Castres Olympique

Castres Olympique (French pronunciation: ​[kastʁ ɔlɛ̃pik]) is a French rugby union club located in the Occitanian city of Castres and is currently competing in the top level of the French league system.

Castres Olympique
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Full nameCastres Olympique
Founded1906; 117 years ago (1906)
LocationCastres, France
Ground(s)Stade Pierre-Fabre (Capacity: 12,500)
PresidentPierre-Yves Revol
Coach(es)Jeremy Davidson
Captain(s)Mathieu Babillot
League(s)Top 14
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Founded in 1898, the club took its current name in 1906. They play at the Stade Pierre-Fabre, which is one of the smallest in Top 14 with a capacity of 12,500. The team wear blue and white kits.

The team won five French top-division championships in 1949, 1950, 1993 (in a match decided by an irregular try accorded by the referee),[1] 2013, and 2018 as well as one Coupe de France in 1948.


In 1898 several alumni of Castres' municipal college met in a city centre bar and decided to create a team allowing them to play their favourite sport, rugby union. For the first few years this team was part of a multisport club until 1906. Unhappy with the dominating position cycling had within the club, the members of the rugby section decided to leave and create a club of their own, solely dedicated to their sport. It was decided that this club would be named Castres Olympique and its colours would be changed from yellow and black to its current blue, white and grey.

The new club reached the top flight after only 15 years of existence and has remained there ever since, bar for a couple of years during the 80s when the club was in the then Section B of the 1st division. The club has never left the 1st division since 1921.

For a while Castres Olympique would experience mixed fortunes until 1948 when they reached and won their first Coupe de France. The prestigious championship would follow a year later, and again in 1950.

From the 1960s the club would experience a stream of mediocre seasons and steady decline until Pierre Fabre, the founder of a local pharmaceutical company, decided to take over the club and restore it to its former relative glory in 1988.

The 1993 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Castres who beat Grenoble 14–11 in controversial final. Indeed a try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[2] and the decisive try by Gary Whetton was awarded by the referee, Daniel Salles, when in fact the defender Franck Hueber from Grenoble touched down the ball first in his try zone. This error gave the title to Castres.[3] Salles admitted the error 13 years later[4][5]Jacques Fouroux conflict with the Federation and who was already suspicious before the match of the referee[6] cry out conspiracy.[7]

The club reached the final again in 1995 losing 31–16 to Stade Toulousain.

Castres won the 2012–13 French Rugby Union Championship beating Toulon 19–14 in the final.[8]

The team's owner, Pierre Fabre, the founder of Laboratoires Pierre Fabre. died on 20 July 2013.[9] Castres' home stadium, previously known as Stade Pierre-Antoine, was renamed in his memory during ceremonies in conjunction with Castres' match with Montpellier on 9 September 2017.[10]

Castres won the 2017–18 French Rugby Union Championship beating Montpellier 29–13 in the final.


Finals resultsEdit

French championshipEdit

Date Winners Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
22 May 1949 Castres Olympique Stade Montois 14–3 1 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23,000
16 April 1950 Castres Olympique Racing Club de France 11–8 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 25,000
5 June 1993 Castres Olympique FC Grenoble 14–11 Parc des Princes, Paris 48,000
6 May 1995 Stade Toulousain Castres Olympique 31–16 Parc des Princes, Paris 48,615
1 June 2013 Castres Olympique RC Toulon 19–14 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 80,033
31 May 2014 RC Toulon Castres Olympique 18–10 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 80,174
2 June 2018 Castres Olympique Montpellier 29–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,441
24 June 2022 Montpellier Castres Olympique 29–10 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,245

Current standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Toulouse 26 17 1 8 682 474 +208 11 70 Champions Cup & Top 14 finals
2 La Rochelle 26 17 0 9 673 479 +194 10 68
3 Lyon 26 14 1 11 688 626 +62 9 58
4 Stade Français 26 13 2 11 616 480 +136 11 56
5 Racing 92 26 14 1 11 734 684 +50 8 58
6 Bordeaux Bègles 26 13 1 12 576 501 +75 9 54
7 Toulon 26 14 0 12 588 557 +31 5 56 Champions Cup
8 Bayonne 26 13 1 12 596 662 −66 4 54
9 Castres 26 13 1 12 532 635 −103 3 54 Challenge Cup
10 Clermont 26 11 1 14 588 627 −39 10 46
11 Montpellier 26 11 0 15 624 617 +7 10 44
12 Pau 26 10 1 15 591 634 −43 10 42
13 Perpignan 26 10 0 16 503 724 −221 3 40 Relegation play-off & Challenge Cup[a]
14 Brive (R) 26 7 0 19 440 731 −291 8 28 Rugby Pro D2
Source: Top 14
Rules for classification: 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.
(R) Relegated
  1. ^ The fifth Challenge Cup berth was allocated to the relegation play-off winner, which was Perpignan.

Current squadEdit

The Castres squad for the 2022–23 season is:[11]

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
Gaëtan Barlot Hooker   France
Brice Humbert Hooker   France
Brendan Lebrun Hooker   France
Paul Ngauamo Hooker   Tonga
Aurelian Azar Prop   France
Levan Chilachava Prop   Georgia
Wayan de Benedittis Prop   France
Antoine Guillamon Prop   France
Wilfrid Hounkpatin Prop   France
Antoine Tichit Prop   France
Matt Tierney Prop   Canada
Quentin Walcker Prop   France
Tyler Ardron Lock   Canada
Theo Hannoyer Lock   France
Gauthier Maravat Lock   France
Leone Nakarawa Lock   Fiji
Ryno Pieterse Lock   South Africa
Tom Staniforth Lock   Australia
Florent Vanverberghe Lock   France
Mathieu Babillot Back row   France
Teariki Ben-Nicholas Back row   New Zealand
Nick Champion de Crespigny Back row   Australia
Baptiste Delaporte Back row   France
Kevin Kornath Back row   France
Josaia Raisuqe Back row   Fiji
Asier Usarraga Back row   Spain
Player Position Union
Santiago Arata Scrum-half   Uruguay
Julien Blanc Scrum-half   France
Gauthier Doubrere Scrum-half   France
Jeremy Fernandez Scrum-half   France
Ben Botica Fly-half   New Zealand
Louis Le Brun Fly-half   France
Benjamín Urdapilleta Fly-half   Argentina
Vilimoni Botitu Centre   Fiji
Andrea Cocagi Centre   Fiji
Thomas Combezou Centre   France
Adrien Seguret Centre   France
Antoine Bouzeand Wing   France
Martin Laveau Wing   France
Filipo Nakosi Wing   Fiji
Antoine Zeghdar Wing   France
Julien Dumora Fullback   France
Thomas Larregain Fullback   France
Geoffrey Palis Fullback   France

Espoirs squadEdit

The Castres Olympique Espoirs squad is:[12]

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
Pierre Colonna Hooker   France
Stefan Marko Buruiana Hooker   Romania
Baptiste Brau Prop   France
Sphekahle Dube Prop   South Africa
Valentin Gorge Prop   France
Lois Guerois-Galisson Prop   France
Alexev Konnov Lock   Russia
Hugo Lopez Lock   France
Gauthier Maravat Lock   France
Adrian Tafanel Lock   France
Baptiste Cope Back row   France
Dmitry Dronov Back row   Russia
Julien Guiraud Back row   France
Maxime Rakotomalala Back row   France
Feibyan Tukino Back row   France
Player Position Union
Simon Benoist Scrum-half   France
Louison Gras Fly-half   France
Louis Lebrun Fly-half   France
Joris Dupont Centre   France
Dylan Ferrie Centre   France
Mathis Muller Centre   France
Crimson Tukino Centre   New Zealand
Theo Chabouni Fullback   France
Sasha Palchin Fullback   France
Osea Waqaninavatu Fullback   Fiji

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Gerry Thornley: Grenoble's Jackman fast becoming one of top Irish coaches". irishtimes. April 12, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Combien de fois Bayonne s'est imposé dans la capitale ?". Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  3. ^ "MICHEL RINGEVAL (PART 2): " AU BOUT D'UN QUART D'HEURE, J'AI COMPRIS QU'ON NE GAGNERAIT PAS"". November 19, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 Juin 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  6. ^ Salviac, Pierre (9 September 2015). Merci pour ces moments: 50 ans de grands reportages. ISBN 9791093463247. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Top 14: Toulon-Castres, souviens-toi, il y a vingt ans..." June 1, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Pierre Fabre, founder of pharmaceutical giant, dies". Agence France Presse. France 24. 2013-07-20. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  10. ^ "Castres : ce sera le Stade Pierre-Fabre" [Castres: it will be Stade Pierre-Fabre]. La Dépêche. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Effectifs". Castres Olympique (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Espoirs". Castres Olympique. Retrieved 7 November 2021.

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