Tuesday 18 December 2018

6 things you didn't know about Toulouse

1 Stade Toulousian, although primarily known for rugby exploits, is not just a rugby club, they also produce teams in swimming, tennis and baseball.

2 Like Munster, Toulouse are very conscious of their roots and prefer to keep things in-house. Their coach Guy Noves has been in charge for 15 years and his assistants, Philippe Rouge-Thomas and Yannick Bru, are both former Toulouse players who are very close to Noves.

3 Although routinely referred to as one of the best-funded clubs in world rugby, Toulouse head of recruitment Jean Michel Ranule maintains the club's player budget is a mere €5m.

4 Out of a senior playing squad of 35, 22 are French, with South Africa and Argentina next highest on the countries of origin list with three players each.

5 Toulouse's first foreign player was Tom Richards, an Australian who joined the club in 1912 and was later awarded the Military Cross after taking part in the Gallipoli landing in the First World War.

6 The brasserie at Stade Ernest Wallon is a hugely popular eaterie in Toulouse. Although it was reported that the restaurant had a Michelin star, it is in fact run by a chef who gained a Michelin star at a different restaurant.

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