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The tribune Guasch-Laborde

In the 1970s and 1980s, the ground was used by both rugby league and rugby union clubs in Northern Catalonia. It was previously the home ground of rugby league club XIII Catalan. The stadium was named in honour of Gilbert Brutus, in memory of a French rugby union player, coach, chairman and referee, born on 2 August 1887 in Port-Vendres and, during wartime, died on 7 March 1944 in Perpignan.

ExpansionEdit

Before 2007, the Stade Gilbert Brutus held 4,200, including 900 seats.[1] This was deemed inadequate for the Catalans Dragons who played at the Stade Aimé Giral in 2006. Expansion of the stadium began in 2006 with the aim of increasing capacity to 14,000.[2]

The first phase of construction included two covered, all-seater stands, one with hospitality suites. By the end of the 2006 season, the work was finished and Catalans moved back into the stadium for the 2007 season. Further construction in 2010 brought capacity up to 13,000, with three all-seater stands.[3]

Rugby League Test matchesEdit

The Stade Gilbert Brutus has hosted twenty-five rugby league internationals. Twenty-four of them involved France.[4]

Date Opponent Final score Attendance
11 March 1962   Great Britain 23 - 13 12,500
2 December 1962 17 - 12 12,500
8 March 1964 5 - 11 4,326
6 December 1964 18 - 8 7,150
28 November 1965   New Zealand 11 - 6 9,000
16 January 1966   Great Britain 18 - 13 7,255
25 January 1970   Wales 11 - 15 11,000
11 November 1971   New Zealand 11 - 27 3,581
8 March 1964   Great Britain 5 - 11 4,326
9 December 1973   Australia 9 - 21 5,109
19 January 1975**   England 9 - 11 7,950
26 October 1975   Australia 2 - 41 10,440
23 November 1980   New Zealand 6 - 5 6,000
7 December 1985♦ 0 - 20 5,000
30 November 1986   Australia 2 - 44 6,000
18 March 1990   Great Britain 4 - 8 6,000
9 December 1990♦♦   Australia 10 - 34 3,428
27 January 1991♦♦   Great Britain 10 - 45 3,965
16 February 1992 12 - 30 5,688
13 December 1992   Wales 18 - 19 3,700
27 October 2007   Scotland 46 - 16 7,000
29 October 2011 46 - 10 10,313
11 November 2013†   Samoa 6 - 22 11,576
13 October 2017   Jamaica 34 - 12 4,850

On 29 October 1972, the Stade Gilbert Brutus hosted a 1972 World Cup match between Australia and Great Britain with an attendance of 6,324. Great Britain won 27 - 21

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ worldstadia.com:: Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan> View Stadium
  2. ^ "Catalans Q&A". BBC News. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  3. ^ "World Stadiums - Future Stadiums :: Stade Gilbert Brutus Stadium in Perpignan". www.worldstadiums.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Stade Gilbert Brutus results @ Rugby League Project

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