Champions Cup: Toulouse and La Rochelle, in a final with French stamp


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Champions Cup: Toulouse and La Rochelle, in a final with French stamp

Toulouse and La Rochelle They will play this Saturday from 12:30 in Argentina, a new final of the Champions Cup. The match will take place at Twickenham, with a guaranteed attendance of 10,000 spectators, and will be broadcast live on ESPN 3.

It will be a duel with an Argentine presence on the field, since Juan Cruz Mallía will be the starting center in Toulouse, while the former CUBA, Facundo Bosch, was confirmed between the relays of the surprising Stade Rochelais.

The road to the final had different nuances for each team. While Toulouse played its quarterfinal (21 to 12 vs Clermont) and semifinal (21 to 9 vs Bordeaux) matches against French teams, La Rochelle had to demonstrate its power against Sale Sharks (45 to 21), in the quarterfinals, and against Leinster (32 to 23), in the duel that deposited him in the title match.

Toulouse is the first champion of the tournament when it began to be played back in 1995. The team that also has Santiago Chocobares among its ranks holds four trophies of the contest, which it also obtained in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2010/11. Mallía and Chocobares want to join the select group of Argentine players who have already become champions with the club, such as Omar Hasan (2004/05), Patricio Albacete (2010/2011) and Alberto Vernet Basualdo (2010/2011).

For its part, La Rochelle will have its first final in the European competition. With the probable entry of Facundo Bosch in the complement, The hooker will be the only Argentine representative in a team that also has the Patagonian Ramiro Herrera on its roster, who is in clear recovery from the shoulder operation.

Both teams arrive with a great presence in the Top 14 (Toulouse first and La Rochelle second by one point) and this final on English soil could become the prequel to what happens in a few weeks in the French tournament. However, for both the main objective is what may happen on Saturday, in a duel that will end up defining, neither more nor less, the best team in the entire European continent.

The formations:

TOULOUSE: 1- Cyril Baille, 2- Peato Mauvaka, 3- Charlie Faumuina; 4- Richie Arnold, 5- Rory Arnold; 6- Rynhardt Elstadt, 7- François Cros, 8- Jerome Kaino; 9- Antoine Dupont, 10- Romain Ntamack; 11- Matthis Lebel, 12- Pita Ahki, 13- Juan Cruz Mallía, 14- Cheslin Kolbe; 15- Maxime Medard.

Substitutes: 16- Julien Marchand, 17- Clément Castets, 18- David Ainu´u, 19- Iosefa Tekori, 20- Thibaud Flament, 21- Selevasio Tolofua, 22- Baptiste Germain, 23- Thomas Ramos.

LA ROCHELLE: 1- Dany Priso, 2- Pierre Bourgarit, 3- Uini Antonio; 4- Romain Sazy, 5- Will Skelton; 6- Gregory Alldritt, 7- Kevin Gourdon, 8- Victor Vito; 9- Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10- Ihaia West; 11- Raymond Rhule, 12- Levani Botia, 13- Geoffrey Doumayrou, 14- Dillyn Leyds; 15- Brice Dulin.

Substitutes: 16- Facundo Bosch, 17- Reda Wardi, 18- Arthur Joly, 19- Thomas Lavault, 20- Wiaan Liebenberg, 21- Paul Boudehent, 22- Arthur Retiére, 23- Jules Plisson.


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