The grand finale to French Rugby’s TOP 14 Championship will be shown live on Premier Sports tonight (June 25th) as Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle look to secure an historic win over one of the most successful teams in French rugby history – Toulouse (Live coverage on Premier Sports 1 from 7.30pm).
With extended Premier Sports coverage for UK and Ireland customers, rugby supporters can also enjoy the full TOP 14 experience with post-match interviews, the live trophy ceremony as well as music from American Hip-Hop and R&B group Black Eyed Peas who will be performing a live show from Miami for TOP 14 audiences as part of the closing ceremony.
Current European champions Toulouse will have their sights firmly set on the European and domestic double with their opponents La Rochelle seeking a first ever title win in the TOP 14 and to turn the tables after being beaten 22-17 by Toulouse in the Champions Cup Final last month at Twickenham.
Toulouse last won the double in 1996. The battle for TOP 14 silverware, the Bouclier de Bennus, is set-up to be another entertaining and high intensity clash at the Stade de France in Paris as the two best teams in France and Europe go head-to-head for a showdown between these two great French rugby clubs that’s not to be missed.
La Rochelle put in a huge defensive performance in their semi-final game against a star-studded Racing 92 team to earn their Final place, with a decisive try from Arthur Retière sealing La Rochelle’s 19-6 win. Toulouse will be without French fly-half Romain Ntamack who misses the Final with a head injury after being injured in the semi-final, with Thomas Ramos – man of the match in the 24-21 semi-final victory, now stepping into the spotlight at 10 with one of the world rugby’s most exciting players, Antoine Dupont, alongside him at scrum half.
In a re-run of European Rugby’s Champions Cup Final, La Rochelle know that discipline will be key this time having played the majority of their European showdown against Toulouse with 14 men. Toulouse went on to win a record fifth European Rugby title.
The exciting finale to the TOP 14 Championship will see Premier Sports broadcast its 151st rugby game in the 20/21 season with more than 380 hours of live rugby delivered for UK fans watching at home across both the Guinness PRO14 and TOP 14 – during a challenging time for the sport and its supporters.
Next season will see Premier Sports increase and expand its rugby coverage further after announcing it has secured TOP 14 rights for the next two years plus won UK and Ireland TV rights for all 151 games live in the new cross hemisphere tournament, the United Rugby Championship (URC), plus 11 of Scottish Rugby’s ROSROC Super6 games on Sundays will be live on its free-to-air sister channel FreeSports within the UK and Ireland.