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Friday 10 May 2019 00:45 (+06) Challenge Cup Round Final St James’ Park Ref: Wayne Barnes (England) Assis Ref 1: Luke Pearce (England) Assis Ref 2: Matthew Carley (England) TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

La Rochelle and Clermont lock horns in an all-French European Challenge Cup final

Clermont Auvergne and La Rochelle will clash in the first all-French European Challenge Cup final for seven years on Friday.

The Top 14 clubs meet at St James’ Park in Newcastle, launching a European finals weekend that continues on Saturday when Saracens and Leinster contest the Champions Cup.

Sky Sports provides you with the ultimate guide to the showdown on Tyneside.


Clermont will bid for a third Challenge Cup triumph, which would equal Harlequins’ tournament record if they topple first-time finalists La Rochelle.

But it has largely been a tale of disappointment in major finals for the two-time French champions.

La Rochelle will take a strong contingent with them to Newcastle on Friday

The Yellow Army have lost 23 major finals in their history while winning just seven – their most recent in 2017 in the Top 14. Indeed, between 1936 and 2009, they lost 14 domestic French leagues.

La Rochelle were Champions Cup quarter-finalists last year, when they were knocked out by Scarlets at the same stage as Clermont, who lost to eventual runners-up Racing 92.

Sky Bet odds

In 2017, Clermont lost the Champions Cup final to Saracens in Edinburgh, but they head into the encounter as strong favourites…

Clermont – 2/5

La Rochelle – 7/4

Peceli Yato scored in Clermont’s win over La Rochelle in January in the Top 14

Road to the final

Clermont were in imperious form during the pool stage, equalling Ospreys’ 2016-17 achievement by winning all six games with bonus points.

They followed that up by knocking out quarter-final opponents Northampton 61-38, then reached the final through a 31-27 victory over Quins.

La Rochelle ended Sale’s run in the European Challenge Cup last month

La Rochelle’s route to Newcastle has not been as straightforward, losing to Bristol in their group before meeting – and beating – them in the last eight, and then edging past Sale Sharks.

Azema seeks Challenge Cup double

Clermont rugby director Franck Azema lined up in the centre when his team beat Bourgoin in the 1999 Challenge Cup showpiece.

And it is another all-French affair for the first time since 2012 when Biarritz defeated Toulon.

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