La Rochelle, against 59.600 spectators at Marseille’s Stade-Velodrome, won its first European title with the Champions Cup. Leinster was defeated by the dedicated club president Vincent Merling (24-21). The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, tweeted: “A boiling Velodrome stadium and a stunning final. And the key: a first European Rugby Cup in La Rochelle!” “Congratulations to the Maritimes for rising to the top of Europe,” said the head of state.

The final was thrilling and a boiling Velodrome stadium. And the key? A first European Rugby Cup for La Rochelle. Bravo to the Maritimers for rising to the top of Europe.