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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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London Wasps take one point lead over Stade

Monday 19 May 2014

London Wasps will take a one point lead with them into next week's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off against Stade Francais after they won the first leg 30-29 at their Adams Park.
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Roof to be closed for Heineken Cup final

Monday 19 May 2014

Heineken Cup organisers have announced that the roof of the Millennium Stadium will be closed for next Saturday's Heineken Cup final between holders, RC Toulon, and Saracens.
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Saracens sweat on England prop Vunipola

Monday 5 May 2014

English Premiership rugby club Saracens face an anxious wait before discovering if England prop Mako Vunipola will be fit for the Premiership play-offs and the Heineken Cup final.
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Champions Cup play offs to be held in May

Friday 2 May 2014

The play-off between the seventh-placed teams in the French Top 14 and the English Premiership for the final place in the new European Champions Cup will be held over two weekends in May.
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Toulon to face Saracens in Heineken Cup final

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Toulon's kept their hopes of retaining their Heineken Cup champions title alive when they beat Munster 24-16 at Stade Velodrome in their Semi-final.
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Burger can lead Saracens to Heineken Cup glory

Tuesday 29 April 2014

England and Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell says that flanker Jacques Burger can lead the English rugby club to Heineken Cup glory.
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Saracens smash Clermont to book Euro Cup final

Sunday 27 April 2014

English club Saracens booked a place in the Heineken Cup final when they smashed French club ASM Clermont 46-6 in their European Cup Semi-final at Twickenham Stadium.
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Heineken Cup Semi-final teams announced

Saturday 26 April 2014

The teams, kick off times, venues and match officials have been announced for this weekend's Heineken Cup Semi-finals have been announced.
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Saracens wary of Sivivatu in Heineken Cup Semi

Saturday 26 April 2014

Former All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu has been identified as Clermont's dangerman by Saracens coach Mark McCall in their Heineken Cup Semi-final Twickenham 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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