Stade Toulousain – Leinster in the Champions Cup final: this record that Léo Cullen and Ugo Mola will decide between

Stade Toulousain – Leinster in the Champions Cup final: this record that Léo Cullen and Ugo Mola will decide between
Stade Toulousain – Leinster in the Champions Cup final: this record that Léo Cullen and Ugo Mola will decide between

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The Champions Cup final between Leinster and Stade Toulousain is also a match within a match between managers. Until Saturday, the day of the final, Ugo Mola for Toulouse and Léo Cullen for the Irish province hold a joint record.

There are many similarities between the two finalist clubs before this final. They are collective but also individual.

On one side of the ring, Ugo Mola, manager of Stade Toulousain since 2015, after having been a player for the same club from 1990 to 1996. On the other side, Léo Cullen, manager of Leinster (also since 2015), after having spent almost most of his playing career (two years at Leicester) in the Dublin province.

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The two managers share, until then, the same privilege: that of having won the tournament both as player and head coach.

Léo Cullen (46) was the second row and captain of Leinster during the coronations of 2009, 2011 and 2012 before winning as coach in 2018.

Ugo Mola (51 years old a few days ago) was a substitute for Stade Toulousain during the first final in Cardiff, against Cardiff (21-18 after extra time). He entered in the 70th minute on the wing, in place of David Berty. And as manager, he won the European Cup in 2021, the Stadium’s last European title.

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The club that wins the final on Saturday will therefore allow its manager to be the first manager to have won the trophy twice, having already won it as a player.

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