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).
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 23rd 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 7, 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 22nd 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.
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.
|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|
|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|