Friday, June 05, 2009
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?