is a French rugby union
club located in the Midi-Pyrénées
city of Castres
and currently competing in the top level of the French league system
Founded in 1898, the club took its current name in 1906
. They play at the Stade Pierre-Antoine
(capacity 11500) and wear blue and white.
of Castres' municipal college met in a city center 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
up 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 up until 1948
when they reached and won their first Coupe de France
. The prestigious Bouclier de Brennus
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......