Hailing from the Midi-Pyrenees, an area famous for its strength on the rugby field, Stade Touloussain, or Toulouse as they are most commonly referred to, is traditionally one of the strongest sides in French rugby, having won 19 French Championships and made six Heineken Cup finals appearances, winning four.
The club’s colours are red, black and white and their logo is a crest with the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’ intertwined on it. Stade Touloussain was officially founded in 1907, and played its first final in 1909, claiming its first title in 1912. Throughout the 70s and 80s Toulouse established themselves as the dominant force in French rugby, becoming renowned for their physical approach to the game and creating a veritable fortress at their home ground which intimidated all visiting players.
Toulouse’s current squad features a number of notable players, none more so than inspirational national team skipper Thierry Dusautoir, one of the best players in world rugby at the moment. Dusautoir is joined by former All Black Luke McAllister, Australian scrum-half Luke Burgess and fellow French representative Vincent Clerc.
Over the years some of the world’s most famous players have donned the red and black shirt, including home-grown stars Thomas Castaignede, Emile Ntamack and IRB International Player of the Year nominee in 2012 Frederic Michalak, and has also hosted international personalities such as New Zealander Byron Kelleher, Springbok Gaffie du Toit, Welshman Gareth Thomas and English fly-half Rob Andrew.