Spotlight on Brive

22 March 2017

With Bath Rugby’s home European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter-final less than two weeks away, we thought we’d take a closer look at our opponents Brive. We also tested Ross Batty's knowledge on who he played alongside in the 39-7 victory back in 2014. 


Key players

Fabien Sanconnie

Sanconnie is one of the most promising names in French rugby. The 22-year-old back row made his debut for Brive in the Challenge Cup against Bath’s local rivals Gloucester in October 2014 and has gone on to win international honours with France.

Benefiting from the guidance of French great Olivier Magne in the France U20 setup, Sarconnie made his debut for Les Tricolores against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations earlier this month.

Julien Le Devedec

Capped nine times by France, Julien Le Devedec has spent the last five seasons with Brive. The second rower arrived at Brive following a successful spell with Toulouse, during which time the Club won the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup on two occasions (2005 and 2010). A physically imposing forward, Le Devedec is one to watch out for next month. 

Gaetan Germain

A point-scoring machine, Germain has scored over 250 points this season for Brive – the highest in the Top 14 by over 50 points. The fullback arrived at the Club from French rivals Racing 92 in 2013 and has gone on to score over 1000 points in Brive colours. Dangerous with the boot and ball in hand, Germain will be looking to assert his authority on proceedings against Bath.


Brive’s route to the Quarter-Final

Round one: Newport Gwen Dragons 37-16Brive

Round two: Worcester Warriors 24-25 Brive

Round three: Enisei-STM 8-43 Brive

Round four: Brive 38-18 Enisei-STM

Round five: Brive17-14 Worcester Warriors

Round six: Brive 36-19 Newport Gwent Dragons


Last five results in the Top 14 – 10th place

La Rochelle 36-17 Brive

Brive 21-19 Toulouse

Brive 15-5 Toulon

Racing 92 33-25 Brive

Bayonne 33-23 Brive


Previous results against Bath Rugby

2014 – Bath Rugby 39-7 Brive – Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter-Final

1998 – Bath Rugby 19-18 Brive – Heineken Cup Final

1997 – Bath Rugby 27-25 Brive – Heineken Cup


Flashback to 2014

Bath Rugby (25) 39

 Tries – Agulla 3, Abendanon, Rokoduguni, Young

Cons – Ford 3

Pens – Ford

Brive (0) 7

Tries – Murphy

Cons – Laranjeira

Bath Rugby team: Abendanon; Agulla, Banahan, Henson, Rokoduguni; Ford, Young; Catt, Batty, Perenise; Day, Attwood (capt); Garvey, Mercer, Fearns.

Replacements: Dunn, Orlandi, Roberts, Hooper, Houston, James, Eastmond, Watson


Notable former Brive players

Lisandro Arbizu (ARG), Horacio Agulla (ARG), Andy Goode (ENG), Cedric Heymans (FRA), Christophe Lamaison (FRA), Olivier Magne (FRA), Jamie Noon (ENG), Alain Penaud (FRA), Scott Spedding (FRA), Steve Thompson (ENG), Gregor Townsend (SCO)

Tickets for Bath Rugby’s European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter-Final against Brive at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 1st April are available by clicking here or calling the Ticket Office on 0844 448 1865. 


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