Thursday 23 May 2019

Toulouse to wear logo of Notre Dame cathedral during European semi-final with Leinster and auction off kits

Dave Kearney being tackled by Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune and Romain Ntamack. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dave Kearney being tackled by Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune and Romain Ntamack. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jack Rathborn

Toulouse will pay tribute to the Notre-Dame cathedral with a logo on their shirts for the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster this weekend.

The devastating fire caused damage to the Parisian monument’s roof and led to the spire collapsing on Monday.

Efforts since have seen over £700 million raised to help rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral.

And now the French rugby club will join the collective, president Didier Lacroix announced, following their thrilling win against Racing 92.

“It’s our way of supporting French heritage and for us to share our grief that we all have experienced after the fire which impacted one of France’s most important buildings,” Lacroix said.

The Toulouse jerseys will be auctioned off with the profits given to the help the rebuilding project.

One of the shirts will be given to the archbishop of Toulouse, while 15 others will be sold.

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Toulouse will pay tribute to Notre-Dame (@StadeToulousain)

As the only French side left in the competition, the four-time winners travel to Dublin on Sunday.

The winner will face either Saracens or Munster in the final at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

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