Castres Olympique

Castres Olympique is a rugby union club based in the French town of Castres in the Tarn department. He is a four-time champion of France and plays in the top league top 14 home games will be played at the Stade Pierre -Antoine. The club motto is " Tous Ensemble" (all together).

  • 4.1 Current squad
  • 4.2 Known former players


In 1898, some former students of the high school from Castres founded the Café de l'Europe a team in order to play their favorite sport can. The rugby team was in the early years of a department of a sports club. Its members, however, were dissatisfied with the dominant position of cycling within this association, therefore in 1906 seceded and formed a separate association. This they called Castres Olympique; the club colors were now blue, white and gray instead of the earlier yellow-black.

The newly founded association reached in 1921, after only 15 years, the top league and has since never been relegated. 1948 Castres won both the Coupe de France and the first league title after a final win against Stade Montois. 1950 followed the second championship, the finals of the Racing Club de France was defeated. From the early 1960s Castres Olympique was no longer able to build on the previous successes and was usually found on the back table spaces.

1988 decided Pierre Fabre, founder of the pharmaceutical company Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, to take over the club and bring him back to the top. He invested heavily and introduced professional structures. This paid off a few years later. Castres Olympique in 1993 was the third time French champion ( after the final victory against FC Grenoble) and was in 1995 again in the final, which was lost against Stade Toulousain. Castres Olympique in 2013 defeated in the final of the RC Toulon. At the European level reached Castres Olympique twice the final of the European Challenge Cup (1997 and 2000) and won the 2003 European Shield.


  • Champion: 1949, 1950, 1993, 2013
  • Cup finalist: 1995
  • Winner Coupe de France: 1948
  • European Shield winner: 2003
  • Finalist European Challenge Cup: 1997, 2000
  • Finalist Challenge Yves du Manoir: 1993
  • Winner Coupe Adolphe Jaureguy: 1974 ( was held only in that year among the last eight teams in the Championship)

Final Games of Castres Olympique


European Challenge Cup

European Shield


Current squad

The squad for the 2013/2014 season:

Front team ( forwards)


  • France Yannick Forestier
  • Romania Mihaita Lazar
  • Georgia Anton Peikrischwili
  • New Zealand Saimone Taumoepeau
  • New Zealand Karena Wihongi


  • France Mathieu Bonello
  • France Brice Mach
  • France Marc- Antoine Rallier

Second - row players

  • Uruguay Rodrigo Ortega Capó
  • France Christophe Samson
  • France Benjamin Desroches
  • Scotland Richie Gray


  • France Yannick Caballero
  • France Antonie Claassen
  • France Ibrahim Diarra
  • New Zealand Puila Faasalele

Behind team ( backs)

Scrum half

  • Spain Cédric Garcia
  • France Julien Tomas

Compound Semiconductors

  • New Zealand Daniel Kirkpatrick
  • France Rémy Tales

Indoor Three Quarter

  • Fiji Seremaia Bai
  • France Romain Cabannes
  • Scotland Max Evans
  • France Rémi Lamerat

Outer three-quarters

  • France Paul Bonnefond
  • England Marcel Garvey
  • France Remy Grosso
  • France Pierre -Gilles Lakafia
  • France Romain Martial


  • France Brice Dulin
  • France Geoffrey Palis
  • France Romain Teulet

Well-known former players

  • Thomas Castaignède
  • Gérard Cholley
  • Jeremy Davidson (Ireland )
  • Richard DOURTHE
  • Raphaël Ibañez
  • Jean Matheu - Cambas
  • Lionel Nallet
  • Gordon Ross ( Scotland)
  • Gary Whetton (New Zealand)