Following their Challenge Cup final victory over La Rochelle in Newcastle, ASM Clermont Auvergne join Harlequins as the leading tournament winners with three titles. Scroll below for more key facts and stats.
- Clermont won all nine matches in this campaign emulating their feat in the 2006/07 season and are now the second club to achieve a 100% record on two occasions after Gloucester Rugby who managed it in 2005/06 and 2014/15.
- Clermont’s Benjamin Kayser has won his first European medal after five losing finals.
- Last Friday night’s attendance of 28,438 at St James’ Park was a record for a Challenge Cup final in the United Kingdom eclipsing the 24,594 set at BT Murrayfield in 2017.
- Franck Azema, who won the Challenge Cup as a player with Montferrand in 1999, is now the first person to win the tournament both as a Head Coach and as a player.
- Alain Penaud, who captained Brive to European Cup success in 1997, and Damian are the first father and son combination to win European club titles.
- Clermont’s Greig Laidlaw, who kicked 18 points off the bench at St James’ Park, has won the tournament for a second time after first succeeding with Gloucester Rugby in 2015, as have Sitaleki Timani and Rabah Slimani who were winners with Montpellier in 2016 and with Stade Francais Paris in 2017 respectively.
- La Rochelle’s Vincent Rattez made a match-high 136 metres in Newcastle while Grégory Alldritt made 18 carries.
- Wesley Fofana, who scored a try in the win over La Rochelle, and also in the 2015 Champions Cup final, joins the list of players who have scored tries in both EPCR’s finals. The others are: Delon Armitage RC Toulon 2013 / London Irish 2006, Nick Abendanon Clermont 2015-2017 / Bath Rugby 2008, Ben Foden Northampton Saints 2011 / 2014, Phil Dowson Northampton Saints 2011 / 2014, Cian Healy Leinster Rugby 2012 / 2013 and Sean Cronin Leinster 2012 / 2013.
- Clermont scored 57 tries during the campaign at an average of over six per match.