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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
Castres olympique badge.png
Full nameCastres Olympique
Founded1906; 113 years ago (1906)
LocationCastres, France
Ground(s)Stade Pierre-Fabre (Capacity: 12,500)
PresidentPierre-Yves Revol
Coach(es)Mauricio Reggiardo
League(s)Top 14
2018–197th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.castres-olympique.com

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, 2013, and 2018 as well as one Coupe de France in 1948.

HistoryEdit

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 1992–93 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Castres who beat Grenoble 14–11 in the final, but a try of Olivier Brouzet is denied to Grenoble[1] 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. Salles admitted the error 13 years later.[2][3][4]

The club reached the final again in 1995 losing to Toulouse.

Castres won the 2012–13 French Rugby Union Championship beating Toulon 19–14 in the final.[5]

The team's owner, Pierre Fabre, the founder of Laboratoires Pierre Fabre. died on 20 July 2013.[6] 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.[7]

HonoursEdit

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

Current standingsEdit

2019–20 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 7 7 0 0 227 81 146 28 5 2 0 30
2 Bordeaux Bègles 7 5 1 1 232 129 103 27 10 3 1 26
3 Bayonne 7 5 0 2 188 174 14 19 19 0 1 21
4 Clermont 7 4 0 3 178 178 0 18 19 0 0 16
5 Castres 7 3 0 4 180 188 -8 13 18 1 1 14
6 La Rochelle 7 3 0 4 148 160 -12 16 16 1 1 14
7 Toulouse 7 3 0 4 139 158 -19 11 13 1 1 14
8 Toulon 7 3 0 4 164 183 -19 15 19 1 1 14
9 Racing 7 2 1 4 164 151 13 17 15 1 2 13
10 Montpellier 7 2 1 4 162 158 4 17 15 1 2 13
11 Pau 7 3 0 4 144 179 -35 16 20 0 1 13
12 Agen 7 2 1 4 163 168 -5 19 19 0 2 12
13 Brive 7 3 0 4 134 196 -62 12 24 0 1 12
14 Stade Français 7 2 0 5 138 258 -120 13 29 0 1 9

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 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the Relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to Rugby Pro D2.

Final table — source: [1]

Current squadEdit

The Castres squad for the 2019–20 season is:[8]

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
Kévin Firmin Hooker   France
Jody Jenneker Hooker   South Africa
Marc-Antoine Rallier Hooker   France
Marc Clerc Prop   France
Paea Faʻanunu Prop   Tonga
Tapu Falatea Prop   France
Wilfried Hounkpatin Prop   France
Daniel Kötze Prop   France
Tudor Stroë Prop   France
Antoine Tichit Prop   France
Matt Tierney Prop   Canada
Karena Wihongi Prop   New Zealand
Rodrigo Capó Ortega Lock   Uruguay
Loïc Jacquet Lock   France
Victor Moreaux Lock   France
Hans N'Kinsi Lock   France
Christophe Samson Lock   France
Mathieu Babillot Back row   France
Baptiste Delaporte Back row   France
Camille Gérondeau Back row   France
Kévin Gimeno Back row   France
Anthony Jelonch Back row   France
Alex Tulou Back row   New Zealand
Maama Vaipulu Back row   Tonga
Player Position Union
Rory Kockott Scrum-half   France
Ludovic Radosavljevic Scrum-half   France
Thomas Fortunel Fly-half   France
Benjamín Urdapilleta Fly-half   Argentina
Thomas Combezou Centre   France
Yann David Centre   France
Robert Ebersohn Centre   South Africa
Florian Vialelle Centre   France
Armand Batlle Wing   France
Julien Caminati Wing   France
Martin Laveau Wing   France
Taylor Paris Wing   Canada
Julien Dumora Fullback   France
Geoffrey Palis Fullback   France

Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Combien de fois Bayonne s'est imposé dans la capitale ?". www.rugbyrama.fr. Midi olympique. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Finale Castres-Grenoble 93 : l'insupportable aveu de l'arbitre Salles". rugbyolympic.com. 12 December 2006. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Daniel Salles à propos de Castres-Grenoble en 1993 : " Je me suis trompé "". sudouest. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Parc des Princes, Paris, 5 Juin 1993". LNR. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Castres et " la magie du rugby "". www.republicain-lorrain.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Castres : ce sera le Stade Pierre-Fabre" [Castres: it will be Stade Pierre-Fabre]. La Dépêche. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Effectifs". Castres Olympique (in French). Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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