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Full name Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin
Founded 1913
Location Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Ground(s) Stade Amédée-Domenech
Capacity 15,000
President France Jean-Jacques Bertrand
Coach(es) France Ugo Mola
France Christophe Laussucq
Captain(s) France Fabrice Estebanez
League(s) Top 14
2008-09 6th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin are a French rugby union team founded in 1904 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).



The club was established on 12 October 1912. Prior to 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 two other clubs have lost more finals without winning one than them (ASM Clermont Auvergne 9, 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. 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.[1].

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 relegated to the second division in 2000. They bounced back in 2003 and have struggled ever since in the lower echelons of the league table, except in 2004 when they managed to qualify for the playoffs.

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

Heineken Cup

Date Winner Runner-Up Score Stadium Spectators
25 January 1997 CA Brive Leicester Tigers 28-9 Arms Park, Cardiff 41.664
31 January 1998 Bath Rugby CA Brive 19-18 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 36.500

Current Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Nat. Position Player
France HK Jean-Phillipe Bonrepaux
France HK Guillaume Ribes
England HK Steve Thompson
South Africa PR Pat Barnard
France PR Jonathan Garcia
Argentina PR Pablo Henn
France PR Pascal Idieder
Georgia (country) PR Davit Khinchagishvili
Romania PR Petrişor Toderasc
South Africa PR Scott Zimmerman
Republic of Ireland LK Damian Browne
France LK Thibault Dubarry
France LK Arnaud Méla
Republic of Ireland LK Christian Short
South Africa LK Retief Uys
France FL Simon Azoulai
France FL Vincent Forgues
Wales FL Alix Popham
South Africa FL Gerhard Vosloo
Nat. Position Player
South Africa N8 Antonie Claassen
France N8 Fabien Domingo
France SH Jean-Baptiste Pejoine
England SH Shaun Perry
France SH Arnaud Pic
France FH Fabrice Estebanez Captain
Italy FH Luciano Orquera
South Africa CE Ronnie Cooke
England CE Riki Flutey
Australia CE Lachlan Mackay
France CE Guillaume Namy
England CE Jamie Noon
Argentina WG Horacio Agulla
France WG Régis Bianco
France WG Nicolas Jeanjean
Fiji WG Viliame Waqaseduadua
France FB Alexis Palisson
South Africa FB Scott Spedding


Internationally Capped Players

Notable Former Players


  1. ^ (French) "L'effectif du Cab - Saison 2009/2010". Official club homepage of CA Brive. 

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