European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

15 Oct 20

The teams have been announced, the venue is confirmed and we are all gearing up for the big match, enjoy our preview for the 2020 Challenge Cup Final below.

Bristol Bears v RC Toulon

Date: Fri 16 October 2020 - KO: 21:00 (20:00 BST) - Venue: Stade Maurice-David

European Rugby Challenge Cup Final 2020
First, some Good News! A limited number of fans will be able to attend the Challenge Cup final after authorities in the Bouches-du-Rhône department granted EPCR permission to sell 1,000 tickets for the showpiece match in Aix-en-Provence.

The Preview:

There will be a new name on the trophy! With Bristol Bears and RC Toulon reaching the final, a new name will go on the trophy following Friday evening’s decider in Aix-en-Provence. Bristol, in their first final, and Toulon in their third (2010 and 2012), will each be vying to become the 16th club to win the tournament.
England winning the Anglo-French battle! Friday’s match will be the ninth Anglo-French Challenge Cup final with the Premiership currently ahead five by wins to three.
Toulon looking for historic French double! Toulon are in line to become the first French club to win both the Challenge Cup and the Heineken Champions Cup. Four clubs have so far achieved the European ‘double’: Wasps, Bath Rugby, Leinster Rugby and Northampton Saints.
Bears setting the pace! Bristol Bears are this season’s leading try scorers (38) and points scorers (302) from their eight matches to date.
Which of the old guard will triumph? John Afoa will be playing in his fifth European final after three appearances in the Challenge Cup with Gloucester (2015, 2017, 2018), and one in the Heineken Champions Cup with Ulster in 2012. Sergio Parisse features in his fourth Challenge Cup final after captaining Stade Francais Paris in 2011, 2013 and 2017 (he was man of the match in 2017).
The invincibles? If Toulon triumph on Friday, they will have won all nine of their matches, emulating ASM Clermont Auvergne’s achievement from last season.

European Rugby Challenge Cup - The Key Men?

  • Callum Sheedy has scored 78 points so far for the Bears.
  • Piers O'Conor & Will Capon have both scored 4 tries in 7 matches for the Bears.
  • The Bears' Luke Morahan leads the way in the tournament with 499 metres gained, Masivesi Dakuwaqa leads the way for Toulon with 351.
  • Beka Gigashvili (8 in 8 matches) & Gabin Villiere (8 in 3 matches) lead the way in Turnovers

The Teams:

Bristol Bears RC Toulon
15. Max Malins,  15. Gervais Cordin, 
14. Luke Morahan,  14. Bryce Heem , 
13. Semi Radradra,  13. Isaiah Toeava, 
12. Siale Piutau,  12. Duncan Paia'aua, 
11. Alapati Leiua,  11. Gabin Villière, 
10. Callum Sheedy,  10. Louis Carbonel, 
9. Harry Randall,  9. Baptiste Serin, 
1. Yann Thomas,  1. Jean Baptiste Gros, 
2. Harry Thacker,  2. Anthony Etrillard (c), 
3. Kyle Sinckler,  3. Beka Gigashvili, 
4. Dave Attwood,  4. Eben Etzebeth, 
5. Chris Vui,  5. Romain Taofifenua, 
6. Steven Luatua (c),  6. Charles Ollivon, 
7. Daniel Thomas,  7. Raphael Lakafia, 
8. Ben Earl. 8. Sergio Parisse.
Replacements: Replacements:
16. George Kloska,  16. Bastien Soury, 
17. Jake Woolmore,  17. Florian Fresia, 
18. John Afoa,  18. Emerick Setiano, 
19. Joe Joyce,  19. Brian Alainu'uese, 
20. Jake Heenan,  20. Swan Rebbadj, 
21. Tom Kessell,  21. Julien Ory, 
22. Piers O'Conor,  22. Tane Takulua, 
23. Niyi Adeolokun, 23. Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

AR1: Frank Murphy (Ireland)

AR2: George Clancy (Ireland)

TMO: Brian McNiece (Ireland)

Broadcasters: FR 4/beIN SPORTS/BT Sport

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