CA Brive

CA Brive

Full name Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin
Founded 1910 (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
Official website

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 1
  • Players past and present 2
  • Finals results 3
    • French championship 3.1
    • Challenge Yves du Manoir 3.2
    • Coupe de France 3.3
    • Heineken Cup 3.4
  • Current standings 4
  • Current squad 5
  • Notable former players 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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 division in 2012, they return in Top 14 next year, in defeat Pau.[3]

Players past and present

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

French championship

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

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

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

Heineken Cup

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

2015–16 Top 14 Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Clermont 7 5 1 1 232 109 +123 26 9 5 1 28
2 Racing 7 6 0 1 150 126 +24 14 8 0 0 24
3 Toulouse 7 5 0 2 169 104 +65 17 9 0 2 22
4 Montpellier 7 5 0 2 198 158 +40 23 10 2 0 22
5 Bordeaux 7 4 1 2 150 145 +5 7 12 0 1 19
6 Grenoble 7 4 0 3 182 168 +14 19 19 2 0 18
7 Brive 7 4 0 3 126 126 0 7 11 0 2 18
8 Toulon 7 3 0 4 212 153 +59 23 14 2 3 17
9 La Rochelle 7 2 0 5 131 193 −62 13 18 1 2 11
10 Castres 7 2 0 5 140 186 −46 14 16 1 1 10
11 Oyonnax 7 2 0 5 160 232 −72 15 27 2 0 10
12 Stade Français 7 2 0 5 143 168 −25 13 16 0 1 9
13 Pau 7 2 0 5 114 192 −78 9 21 0 1 9
14 Agen 7 2 0 5 124 171 −47 8 10 0 0 8

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 2016–17 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 may qualify for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup. To facilitate the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there will be no play-offs for the Champions Cup with the 20th place going to the winner of the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup if not already qualified.
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 1 November 2015

Current squad


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
Francois Da Ros Hooker France
Guillaume Ribes Hooker France
Karlen Asieshvili Prop Georgia
Kevin Buys Prop South Africa
Giorgi Jgenti Prop Georgia
Damien Jourdain Prop France
Damian Lavergne Prop France
Lucas Pointud Prop France
Goderdzi Shvelidze Prop Georgia
Yusuf Tuncer Prop France
Victora Lebas Lock France
Peet Marais Lock South Africa
Arnaud Mela Lock France
Johan Snyman Lock South Africa
Wilhelm Steenkamp Lock South Africa
Petrus Hauman Flanker South Africa
Saïd Hireche Flanker France
Poutasi Luafatu Flanker Australia
Dominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker Fiji
Hugues Briatte Number 8 France
Sisaro Koyamaibole Number 8 Fiji
William Whetton Number 8 New Zealand
Player Position Union
Nicholas Bezy Scrum-half France
Teddy Iribaren Scrum-half France
Jean-Baptiste Pejoine Scrum-half France
Thomas Laranjeira Fly-half France
Anderson Neisen Fly-half France
Romain Sola Fly-half France
Arnaud Mignardi Centre France
Benjamin Petre Centre France
Chris Tuatara-Morrison Centre Australia
Matthieu Ugalde Centre France
Sevanaia Galala Wing Fiji
Benito Masilevu Wing Fiji
Guillaume Namy Wing France
Malakai Radikedike Wing Fiji
Gaëtan Germain Fullback France
Alfie Mafi Fullback Australia

Notable former players

See also


  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing.  
  2. ^ Pope, Bruce (23 February 1997). "Brive out with the washing".  
  3. ^ Imakhoukhene, Hamid (19 May 2013). "Brive ne l'a pas volée".  

External links

  • (French) CA Brive Official website
  • Unofficial fan's site
  • CA Brive profile on Rugby15