|Full name||Castres Olympique|
|Ground(s)||Stade Pierre-Antoine (Capacity: 11,500)|
|2013–14||6th (playoff finalists)|
Castres Olympique (French pronunciation: [kastʁ olimpik]) is a French rugby union club located in the Midi-Pyrénées city of Castres and currently competing in the top level of the French league system.
The team won four French top-division championships in 1949, 1950, 1993 and 2013, as well as one Coupe de France in 1948.
In 1898 several alumni of Castres' municipal college met in a city centre bar and decided to create a team allowing them to play their favourite sport, rugby union. For the first few years this team was part of a multisport club up until 1906. Unhappy with the dominating position cycling had within the club, the members of the rugby section decided to leave and create a club of their own, solely dedicated to their sport. It was decided that this club would be named Castres Olympique and its colours would be changed from yellow and black to its current blue, white and grey.
The new club reached the top flight after only 15 years of existence and has remained there ever since, bar for a couple of years during the 80s when the club was in the then Section B of the 1st division. The club has never left the 1st division since 1921.
For a while Castres Olympique would experience mixed fortunes up until 1948 when they reached and won their first Coupe de France. The prestigious championship would follow a year later, and again in 1950.
From the 1960s the club would experience a stream of mediocre seasons and steady decline until Pierre Fabre, the founder of a local pharmaceutical company, decided to take over the club and restore it to its former relative glory in 1988.
The 1992-93 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Castres who beat Grenoble 14-11 in the final, but a try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres. Salles admitted the error 13 years later . .
The club reached the final again in 1995 losing to Toulouse.
- French championship:
- Champions (4) : 1949, 1950, 1993, 2013
- Runners-up (1) : 1995
- Coupe de France:
- Champions (1) : 1948
- Challenge Yves du Manoir:
- Runners-up (1) : 1993
- Group B French Champions:
- Champions (1) : 1989
- European Challenge Cup:
- Runners-up (2) : 1997, 2000
- European Shield:
- Champions (1) : 2003
|22 May 1949||Castres Olympique||Stade Montois||14-3 1||Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse||23,000|
|16 April 1950||Castres Olympique||Racing Club de France||11-8||Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse||25,000|
|5 June 1993||Castres Olympique||FC Grenoble||14-11||Parc des Princes, Paris||48,000|
|6 May 1995||Stade Toulousain||Castres Olympique||31-16||Parc des Princes, Paris||48,615|
|1 June 2013||Castres Olympique||RC Toulon||19-14||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||80,033|
|31 May 2014||RC Toulon||Castres Olympique||18-10||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||80,174|
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
|Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) indicates the team that advances to a play-off against the winner of the Pro12 vs Aviva Premiership play-off, or 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner if they have not already qualified for the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 2 January 2015
2014-15 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Notable former players
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- Ignacio Fernández Lobbe
- Mario Ledesma
- Phil Christophers
- Paul Volley
- Marc Andreu
- David Attoub
- David Bory
- Mathieu Bourret
- Alain Carminati
- Thomas Castaignède
- Gerard Cholley
- Arnaud Costes
- Yann Delaigue
- Richard Dourthe
- Romain Froment
- Karim Ghezal
- Raphaël Ibañez
- Benjamin Kayser
- Thierry Lacroix
- Lionel Nallet
- Pascal Papé
- Jean-Baptiste Peyras-Loustalet
- Matthias Rolland
- Nicolas Spanghero
- Patrick Tabacco
- Guilaume Taussac
- Romain Teulet
- Sébastien Tillous-Borde
- Adrian Lungu
- Akvsenti Giorgadze
- Pablo Canavosio
- Ramiro Pez
- Fabio Staibano
- Kees Lensing
- Frank Bunce
- Carl Hoeft
- Kees Meeuws
- Kevin Senio
- Gary Whetton
- Darron Nell
- Kirill Kulemin
- Laloa Milford
- Joe Tekori
- Freddie Tuilagi
- Glenn Metcalfe
- Gregor Townsend
- Pierre-Emmanuel Garcia
- Salesi Sika
- lacapitale_sto3554485/story.shtml "Combien de fois Bayonne s’est imposé dans la capitale ?". www.rugbyrama.fr. Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l’insupportable aveu de l’arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 june 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/. 29 nomvenber 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. Check date values in:
- "Pierre Fabre, founder of pharmaceutical giant, dies". Agence France Presse (France 24). 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- (French) Castres Olympique Official website