There are many rugby clubs around the world that could be considered the best on the planet, but Stade Toulousain’s glittering resume ensures that most would consider their trophy cabinet to be beyond the likes of Auckland, the Leicester Tigers, Crusaders, Leinster or the Bulls.

Nineteen times Stade has claimed the Bouclier de Brennus/Top 14, five more than any other team in French history. They have appeared in Europe’s showpiece six times (winning four Heineken/Champions Cups) while winning a host of discontinued trophies (Coupe de l'Espérance, Challenge Yves du Manoir and the Coupe de France).

BLK announced they had signed Toulouse in 2014 and will continue to be the apparel partner with the Midi-Pyrénées Giant until at least 2018.

Stade Toulousain was a late entry into the French rugby scene, officially founded in 1907; fifteen years after the Top 14 began.

Two years later the team reached their first final, losing to Stade Bordelais Université Club, before claiming their inaugural crown in 1912 with an 8-6 victory over Racing Club de France.

Ten years later Toulouse won their second title and embarked on their first golden era, winning five of the six French Championships on offer throughout the 1920s.

Between 1928 and 1984 remarkably the powerhouse won just one final (in 1947), before the team strode across Europe imperiously as the professional era approached. From 1985 to the current day Stade Toulousain has captured 12 French titles and four European crowns, including playing in the semi-finals of the Top 14 over a 20-year run from 1994 to 2013.

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