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The Town of Castres in the Tarn colors CO club rugby . Castres Olympique or CO , club rugby created in 1906 faces tomorrow , and for the second consecutive time, the RCT Toulon Var in the final of the TOP 14 . The match will take place at the Stade French in Paris .

May the best win !

The championship of France rugby , called Top 14 since 2005, is an annual competition pitting the best professional clubs in rugby union in France .

According to Wikipedia :
"The Olympic Castres is founded by alumni of the College of Castres (now Collège Jean Jaurès ) rugby fans in a room of the brewery of Europe, on the national site ( now renamed Place Jean -Jaurès ) .

Under the leadership of Jean Pierre- Antoine , CO knows a good period . It was not until 1948 that the CO won his first nationwide with his victory in the Coupe de France against FC Lourdes trophy. This victory marked the beginning of the dominance of CO in the French rugby between 1948 and 1950. He crowd in the center of Castres to host rugby players who report in the Tarn 1st Coupe de France. The Castres team champion France in 1949 and 1950 . Beat Castres Olympic Stadium Mons final , Toulouse , May 22, 1949 , 14-3 with three tries scored by Matheu, Coll and Balent . Pierre- Antoine registered transformation and drop Torrens . Then , CO won his second championship by beating Racing by 11-8 through three trials Balent, Matheu and Espanol which must be added a transformation of Pierre Antoine . CO is then driven by Barbazange . Sometimes, Matheu has the captaincy of the team. Between 1948 and 1950, the XV of CO is only slightly modified in its composition team . Both titles give the club he expects the ranking since its inception in 1906.

In the title race , the Olympians fall quarter- final against Stade Mons in 1952 and semifinals in 1956 against other Landais of Dax and that put an end to the most prosperous years of the club . Then a long period of scarcity moved between 1970 and 1980, during which the CO fails on numerous occasions before the final stages of the championship of France , then eventually drop the second division in 1986. In 1988, the Castres pharmacist Pierre Fabre becomes the owner of the club, while the professionalism of rugby union is in its infancy. CO quickly finds its place in the elite of French rugby thanks to important financial means provided by Pierre Fabre. Since 1989 , it continues to support the CO, allowing it to remain in the elite of French rugby.

CO plays the final of the Championship of France against Grenoble (1993) and Toulouse ( 1995) at the Parc des Princes .
In 1989, Castres are champion France Group B Section 18-9 beating Pau . In 1990, the CO managed to climb in the second round of the championship , losing against Racing Club de France . 1992 Olympians CO fail in the semifinals (12-18) in losing to Riviera RC Toulon. During the 1992-1993 season, the CO has the quarterfinals of RC Narbonne. Then in the semifinals , Castres out of the race RC Toulon at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon ( 17-16 ) thanks to a successful end of the match by Laurent Labit penalty. Final Castres beat FC Grenoble on the score of 14-11 . Victory is achieved through two penalties from top scorer of France Laurent Labit , a drop of Francis victorious Rui and an invalid test given to the International New Zealand Gary Whetton which flattens the ball just after the Grenoble Hueber . Olivier Brouzet a test is also refused to Grenoble this evening. The referee recognizes thirteen years later he committed a refereeing mistake that day , depriving Grenoble title . CO is also the same year finalist Challenge Yves du Manoir against Stade Toulousain with a small loss by 13 points to 8.

During the 1994-1995 season, Castres beat in the quarterfinals of the Catalan USA Perpignan 12-12 , then semifinal RC Toulon Var . In the final of the Championship of France , marking the beginning of the era of professionalism at the Parc des Princes in Paris Olympic faces Castres Stade Toulousain and is defeated 31-16 . Despite this defeat , CO qualifies for the first edition of the European Cup . The club then plays three quarter-finals of the Championship of France between 1998 and 2000. Castres were also semi-finalists in the 2002 Heineken Cup European Cup. In 2006, coach Alain Gaillard describes his club to the European Cup with his 5th place gained in the single hen Championship France once during the 2007-2008 season failed in the quarterfinals again.

In 2009-2010, the CO led by Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit is also quarter- finalist in the Championnat de France defeated Stade Toulousain at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse. CO tilts from 35 to 12 due to the lack of high-level experience of collective Olympian and a weak start to the match . CO during the 2010-2011 season remains unbeaten at home and ends at a beautiful 3rd overall and fails for the second consecutive year in the quarter final of the Championship of France against Montpellier HR a small point 18-17 . montpelliérrain the club then qualified for the first time in its recent history in the semifinals .

For the 2012-2013 season, the CO sees the arrival in its ranks two young recruits and new international French Brice Dulin Sporting Agen and Christophe Samson RC Toulon selected for the tour in South America with the XV of France . Castres finished 4th in the regular season and the last qualified for the semi -finals of the Championship of France with victory at home to Montpellier HR 25 points in 12 play-off at Stade Pierre- Antoine at home. Castres is needed against ASM Clermont Auvergne 25-9 in the semifinals of the Top14 in Nantes and thus qualified for the final 18 years after its 31-16 defeat at Stade Toulousain . Opposed to RC Toulon, Castres Olympique is needed 19-14 thanks to a try from scrum - half of South African Rory Kockott and two drops of the French opener Rémi Talès . "

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