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CA Brive
Ca brive badge.png
Full nameClub Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin
Founded1910; 112 years ago (1910)
LocationBrive-la-Gaillarde, France
Ground(s)Stade Amédée-Domenech (Capacity: 13,979)
PresidentSimon Gillham
Coach(es)Jeremy Davidson
Captain(s)Saïd Hireche
League(s)Top 14
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 Nouvelle-Aquitaine région. They wear black and white and play in the Stade Amédée-Domenech (capacity 16,000).


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.[1] 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.[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 lost to 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 Leinster, Llanelli Scarlets and London Irish.

After difficulties and a relegation in second division in 2012, Brive returned to the Top 14 the following year, after defeating 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]

2021–22 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff. Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Castres (RU) 26 17 1 8 565 529 +36 44 38 5 1 76
2 Montpellier (C) 26 15 2 9 619 503 +116 44 31 4 6 74
3 Bordeaux Bègles (SF) 26 15 1 10 610 484 +126 47 30 5 5 72
4 Toulouse (SF) 26 15 0 11 638 432 +206 44 31 6 5 71
5 La Rochelle (Q) (C1) 26 15 0 11 640 466 +174 55 32 6 5 71
6 Racing (Q) 26 16 0 10 661 568 +93 50 49 4 2 70
7 Clermont 26 14 0 12 649 557 +92 50 42 6 4 66
8 Toulon 26 13 2 11 572 504 +68 30 35 4 5 65
9 Lyon (C2) 26 13 0 13 637 558 +79 54 31 6 6 64
10 Pau 26 11 1 14 568 664 –96 37 55 1 3 50
11 Stade Français 26 11 0 15 544 651 –107 38 39 2 4 50
12 Brive 26 9 1 16 453 631 –178 32 49 4 4 46
13 Perpignan 26 9 0 17 491 664 –173 36 60 2 5 43
14 Biarritz (R) 26 5 0 21 449 885 –436 39 78 1 3 24

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 2022–23 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive semi-final qualifiers play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7 and Lyon) indicates teams outside the play-offs that also earn a place in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2022–23 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to 2022–23 Rugby Pro D2.

(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Semi-finalists. (Q) Qualified for semi-final qualifiers. (C1) 2021–22 European Rugby Champions Cup winners. (C2) 2021–22 European Rugby Challenge Cup winners. (R) Relegated.
Final table — source: [1]
Updated: 24 June 2022

Current squad[edit]

The Brive squad for the 2021–22 season:[4]

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
Lucas Da Silva Hooker France France
Florian Dufour Hooker France France
Vano Karkadze Hooker Georgia (country) Georgia
Daniel Brennan Prop France France
Pietro Ceccarelli Prop Italy Italy
Luka Japaridze Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Wesley Tapueluelu Prop Tonga Tonga
Hayden Thompson-Stringer Prop England England
Marcel van der Merwe Prop South Africa South Africa
Malino Vanai Prop France France
Julien Delannoy Lock France France
Mitch Lees Lock Australia Australia
Lucas Paulos Lock Argentina Argentina
Tevita Ratuva Lock Fiji Fiji
Andrés Zafra Lock Colombia Colombia
Esteban Abadie Back row France France
Rodrigo Bruni Back row Argentina Argentina
Saïd Hireche Back row Algeria Algeria
Retief Marais Back row South Africa South Africa
Abraham Papali'i Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Matthieu Voisin Back row France France
Player Position Union
Paul Abadie Scrum-half France France
Vasil Lobzhanidze Scrum-half Georgia (country) Georgia
Enzo Sanga Scrum-half France France
Enzo Hervé Fly-half France France
Sammy Arnold Centre Ireland Ireland
Maxence Darthou Centre France France
Wesley Douglas Centre England England
Guillaume Galletier Centre France France
Nico Lee Centre South Africa South Africa
Stuart Olding Centre Ireland Ireland
Setareki Bituniyata Wing Fiji Fiji
Axel Müller Wing Argentina Argentina
Valentin Tirefort Wing France France
Joris Jurand Fullback France France
Thomas Laranjeira Fullback France France
Seta Tuicuvu Fullback Fiji Fiji

Notable former players[edit]

See also[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.
  4. ^ "Effectif". CA Brive (in French). Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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