Castres Olympique

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Castres Olympique
Castres olympique badge.png
Full name Castres Olympique
Founded 1906; 108 years ago (1906)
Location Castres, France
Ground(s) Stade Pierre-Antoine (Capacity: 11,500)
President France Michel Dhomps
Coach(es) France Serge Milhas
France David Darricarrere
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 6th (playoff finalists)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.castres-olympique.com

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.

Founded in 1898, the club took its current name in 1906. They play at the Stade Pierre-Antoine, which is one of the smallest in Top 14 with a capacity of 11,500. The team wear blue and white kits.

The team won four French top-division championships in 1949, 1950, 1993 and 2013, as well as one Coupe de France in 1948.

History[edit]

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[1] 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[2] .[3] .[4]

The club reached the final again in 1995 losing to Toulouse.

The 2012-13 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Castres who beat Toulon 19–14 in the final.[5]

The team's owner, Pierre Fabre, the founder of Laboratoires Pierre Fabre. died on July 20, 2013.[6]

Honours[edit]

Finals results[edit]

French championship[edit]

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
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 80,000

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#Castres.
  • Players capped internationally in bold.[7]

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

Player Position Union
Mathieu Bonello Hooker France France
Brice Mach Hooker France France
Marc-Antoine Rallier Hooker France France
Michael Coetzee Prop South Africa South Africa
Mihai Lazăr Prop Romania Romania
Yannick Forestier Prop France France
George Marich Prop South Africa South Africa
Anton Peikrishvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Saimone Taumoepeau Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Karena Wihongi Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Rodrigo Capo Ortega Lock Uruguay Uruguay
Benjamin Desroches Lock France France
Christophe Samson Lock France France
Richie Gray Lock Scotland Scotland
Jannie Bornman Flanker South Africa South Africa
Yannick Caballero Flanker France France
Ibrahim Diarra Flanker France France
Piula Fa'asalele Flanker Samoa Samoa
Antonie Claassen Number 8 France France
Pedrie Wannenburg Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
Cédric Garcia Scrum-half Spain Spain
Julien Tomas Scrum-half France France
Rory Kockott Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Daniel Kirkpatrick Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Rémi Tales Fly-half France France
Seremaia Bai Centre Fiji Fiji
Paul Bonnefond Centre France France
Romain Cabannes Centre France France
Max Evans Centre Scotland Scotland
Santiago Fernandez Centre Argentina Argentina
Rémi Lamerat Centre France France
Marcel Garvey Wing England England
Rémy Grosso Wing France France
Pierre-Gilles Lakafia Wing France France
Romain Martial Wing France France
Brice Dulin Fullback France France
Geoffrey Palis Fullback France France
Romain Teulet Fullback France France

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l’insupportable aveu de l’arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 june 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/. 29 nomvenber 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pierre Fabre, founder of pharmaceutical giant, dies". Agence France Presse (France 24). 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  7. ^ "L'équipe pro" (in French). Castres Olympique. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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