From the last whistle on Saturday, May 28, 2018, social media was flooded with victorious emojis and yellow and black emojis. The mayor of La Rochelle Jeanfrancois Fountaine was one of them. He didn't hide his emotions: "This first historical star will forever be embroidered in yellow and black jerseys and in our hearts.
Champions of Europe @staderochelais We are grateful for your amazing adventure! The 1st Star will be embroidered on the yellow-black jersey and in our hearts. Tomorrow, at 7 p.m. the double-decker bus parades on the Old Port.
Sylvie Marcilly was the President of the Department. She released the following official press release: "What an amazing victory and what joy!" This feat has made Charente-Maritime a part of the history and tradition of rugby [...]". But Sylvie Marcilly did not hesitate to congratulate the players via her Twitter account.
Bravo @staderochelais, and congratulations! @department17
Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, said that he was happy to see a French team at the top. "Another French club on Europe's roof!" Stade Rochelais and its players, staff, and supporters, I offer my warmest congratulations.
Another French club is on the top of Europe! Stade Rochelais, its players, staff, and supporters, my sincere congratulations
The Champions Cup 2021 winners applaud, too. Stade Toulousain, congratulating Stade Rochelais via Twitter also highlights the triumph of the Lyon club at the Challenge Cup.
A great weekend for French rugby with 2 new French European Champions, for the second consecutive year Congratulations to @staderochelais and @LeLOURugby for these titles pic.twitter.com/1Qz4lFjpjW
The Head of State was there, too, with his press release. Although we all know that Emmanuel Macron is a more oval ball than round ball, the win of the Rochelais was worth a tweet. "A boiling Velodrome stadium and a breathless finale, the final result of which was the first European Rugby Cup for La Rochelle!" Bravo to the Maritimers for rising to the top of Europe.
The final was thrilling and a boiling Velodrome stadium. And the key? A first European Rugby Cup for La Rochelle. Bravo to the Maritimers for rising to the top of Europe.