Whether before, during or after the match, rugby is a celebration for all these moments, a source of joyful experiences to be shared with "locals," who will happily find a place for you in their friendly "scrums." But where should you go for a true rugby experience in Occitanie? Visit one of the region's great rugby stadiums, revel in its places of celebration or watch games live on the big screen.
Watching the 21-times French champions, and five-times European champions, Stade Toulousain live at Stade Ernest-Wallon is an incredible experience. Dubbed "Le chaudron" ("The cauldron"), the historic and legendary Stade Ernest-Wallon awaits.
Go on an unforgettable guided tour of the home of Stade Toulousain, seeing what goes on behind the scenes and its highly impressive facilities. After visiting the dressing rooms graced by champions, the VIP areas, and the training room where the players pump iron in front of their "gaffer," Guy Novès, you will know all there is to know about the team in red and black.
Le Bouclier de Brennus trophy is awarded each year to the French league winners in mid-June. Whenever Toulouse wins this trophy, the whole city is draped in the Stade Toulousain colours: red and black. The most iconic moment during this time of immense joy and celebration is the day after the title triumph, when the players cross the city in a procession and present the trophy to a jubilant crowd from the balcony of Le Capitole, Toulouse City Hall.
“Rugby isn't played over two halves, but three, entailing pre-match fervour, in-game bravery and post-match fraternity,” according to former international rugby star René CRABOS.
Big games are shown on giant screens across the region's main rugby cities (Place du Capitole, Toulouse, and the square outside Montpellier City Hall), where large crowds can safely enjoy the action together, while other rugby enthusiasts prefer to watch the game from the comfort of the region's rugby bars, taking in their equally typical rugby-like atmosphere.