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How To Watch La Rochelle Vs. Leinster Rugby In 2024 Champions Cup Round 1

How To Watch La Rochelle Vs. Leinster Rugby In 2024 Champions Cup Round 1

The 2023-2024 Investec Champions Cup begins Dec. 8 and Round 1 will close with Leinster Rugby traveling to play La Rochelle Rugby. Here's what to know.

Dec 10, 2023 by Joe Harrington
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The road to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium begins Dec. 8 and a potential preview of the 2024 Investec Champions Cup Final, and a reminder of the last two, is on Dec. 10. 

La Rochelle Rugby, the powerhouse of the Top 14 league and defending back-to-back champion, faces Leinster Rugby, the powerhouse of the United Rugby Championship and back-to-back Champions Cup finalist, in Round 1. 

It’s been a tough season for La Rochelle in the Top 14. Beset by injuries and 2024 World Cup departures, Stade Rochelais finds itself down the table in the French professional league. 

Meanwhile, Leinster was set back by the same Rugby World Cup departures, but the Dublin-based juggernaut enters the Champions Cup at the top of the current URC standings. 

But none of that matters as quite literally a new season begins this week with Round 1 of the 2024 Investec Champions Cup kicking off.

Here’s what to know about La Rochelle Rugby vs. Leinster Rugby in Round 1 of the Champions Cup. 

What Time Is La Rochelle Rugby Vs. Leinster Rugby In Round 1 Of The  2024 Investec Champions Cup?

The match will kickoff at 10:15 a.m. EST on Dec. 10. 

Where Is La Rochelle Rugby Vs. Leinster Rugby Being Played In Round 1 Of The  2024 Investec Champions Cup?

La Rochelle will host Leinster on its home grounds at Stade Marcel Deflandre in La Rochelle, France. 

How To Watch Leinster Rugby Vs. La Rochelle Rugby 

All of the 2024 Investec Champions Cup games are streaming live on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. 

Replays of the match and breaking news will be available on both platforms. 

What Channel Is Leinster Rugby Vs. La Rochelle On?

Locally in Europe, the game will be available on France TV, beIN SPORTS, TNT Sports and SuperSport. But the only way to watch the match in the United States is on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

Leinster Rugby Results

Through seven rounds of URC play, Leinster is 6-0-1. The loss came in Scotland against the Glasgow Warriors in Round 1. Leinster, playing its first season with star Johnny Sexton retired, has slowly seen its Irish International players return. 

Leinster enters the Champions Cup with back-to-back wins over Irish Union rivals Connacht and Munster (both of whom are also in the Champions Cup field). 

La Rochelle Rugby Results

A few weeks ahead of the URC schedule, Top 14 teams have played nine rounds and so far the story of the season has been La Rochelle and not in a good way. 

The club is 4-0-5 and ninth in the league and teetering on the edge of not even qualifying for next year’s Champions Cup. 

La Rochelle has its reasons. Stars Will Skelton and Jonathan Danty have both dealt with injuries stemming from the World Cup. 

Getting healthy, La Rochelle has won three of its last four matches in Top 14 action. 

La Rochelle Vs. Leinster Results And History

La Rochelle rallied from 17-0 in the 2023 Champions Cup Final in May to secure the cup for the second year in a row as an underdog to Leinster. Leinster remains one cup short to tie for the most championships. 

This will be the fourth meeting between the the two clubs and so far La Rochelle is 3-0 against the Irish powerhouse. In the three previous meetings, La Rochelle ended Leinster's championship run.

  • 2021: La Rochelle 32, Leinster 23, Champions Cup Semifinals
  • 2022: La Rochelle 24, Leinster 21, Champions Cup Final 
  • 2023: La Rochelle 27, Leinster 26, Champions Cup Final

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La Rochelle, Leinster Part Of ‘Group of Death’ Champions Cup Pool 4

Pool 4 is arguably the most loaded of the Investec Champions Cup. 

Featuring the two finalists of the Grand Final, the pool also includes Paris powerhouse Stade Français, Handre Pollard and the Leicester Tigers, South African power DHL Stormers and the Sale Sharks, currently at the top of the Gallagher Cup table at 6-0-2. 

Investec Champions Cup Rugby Pool 1

Here are the teams in Pool 1.

  • Saracens
  • Union Bordeaux-Bègles 
  • Vodacom Bulls
  • Bristol Bears 
  • Connacht Rugby 
  • Lyon

Investec Champions Cup Rugby Pool 2

Here are the teams in Pool 2.

  • Toulouse 
  • Cardiff Rugby 
  • Bath Rugby 
  • Racing 92
  • Harlequins
  • Ulster Rugby 

Investec Champions Cup Rugby Pool 3

Here are the teams in Pool 3.

  • Munster Rugby 
  • Aviron Bayonnais
  • Glasgow Warriors 
  • Exeter Chiefs
  • RC Toulon 
  • Northampton Saints 

Investec Champions Cup Rugby Pool 4

Here are the teams in Pool 4.

  • La Rochelle 
  • Stade Français
  • Leicester Tigers
  • DHL Stormers 
  • Leinster Rugby 
  • Sale Sharks 

Investec Champions Cup Fixtures In Round 1

(all times are EST):

Dec. 8 

  • Glasgow Warriors vs. Northampton Saints, 3 p.m., Scotstoun Stadium
  • Connacht Rugby vs. Union Bordeaux-Bègles, 3 p.m., Sportsground 

Dec. 9

  • RC Toulon vs. Exeter Chiefs, 8 a.m., Stade Felix Mayol
  • Bath Rugby vs. Ulster Rugby, 10:15 a.m., The Rec
  • Toulouse vs Cardiff Rugby, 10:15 a.m., Stade Ernest Wallon 
  • Vodacom Bulls vs. Saracens, 12:30 p.m., Loftus Versfeld
  • Munster Rugby vs. Aviron Bayonnais, 12:30 p.m., Thomond Park 
  • Bristol Bears vs Lyon, 3 p.m., Ashton Gate

Dec. 10

  • Sale Sharks vs. Stade Français, 8 a.m., Salford Stadium
  • La Rochelle vs. Leinster Rugby, 10: 15 a.m., Stade Marcel Deflandre  
  • Leicester Tigers vs. DHL Stormers, 10:15 a.m., Mattioli Woods Welford Road
  • Racing 92 vs. Harlequins, 12:30 p.m., Paris La Defense Arena 

All these matches will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

Investec Champions Cup Fixtures In Round 2

(all times are EST):

Dec. 15

  • Northampton Saints vs RC Toulon, 3 p.m., cinch Stadium @ Franklin Gardens
  • Aviron Bayonnais vs Glasgow Warriors, 3 p.m., Stade Jean Dauger

Dec. 16 

  • DHL Stormers vs. La Rochelle, 8 a.m., DHL Stadium
  • Saracens vs. Connacht Rugby, 8 a.m., StoneX Stadium
  • Union Bordeaux-Bègles vs Bristol Bears, 10:15 a.m., Stade Chaban-Delmas 
  • Lyon vs Vodacom Bulls, 12:30 p.m. Matmut Stadium de Gerland
  • Leinster Rugby vs Sale Sharks, 12:30 p.m. RDS Arena 
  • Cardiff Rugby vs. Bath Rugby, 3 p.m. Cardiff Arms Park
  • Ulster Rugby vs. Racing 92, 3 p.m., Kingspan Stadium 

Dec. 17 

  • Exeter Chiefs vs. Munster Rugby, 8 a.m., Sandy Park
  • Harlequins vs. Toulouse, 10:15 a.m., Twickenham Stoop
  • Stade Français vs. Leicester Tigers, 12:30 p.m., Stade Jean Bouin

All these matches will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

Investec Champions Cup Fixtures In Round 3

(all times are EST)

Jan. 12

  • Northampton Saints vs. Aviron Bayonnais, 3 p.m. cinch Stadium @ Franklin Gardens

Jan. 13

  • Lyon vs. Connacht, 8 a.m., Matmut Stadium de Gerland
  • Exeter Chiefs vs. Glasgow Warriors, 8 a.m., Sandy Park
  • Bristol Bears vs. Vodacom Bulls, 10:15 a.m. Ashton Gate
  • RC Toulon vs Munster Rugby, 10:15 a.m., Stade Felix Mayol
  • Leinster Rugby vs. Stade Français, 12:30 p.m. Aviva Stadium 
  • DHL Stormers vs. Sale Sharks, 12:30 p.m., DHl Stadium
  • Cardiff Rugby vs. Harlequins, 3 p.m., Cardiff Arms Park
  • Ulster Rugby vs. Toulouse, 3 p.m., Kingspan Stadium 

Jan. 14 

  • Bath Rugby vs. Racing 92, 8 a.m., The Rec 
  • La Rochelle vs. Leicester Tigers, 10:15 a.m., Stade Marcel Deflandre 
  • Union Bordeaux-Bègles vs. Saracens, 12:30 p.m., Stade Chaban-Delmas

All these matches will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

Investec Champions Cup Fixtures In Round 4

(all times are EST)

Jan. 19 

  • Glasgow Warriors vs. RC Toulon, 3 p.m., Scotstoun Stadium 
  • Connacht Rugby vs. Bristol Bears, 3 p.m., The Sportsground

Jan. 20 

  • Harlequins vs. Ulster Rugby, 8 a.m., Twickenham Stoop
  • Vodacom Bulls vs. Union Bordeaux-Bègles, 8 a.m., Loftus Versfeld
  • Leicester Tigers vs. Leinster Rugby, 10:15 a.m., Mattioli Woods Welford Road
  • Racing 92 vs. Cardiff Rugby, 10:15 a.m., Paris La Defense Arena 
  • Munster Rugby vs. Northampton Saints, 12:30 p.m., Thomond Park
  • Stade Français vs. DHL Stormers, 12:30 p.m., Stade Jean Bouin
  • Saracens vs Lyon, 3 p.m., StonX Stadium

Jan. 21

  • Sale Sharks vs. La Rochelle, 8 a.m., Salford Stadium 
  • Toulouse vs. Bath Rugby, 10:15 a.m., Stade Ernest Wallon
  • Aviron Bayonnais vs. Exeter Chiefs, 12:30 p.m., Stade Jean Dauger

All these matches will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

When Is The Rugby Investec Champions Cup Round Of 16?

The Round of 16 will begin on on April 5 and end on April 7. 

When Are The Investec Champions Cup Rugby Quarterfinals?

The Champions Cup quarterfinals are April 12-14. 

When Are The Rugby Investec Champions Cup Semifinals?

The Investec Champions Cup semifinals are May 3-5. 

When Is The Rugby Investec Champions Cup Final?

The final will be at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 25. 

What To Know About Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The host of the Champions Cup final moves from Aviva Stadium in Dublin to London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The venue is the third-largest stadium in England and home to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 

How To Watch Rugby Matches In the United States On FloRugby

The Investec Champions Cup will stream all its matches on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. FloRugby and FloSports are also the U.S. home to:

FloRugby is also home to match archives and match replays. 

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