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CA Brive
Ca brive badge.png
Full nameClub Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin
Founded1910; 109 years ago (1910)
LocationBrive-la-Gaillarde, France
Ground(s)Stade Amédée-Domenech (Capacity: 13,979[1])
PresidentSimon Gillham
Coach(es)Template:IRL-d Jeremy Davidson
Captain(s)Saïd Hireche
League(s)Rugby Pro D2
2018–19Pro D2
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin (CA Brive [briv]; Occitan: Club Atletic Briva Corresa Lemosin), is a French rugby union team founded in 1910 and based in Brive-la-Gaillarde in the département of Corrèze of the New Aquitaine région, located in the former region of Limousin. They wear black and white and play in the Stade Amédée-Domenech (capacity 15,000).


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.[2] They are the only club to win the European Cup without ever winning the domestic championship. 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.[3] 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 division in 2012, Brive returned in Top 14 next year, after defeating Pau.[4]

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]

The current table for the 2018–19 Rugby Pro D2 is:[5]

2018–19 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 Bayonne 17 11 1 5 402 280 122 4 2 52
2 Nevers 17 11 0 6 383 297 86 4 3 51
3 Oyonnax 17 10 0 7 462 347 115 6 5 51
4 Mont-de-Marsan 17 10 1 6 399 340 59 4 2 48
5 Brive 17 10 1 6 410 302 108 2 4 48
6 Béziers 17 11 0 6 352 331 21 2 2 45[b 1]
7 Soyaux Angoulême 17 8 1 8 326 359 -33 2 4 40
8 Vannes 17 8 1 8 367 351 16 0 5 39
9 Carcassonne 17 8 0 9 370 380 -10 1 5 38
10 Biarritz 17 8 1 8 395 381 14 1 2 37
11 Aurillac 17 7 0 10 318 405 -87 2 4 34
12 Bourg-en-Bresse 17 7 1 9 322 451 -129 2 1 33
13 Provence 17 7 0 10 396 465 -69 2 3 33
14 Montauban 17 7 0 10 316 388 –72 1 4 31[b 2]
15 Colomiers 17 5 0 12 278 353 -75 0 5 25
16 Massy 17 4 1 12 306 372 -66 1 2 21
Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Points Total
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final Promotion play-off places.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final Promotion play-off places.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.
  1. ^ *Béziers deducted 3 points.[5]
  2. ^ *Montauban deducted 2 points.[5]

Current squad[edit]

The Brive squad for the 2018–19 season:[6]

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
Thomas Acquier Hooker France France
François Da Ros Hooker France France
Loïck Jammes Hooker France France
Karlen Asieshvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Demba Bamba Prop France France
Soso Bekoshvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Simon-Pierre Chauvac Prop France France
Vivien Devisme Prop France France
Luka Goginava Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
James Johnston Prop Samoa Samoa
Cody Thomas Prop South Africa South Africa
Richard Fourcade Lock France France
Damien Lagrange Lock France France
Victor Lebas Lock France France
Peet Marais Lock South Africa South Africa
Johan Snyman Lock South Africa South Africa
Jan Uys Lock South Africa South Africa
Steevy Cerqueira Flanker France France
Otar Giorgadze Flanker Georgia (country) Georgia
Saïd Hirèche Flanker Algeria Algeria
Retief Marais Flanker South Africa South Africa
Peniami Narisia Flanker Fiji Fiji
Matthieu Voisin Flanker France France
So'otala Fa'aso'o Number 8 Samoa Samoa
Petrus Hauman Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
David Delarue Scrum-half France France
Vasil Lobzhanidze Scrum-half Georgia (country) Georgia
Samuel Marques Scrum-half Portugal Portugal
Enzo Hervé Fly-half France France
Stuart Olding Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Matthieu Ugalde Fly-half France France
Sevanaïa Galala Centre Fiji Fiji
Félix Le Bourhis Centre France France
Arnaud Mignardi Centre France France
Benjamin Petre Centre France France
Alban Ramette Centre France France
Ken Bikadua Wing Australia Australia
Nadir Megdoud Wing
Axel Müller Wing Argentina Argentina
Guillaume Namy Wing France France
Franck Romanet Wing France France
Rory Scholes Wing Ireland Ireland
Thomas Laranjeira Fullback France France
Peceli Nacebe Fullback Fiji Fiji

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.
  3. ^ Pope, Bruce (23 February 1997). "Brive out with the washing". The Independent. London: INM. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ Imakhoukhene, Hamid (19 May 2013). "Brive ne l'a pas volée". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Effectif". CA Brive (in French). Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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