We continue our overview of the teams involved in the 2022/2023 Champions Cup campaign, with today a focus on the French team of Stade Toulousain, crowned five times in the European Cup, which revered in the Pool B
European Cup record
First winner of the European Cup, in 1996, Toulouse has since entered the history of the competition with five crowns, the last to date against Stade Rochelais, in 2021 at Twickenham. In total, Stade Toulousain has played in seven European Cup finals.
Journey past season
After finishing in seventh place in Pool B, Stade Toulousain found the Irish province of Ulster Rugby in the round of 16. Les Rouge et Noir won at the end of the suspense (50-49, cumulative score over the two legs) before meeting Munster Rugby in the quarter-finals. The Haut-Garonne also had an epic encounter by winning after a thrilling penalty shootout (24-24, 4-2). The Toulouse however fell in the semi-final, at the Aviva Stadium, against Leinster Rugby (40-17).
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Stade Toulousain player from 1990 to 1996 then Dax and Castres, Ugo Mola embarked on a coaching career in 2006 with SC Mazamet. After also coaching Castres Olympique, Brive and Albi, the former winger joined Toulouse in 2015, taking over from Guy Novès, and guided the Rouge et Noir to a European title in 2021.
Toulouse undoubtedly has one of the most impressive squads in the European Cup, with in particular a large number of French internationals such as Thomas Ramos, Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Matthis Lebel, Anthony Jelonch, Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka or even Julien Marchand. The Rouge et Noir can also rely on full-back and striker Melvyn Jaminet, who arrived this summer from USAP and Squadra Azzurra nugget Ange Capuozzo.
The Toulousains will begin their group stage, December 11, with a trip to Thomond Park to challenge the Irish province of Munster Rugby, before welcoming English side Sale Sharks a week later. The Rouge et Noir will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on January 14 and will end their group stage by hosting the Red Army on January 22.