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Friday, June 05, 2009

Aurelien Rougerie tribute ahead of the Top 14 Final

Aurelien Rougerie tribute ahead of the Top 14 Final

Tomorrow is the highlight of the French rugby calendar as the Top 14 Final between Clermont and Perpignan takes place at the Stade De France in Paris.

Its the first time these two sides have ever met in the final, with the fans from both sides on a high as the 80 000 seater arena was sold out in less than two hours.

Perpignan had disappointment early on in the season, losing their big signing Dan Carter to injury after just five games, but they showed tremendous resolve to get over that and have since topped the table of the championship.

Clermont will possibly be favourites for the match though, as they possess supreme strike power out wide in the form of Napolioni Nalaga, and one of world rugbys form flyhalfs at the moment, Brock James.

In a leader they have the inspiring Aurelien Rougerie, a man who leads from the front and has shown his class whenever he pulls on the famous yellow jersey.

An injury hampered his progress for a large part of the season, but he is back and his size and class make him one to watch tomorrow.

We have this excellent tribute to the man whose silky running and powerful play that has made him a fan favourite and a Clermont legend.

Anyone care to make a prediction for the final?

Posted at 10:04 pm | 34 comments

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Anonymous June 05, 2009 8:31 pm

Clermont will win it. They should have done last year as well.

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Anonymous June 05, 2009 9:32 pm

Yeah, Perpignan had a better season than I expected but I think Clermont is stronger

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no9 June 05, 2009 9:38 pm

i would like to say perpingon to win but the'll need a big game.

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Flooz June 05, 2009 9:42 pm

Rougerie is still a great player
The perfect mix between power and style

Hope that Clermont will win the final, they truely deserve it

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gautier June 05, 2009 10:03 pm

This game is going to be a real war, both team are really hungry. I think James is going to be the key as the rest of the team are pretty equal

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leinster fan 4 lfe June 05, 2009 11:08 pm

Clermont 24 - 19 Perpignan

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Emmanuel Bouscasse June 05, 2009 11:16 pm

Tough, the teams are evenly matched in the forwards, but perhaps the more accurate kicking game by James and Baby(wether it be for touch or posts) will win it for Clermont, who really do deserve it.

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thx June 05, 2009 11:38 pm

Guetteba you're a rugbydump legend. Thanks once again

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Anonymous June 05, 2009 11:54 pm

Does anyone think Guetteba has a crush on Rougerie?

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jebaa June 06, 2009 12:25 am

he's not all that!!!

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 12:36 am

"Does anyone think Guetteba has a crush on Rougerie?"
I thought it was only me lol

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 4:40 am

Great player - good to see him back after that nasty injury a couple of seasons ago.

He should be still in the French set-up in my opinion. Best of luck to Clermont, I think they deserve it......

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kevdetoulouse June 06, 2009 5:51 am

clermont deserves it for sure.
bonne chance les jaunards!

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Deeno June 06, 2009 7:50 am

rougerie will play his part in the french sides summer test after 2008 SNations and he always deserved!! as a toulouse fan i would like to see clermont win this year!! after a moderate start they did a wonderful comeback in the final stages!!!So al les jaunards!!vous le meritez

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 7:56 am

I hope Clermont win, but Perpigna is a very good team, i predict a really good match because the 2 teams have a big forward packs and fabulous backs !

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 8:04 am

Rougerie 1m93 and 105kgs, class player, but it's sure he will not going in NZ with France after the final ?

Sorry for my english

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des June 06, 2009 10:11 am

any ideas what the soundtrack is?

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bD June 06, 2009 10:41 am

well is he playing centre or wing ?!

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Brick Shithouse June 06, 2009 10:41 am

Good video Guetteba, Rougerire's a sap thoughh, I really dislike him, he sued someone for injuring him after he got handed off in the throat. Won about 30,000 in damages. Faggot. Nice player, but an absolute ladyboy.

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 10:49 am

whats the song called???

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It'snotallaboutthefl June 06, 2009 11:19 am

South africa 3-0?

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Flooz June 06, 2009 11:28 am

Brick Sithouse

Your comment is stupid,

U can like or dislike one player, but if u take count of Rougerie past injury. In fact, it was a real agression from will greenning, which could have stopped his career.

Furthermore, it was the club and not the player which pursued greenning. But I agree that it's an opened door to many other accidents.

so, have a better look to ur sources.. ;)

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OspreyFan June 06, 2009 11:52 am

Love watching AR14 play. Really classy runner and a real good video to show that. Why he isnt pulling on a blue jersey for france though is beyond me.

Clermont will win i think, to much attacking prowess in nalaga and AR14

More videos like this please RD!

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 12:04 pm

Rougerie aint just a big lump, hes got a good rugby brain too.

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 1:35 pm

tacle he done on ian dowling....poor ba*terd wasnt able to eat for weeks lmao

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 3:10 pm

Flooz, when you decide to play rugby you accept the risk of injury that comes with game. Getting handed off is part and parcel of the game and I doubt Greening meant to injure him when he did it. It's pretty pathetic to sue a fellow professional unless the cnduct is something like stamping n the head or other outrageous conduct that causes injury.

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scot-luxi June 06, 2009 5:03 pm

rougerie's attacking skills are obvious, but the reason for which he hasnt worn a france jersey, was his defence, whiwh was way too sloppy for test rugby (according to bernanrd laporte) but it appears he has been working on it and will fight for a wing jersey on tour to NZ and AUS with the frenchies

otherwise, both teams deserve the title, they both had a very regular season.
Perpignan composed with the injuries (especially at stand-off, at one point carter, meyer,laharrague and mele where all injured so they used a youngster from their academy).

Clermont will try to win it for their old boys (mignoni, emmanuelli..)

But in all and for all , it'll be a tough contest, fiercely played by two ambitious teams.

Plus, the game de brennus will make history as perpignan havent won the bouclier de brennus since 1955 and clermont havent won it, yet having played in ten finals

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 5:21 pm

how did he catch that ball for the last try!!!!????

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Joey June 06, 2009 8:29 pm

Perpigan 22 Clermont 13 :)

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 8:37 pm

Above that is

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 8:41 pm

AT the end he lookes like yer man off dumb and dumber lol]

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Chris M June 06, 2009 9:50 pm

for anyone who wishes to know
the song is called "no reason" by "sum 41"
the album is called "chuck"
thanks rugbydump, for a great tribute to a class player

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no9 June 07, 2009 12:52 pm

well thats a bit harsh

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Anonymous August 10, 2010 12:16 pm

The song's called Sum41 - No Reason by the way.

Great player, and a great collection of clips. Clermont to win.

J

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