after an anthology final, La Rochelle overthrows Leinster and retains the title of European champion

Les Rochelais made a historic comeback to remedy a poor start to win his second European title in Dublin on Saturday.

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La Rochelle's players celebrate their victory in the European Cup final against Leinster, in Dublin on May 20, 2023. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP)

Eighty minutes of madness for a title that will be remembered. Reigning European champions, Stade Rochelais overthrew Leinster (27-26) by winning their second consecutive European Cup, on Saturday 20 May, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Led by 17 points after a catastrophic start and three tries conceded in twelve minutes, the Maritimes showed insane dedication to nibble away their delay.

They manage to regain control of the match thanks to a goal save by Georges Henri Colombe in the 72nd minute, then they don’t give up despite an unbreathable finish. Thanks to this victory, they became the second French team to retain the title at the top European level, after Toulon between 2013 and 2015.

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