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Saracens too strong for Clermont again

Saturday 18 October 2014

Saracens secured back to back victories over Clermont Auvergne when they beat the French side 30-23 at Allianz Park in the Rugby Champions Cup.
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Glasgow make light work of Bath in Champions Cup

Saturday 18 October 2014

Glasgow Warriors kicked off their Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a solid 37-10 victory over English Premiership side Bath at a sold-out Scotstoun Stadium.
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Munster snatch late victory over Sale Sharks

Saturday 18 October 2014

Munster flyhalf Ian Keatley kicked a match winning drop goal to earn his team a late 26-27 European Rugby Champions Cup victory over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.
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Harlequins kick off Champions Cup with Castres win

Friday 17 October 2014

English Premiership Rugby Club Harlequins kicked off the new European Rugby Champions Cup with a 25-9 victory over French Top 14 Club Castres in Pool Two.
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2015/16 Champions Cup gets new play-off format

Thursday 25 September 2014

Organisers of the Rugby Champions Cup which has replaced the Heineken Cup have announced a revised play off format for the 2015/16 Champions Cup.
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Rugby Champions Cup dates revealed

Friday 15 August 2014

The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup is set to explode into action in mid-October with two compelling weekends of heavyweight clashes between European club rugby's professional elite.
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Twickenham to host Rugby Champions Cup final

Wednesday 13 August 2014

European Rugby Champions Cup organisers EPCR have announced that London will host the finals of the new-look European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup tournaments for the 2014/15 European season.
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European Rugby Champions Cup draw revealed

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Reigning Aviva Premiership champions, and European Challenge Cup holders, Northampton Saints, have been drawn in Pool 5 of the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup following the pool draws for EPCR's new tournaments which took place in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
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European Rugby & Challenge Cup Draw reaction

Tuesday 10 June 2014

The Teams that will be contesting the inaugaral European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cup have been drawn into pools to mixed reactions from the men in charge of the teams.
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Habana apologises for Heineken Cup final dive

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Springboks and Toulon winger Bryan Habana has apologised for taking a dive in the second half of the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.
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Armitage wins European Player of the Year

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Steffon Armitage of Heineken Cup champions, RC Toulon, has been named ERC European Player of the Year 2014. Armitage, also winner of the Heineken Man of the Match award
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Toulon win back to back Heineken Cups

Monday 26 May 2014

Toulon won back to back Heineken Cup titles after beating Saracens 23-6 in the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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London Wasps secure Rugby Champions cup spot

Sunday 25 May 2014

London Wasps have booked a place in next year's Rugby Champions Cup by beating Stade Francais 6-20 in Paris.
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Toulon vs Saracens Heineken Cup final preview

Saturday 24 May 2014

English Rugby Club Saracens have named Steve Borthwick to captain their team in Saturday's Heineken Cup final against current champions Toulon at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium
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Saracens must contain Giteau in Heineken Cup final

Saturday 24 May 2014

Saracens Boss Mark McCall has identified Toulon's Matt Giteau as the dangerman in their Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
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Wilkinson praises Farrell ahead of Cup showdown

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Jonny Wilkinson has praised his England fly-half successor Owen Farrell ahead of the Heineken Cup final between Toulon and Saracens on Saturday.
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Heineken Cup

The European Rugby Cup (known as the Heineken Cup because of the tournament's sponsorship by Heineken) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from six International Rugby Board (IRB) nations in Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Romania competed in the first year of the competition only.

The competition is organised by the European Rugby Cup, who are also responsible for the secondary championship, the European Challenge Cup.

It is one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport. The tournament was launched in the European summer of 1995 on the initiative of the then Five Nations committee to provide a new level of professional cross-border competition.

It is sponsored by Dutch brewing company Heineken International (it is known as H-Cup in France because of alcohol advertising restrictions).

Each European nation has a different qualifying system, though in total, 24 teams contest the pool stages in six pools of four.

According to performances, the number of clubs from each nation changes. The tournament is held from October to May, with various stages scheduled around domestic club competitions.

The 2007-08 tournament was won by Ireland's Munster, who beat Toulouse of France 16–13 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Toulouse have been the most successful team, winning the competition three times. Leicester Tigers have won the tournament twice and are the only team to have won the tournament two years in succession.

Past Winners

2008/09: Leinster
2007/08: Munster
2007/08: Munster
2006/07: Wasps
2005/06: Munster
2004/05: Toulouse
2003/04: Wasps
2002/03: Toulouse
2001/02: Leicester
2000/01: Leicester
1999/00: Northampton
1998/99: Ulster
1997/98: Bath
1996/97: Brive
1995/96: Toulouse

Source - Wikipedia

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