
Russlan Boukerou Lock France France
Olivier Caisso Lock France France
Victor Lebas Lock France France
Peet Marais Lock South Africa South Africa
Arnaud Méla Lock France France
Simon Pinet Lock France France
Tjiuee Uanivi Lock Namibia Namibia
Saïd Hireche Flanker France France
Sisa Koyamaibole Flanker Fiji Fiji
Fabian Laurent Flanker France France
Poutasi Luafutu Flanker Australia Australia
Lucas Lyons Flanker France France
Fabian Sanconnia Flanker France France
Dominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker Fiji Fiji
Hughes Briatte Number 8 France France
Petrus Hauman Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Kieran Murphy Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Nicolas Bézy Scrum-half France France
Damien Neveu Scrum-half France France
Jean-Baptiste Péjoine Scrum-half France France
Thomas Laranjeira Fly-half France France
Anderson Neisen Fly-half France France
Roman Sola Fly-half France France
Paul Ah Him Centre Samoa Samoa
Andrew Ma'ilei Centre Tonga Tonga
Arnaud Mignardi Centre France France
Guillaume Namy Centre France France
Thomas Sanchou Centre France France
Atila Septar Centre France France
Riaan Swoepoel Centre South Africa South Africa
Baptiste Delage Wing France France
Sevania Galala Wing Fiji Fiji
Benito Masilevu Wing Fiji Fiji
Malakai Bakaniceva Radikedike Wing Fiji Fiji
Venione Vortemaya Wing Fiji Fiji
Gaëtan Germain Fullback France France
Alfie Mafi Fullback Australia Australia

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X. 
  2. ^ Pope, Bruce (23 February 1997). "Brive out with the washing". The Independent (London: INM). ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Imakhoukhene, Hamid (19 May 2013). "Brive ne l'a pas volée". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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