Two-time Heineken Champions Cup winners, La Rochelle’s rise from being a middling Pro D2 club to back-to-back European champions has been one of Rugby’s truly remarkable stories of the past decade.
Matched only by the rise of England’s Exeter Chiefs, the Ronan O’Gara (ROG) coached side combines passion with exceptional tactical rugby nous, all culminating in a lethal on-field product.
Now available on YouTube is a documentary that focuses on their 2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup campaign. Starting at the round of 16 stage, the film crew follow the team on their road to glory.
Capturing behind-the-scenes moments, the film crew are given unrivalled access to produce a documentary that encapsulates what has made the club such a force in European Rugby.
Key to this rise has been a passion for representing a region that lives and dies with its rugby club.
Encapsulating this passion, head coach O’Gara and captain Gregory Alldritt feature prominently as the joint protagonists for the club.
The two men are the perfect foil for one another as they deliver clear and concise messages that hit the right pitch and the right moment for their team.
Immediately the role of the two becomes clear in the documentary as ROG straddles the line between head coach and friend to the players. Whilst O’Gara handles the big picture side of things, his on-field general clearly identifies points for the immediate points that are crucial to the team.
So for Rugby fans looking for some midweek viewing, this fifty-minute documentary is well worth a watch and is available with English subtitles courtesy of YouTube.