The President of Stade Toulousain Celebrates Top 14 Victory
The president of Stade Toulousain couldn’t contain his joy during the final decisive action of the opening half on Saturday, June 17, at the Stade de France. The team emerged victorious in the Top 14 final against La Rochelle.
Memorable Moments Captured
Major sporting events often produce unforgettable photos and sequences. One such image is that of Romain Ntamack, sprinting alone at full speed towards the La Rochelle try line to score the winning try. This action sealed Stade Toulousain’s victory in the Top 14 final at the Stade de France.
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A President’s Overflowing Joy
Another powerful image from that evening is the reaction of Didier Lacroix, the president of Stade Toulousain, during this legendary action. In the presidential gallery, the former third-row player couldn’t contain his overwhelming joy.
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Embracing the Moment
By his side stood many notable personalities. After expressing his joy with a raised fist, Didier Lacroix proceeded to kiss Frédéric Calamel, former president of the US Carcassonne, and then, with refreshing spontaneity, he kissed the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
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Respect and Congratulations
Following the celebrations, Didier Lacroix exchanged respectful handshakes with Vincent Merling, the president of La Rochelle, who displayed good sportsmanship despite the disappointment. Finally, Lacroix greeted Emmanuel Macron and Florian Grill, the newly elected president of the French Rugby Federation, before ending with Pierre Venayre, the general manager of the La Rochelle club.
As a passing observation, the emotion on René Bouscatel’s face, also present at the event, clearly reflected his relief.