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Friday, June 05, 2009

Aurelien Rougerie tribute ahead of the Top 14 Final

Tomorrow is the highlight of the French rugby calendar as the Top 14 Final between Clermont and Perpignan takes place at the Stade De France in Paris.

It’s the first time these two sides have ever met in the final, with the fans from both sides on a high as the 80 000 seater arena was sold out in less than two hours.

Perpignan had disappointment early on in the season, losing their big signing Dan Carter to injury after just five games, but they showed tremendous resolve to get over that and have since topped the table of the championship.

Clermont will possibly be favourites for the match though, as they possess supreme strike power out wide in the form of Napolioni Nalaga, and one of world rugby’s form flyhalfs at the moment, Brock James.

In a leader they have the inspiring Aurelien Rougerie, a man who leads from the front and has shown his class whenever he pulls on the famous yellow jersey.

An injury hampered his progress for a large part of the season, but he is back and his size and class make him one to watch tomorrow.

We have this excellent tribute to the man whose silky running and powerful play that has made him a fan favourite and a Clermont legend.

Anyone care to make a prediction for the final?


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34 Comments:

  • Clermont will win it. They should have done last year as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2009 10:31 pm  

  • Yeah, Perpignan had a better season than I expected but I think Clermont is stronger

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2009 11:32 pm  

  • i would like to say perpingon to win but the'll need a big game.

    By Anonymous no9, at June 05, 2009 11:38 pm  

  • Rougerie is still a great player
    The perfect mix between power and style

    Hope that Clermont will win the final, they truely deserve it

    By Blogger Flooz, at June 05, 2009 11:42 pm  

  • This game is going to be a real war, both team are really hungry. I think James is going to be the key as the rest of the team are pretty equal

    By Blogger gautier, at June 06, 2009 12:03 am  

  • Clermont 24 - 19 Perpignan

    By Anonymous leinster fan 4 lfe, at June 06, 2009 1:08 am  

  • Tough, the teams are evenly matched in the forwards, but perhaps the more accurate kicking game by James and Baby(wether it be for touch or posts) will win it for Clermont, who really do deserve it.

    By Anonymous Emmanuel Bouscasse, at June 06, 2009 1:16 am  

  • Guetteba you're a rugbydump legend. Thanks once again

    By Anonymous thx, at June 06, 2009 1:38 am  

  • Does anyone think Guetteba has a crush on Rougerie?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 1:54 am  

  • he's not all that!!!

    By Anonymous jebaa, at June 06, 2009 2:25 am  

  • "Does anyone think Guetteba has a crush on Rougerie?"
    I thought it was only me lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 2:36 am  

  • Great player - good to see him back after that nasty injury a couple of seasons ago.

    He should be still in the French set-up in my opinion. Best of luck to Clermont, I think they deserve it......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 6:40 am  

  • clermont deserves it for sure.
    bonne chance les jaunards!

    By Blogger kevdetoulouse, at June 06, 2009 7:51 am  

  • rougerie will play his part in the french sides summer test after 2008 SNations and he always deserved!! as a toulouse fan i would like to see clermont win this year!! after a moderate start they did a wonderful comeback in the final stages!!!So alé les jaunards!!vous le meritez

    By Anonymous Deeno, at June 06, 2009 9:50 am  

  • I hope Clermont win, but Perpigna is a very good team, i predict a really good match because the 2 teams have a big forward packs and fabulous backs !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 9:56 am  

  • Rougerie 1m93 and 105kgs, class player, but it's sure he will not going in NZ with France after the final ?

    Sorry for my english

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 10:04 am  

  • any ideas what the soundtrack is?

    By Anonymous des, at June 06, 2009 12:11 pm  

  • well is he playing centre or wing ?!

    By Anonymous bD, at June 06, 2009 12:41 pm  

  • Good video Guetteba, Rougerire's a sap thoughh, I really dislike him, he sued someone for injuring him after he got handed off in the throat. Won about 30,000 in damages. Faggot. Nice player, but an absolute ladyboy.

    By Anonymous Brick Shithouse, at June 06, 2009 12:41 pm  

  • whats the song called???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 12:49 pm  

  • South africa 3-0?

    By Anonymous It'snotallabouttheflankers, at June 06, 2009 1:19 pm  

  • Brick Sithouse

    Your comment is stupid,

    U can like or dislike one player, but if u take count of Rougerie past injury. In fact, it was a real agression from will greenning, which could have stopped his career.

    Furthermore, it was the club and not the player which pursued greenning. But I agree that it's an opened door to many other accidents.

    so, have a better look to ur sources.. ;)

    By Blogger Flooz, at June 06, 2009 1:28 pm  

  • Love watching AR14 play. Really classy runner and a real good video to show that. Why he isnt pulling on a blue jersey for france though is beyond me.

    Clermont will win i think, to much attacking prowess in nalaga and AR14

    More videos like this please RD!

    By Anonymous OspreyFan, at June 06, 2009 1:52 pm  

  • Rougerie aint just a big lump, hes got a good rugby brain too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 2:04 pm  

  • tacle he done on ian dowling....poor ba*terd wasnt able to eat for weeks lmao

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 3:35 pm  

  • Flooz, when you decide to play rugby you accept the risk of injury that comes with game. Getting handed off is part and parcel of the game and I doubt Greening meant to injure him when he did it. It's pretty pathetic to sue a fellow professional unless the cnduct is something like stamping n the head or other outrageous conduct that causes injury.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 5:10 pm  

  • rougerie's attacking skills are obvious, but the reason for which he hasnt worn a france jersey, was his defence, whiwh was way too sloppy for test rugby (according to bernanrd laporte) but it appears he has been working on it and will fight for a wing jersey on tour to NZ and AUS with the frenchies

    otherwise, both teams deserve the title, they both had a very regular season.
    Perpignan composed with the injuries (especially at stand-off, at one point carter, meyer,laharrague and mele where all injured so they used a youngster from their academy).

    Clermont will try to win it for their old boys (mignoni, emmanuelli..)

    But in all and for all , it'll be a tough contest, fiercely played by two ambitious teams.

    Plus, the game de brennus will make history as perpignan havent won the bouclier de brennus since 1955 and clermont havent won it, yet having played in ten finals

    By Anonymous scot-luxi, at June 06, 2009 7:03 pm  

  • how did he catch that ball for the last try!!!!????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 7:21 pm  

  • Perpigan 22 Clermont 13 :)

    By Anonymous Joey, at June 06, 2009 10:29 pm  

  • Above that is

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 10:37 pm  

  • AT the end he lookes like yer man off dumb and dumber lol]

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 06, 2009 10:41 pm  

  • for anyone who wishes to know
    the song is called "no reason" by "sum 41"
    the album is called "chuck"
    thanks rugbydump, for a great tribute to a class player

    By Anonymous Chris M, at June 06, 2009 11:50 pm  

  • well thats a bit harsh

    By Anonymous no9, at June 07, 2009 2:52 pm  

  • The song's called Sum41 - No Reason by the way.

    Great player, and a great collection of clips. Clermont to win.

    J

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2010 2:16 pm  

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