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The rise and rise of La Rochelle: How Ronan O'Gara has helped Atlantic coast club 'rewrite history'

Steady and patient progress of Atlantic coast club mirrors region’s turbulent history

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La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara before the Champions Cup match against Gloucester. Photo: Matt Impey/Sportsfile

La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara before the Champions Cup match against Gloucester. Photo: Matt Impey/Sportsfile

La Rochelle supporters have been the 16th player for their team

La Rochelle supporters have been the 16th player for their team

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La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara before the Champions Cup match against Gloucester. Photo: Matt Impey/Sportsfile

The local convicts will be locked up in La Rochelle this Sunday.

As the city’s rugby club continues a charge that enthrals all who love this sport, their supporters, nicknamed ‘Les Bagnards’, or convicts, due to their hooped black and yellow garb – have become used to self-imposed imprisonment by now. Like the rest of us.


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