Toulouse are titans of French rugby but risk becoming also-rans

Munster’s opponents have found status diminished as money floods into Top 14

Toulouse have struggled to recapture former glories and are currently outside the top six for qualification for next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Toulouse have struggled to recapture former glories and are currently outside the top six for qualification for next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Toulousain! The club is synonymous with winning and flair. No team has won more French Championships or European Cups. They also did so with a certain panache. They were the standard-bearers. They used to be beautiful. But not any more.

They haven’t won a Top 14 title since their 19th Bouclier de Brennus in 2012, nor a European crown since their fourth in 2010.

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