The EPCR has announced that it is opening an investigation following an incident that allegedly took place between players and staff members in the Aviva Stadium locker room tunnel during the break in the final between Leinster and La Rochelle. (26-27).
Things would have happened at the break. Indeed, this Saturday evening, via a press release, the EPCR, which is none other than the organizer of the Champions Cup, announced that it was opening an investigation, following an incident which allegedly took place in mid- time of the Champions Cup final, between Leinster and La Rochelle (26-27): “EPCR has become aware of reports of an incident during half-time of the Champions Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. The tournament organizer will investigate this matter as soon as possible.
We have no further comments to make at this time. “This incident would have taken place in the tunnel leading to the various dressing rooms of the Aviva Stadium. This scuffle would concern members of the staff and several players belonging to both camps. On the La Rochelle side, manager Ronan O’Gara could thus be involved, according to information from the newspaper. The Independant.
“They didn’t respect us”
Just like one of his players. Namely Will Skelton. On the Leinster side, this could particularly concern Jonny Sexton. Just like Sean O’Brien, who is none other than the assistant coach of Leinster. The tension was already visibly palpable between the two teams even before kick-off. In effect, Grégory Alldritt, the captain of the Maritimes, confided, in front of the press, at the end of the meeting, that the Irishman and captain of Leinster James Ryan “had disrespected him”during the toss.
Insofar as he had then not wanted to look him in the eye, in remarks reported by Le Figaro : “There were several moments when we felt that the game could change. Already from the toss, they did not respect us. He (James Ryan) didn’t look me in the eye when he shook my hand. And that should not be done…”