CA Brive

The club Brive Corrèze Limousin Athlétique (short CA Brive ) is a rugby union club based in the French city of Brive- la -Gaillarde in Corrèze. He plays in the French league Top 14 home games will be played at the Stade Amédée Domenech -. Although the club has never won the French league title, but on the European level the Heineken Cup.


The establishment of the association took place on 15 March 1910. The CA Brive quickly established himself as the strongest team in the Limousin and was represented for decades in the top league, but without a significant success. 1955 CA Brive descended to the second division, but managed the 1957 revival.

Eight years later, he reached the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir, 1965, the final of the championship, but lost both games. In 1972 and 1975, the CA Brive was again in the championship finals, but had to admit defeat each AS Béziers ( the second time only just a point). Even the final of the Challenge 1974 was lost.

His most successful period was the CA Brive in the second half of the 1990s. Team reached in 1996 for the fourth time, the championship final, but he lost to Stade Toulousain record champions. Only two teams have contested more finals without winning each, namely ASM Clermont Auvergne ( 7 ) and U.S. Dax (5). However, the CA Brive was successful in the same year in the Challenge.

In the season 1996/97 made ​​it to the CA Brive in the Heineken Cup to the finals and met in Cardiff on the Leicester Tigers; in the end it was 28:9 for Brive. Only one team has except the CA Brive won the Heineken Cup without having previously been national champion, and that the Northampton Saints. A month after the final hit of the club in an intercontinental comparison to the Auckland Blues, the Master of the Super -12 League; the game ended 47:11 for the New Zealanders.

In 1998, the CA Brive again in the finals of the Heineken Cup; but he lost in Bordeaux against Bath Rugby. Although the club reached the final of the 2000 Challenge, but rose in the same year from the second division. The back in the Bundesliga in 2003. Were relegated again in 2012 CA Brive and managed in the following season, the chances of promotion.


  • Cup finalist: 1965, 1972, 1975, 1996
  • Heineken Cup winner: 1997
  • Heineken Cup finalist: 1998
  • Winner Challenge Yves du Manoir: 1996
  • Finalist Challenge Yves du Manoir: 1963, 1974, 2000

Final Games of CA Brive


Heineken Cup

Well-known former players

  • Lisandro Arbizu (Argentina )
  • Philippe Carbonneau
  • Dawit Chintschagischwili (Georgia)
  • Amédée Domenech
  • Fabrice Estebanez
  • Terry Fanolua (Samoa)
  • Riki Flutey (England)
  • Cédric Heymans
  • Jean -Luc Joinel
  • Christophe Lamaison
  • Olivier Magne
  • Alain Penaud
  • Cristian Petre (Romania )
  • Alix Popham (Wales )
  • Tom Smith ( Scotland)
  • Gregor Townsend ( Scotland)
  • Pierre Villepreux