Robert Bru

Robert Bru (30 January 1931 – 9 May 2020) was a French rugby union coach.[1]

Robert Bru
Date of birth30 January 1931
Place of birthSalles-d'Aude, France
Date of death9 May 2020(2020-05-09) (aged 89)
Place of deathSalles-d'Aude, France
Rugby union career
Teams coached
Years Team
1980–1983 Stade Toulousain
1990–1992 RC Narbonne


Bru coached Stade Toulousain from 1980 to 1983 alongside Christian Gajan and Pierre Villepreux. He worked on screening and training young players within the club, and helped with the establishment of the Centre de formation du Stade toulousain in 1988. Very devoted to teaching, his intricate style of instruction was passed down to his successors, Villepreux and Jean-Claude Skrela. Bru became technical director of the club, serving from 1984 to 1989.

After he left Stade Toulousain, Bru served as head coach of RC Narbonne from 1990 to 1992.[2] With Bru at the helm, the club won the Challenge Yves du Manoir. He also directed the rugby concentration in sports studies at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse.

Robert Bru died of natural causes on 9 May 2020 in Salles d'Aude at the age of 89.[3]


  1. ^ "L'hommage de Guy Novès à Robert Bru : "Un éducateur d'une humanité délicieuse "". (in French). 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Narbonne joue gros et beau .Samedi, le XV languedocien affronte Toulouse, son modèle". Libération (in French). 11 May 1996.
  3. ^ "Le père de la méthode de jeu toulousaine, Robert Bru, est mort". L'Équipe (in French). 9 May 2020.