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Clermont give Munster hopes a hammer blow

Sunday 14 December 2014

Clermont gave Munster's hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup play offs a hammer blow when they beat the former Irish Champion side 26-19 at Stade Marcel-Michelin.
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Leinster edge Harlequins in Champions Cup

Sunday 14 December 2014

Leinster held off a strong second half comeback from Harlequins to win 14-13 in their European Rugby Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
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Saracens beat Premiership rivals Sale Sharks

Saturday 13 December 2014

Former English Premiership champions Saracens beat Sale Sharks 28-15 in their European Rugby Champions Cup at Allianz Park on Saturday.
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Toulon grind out Leicester Tigers victory

Saturday 13 December 2014

Toulon recovered from last week's loss by beating Leicester Tigers 23-8 in their European Rugby Champions Cup Stade Félix Mayol.
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Northampton Saints smash Benetton Treviso

Saturday 13 December 2014

Northampton Saints secured a 67-0 bonus point victory over Italian side Treviso European Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
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Toulouse top Pool 3 with second Glasgow victory

Saturday 13 December 2014

Toulouse cemented their place at the top of Pool 3 when they beat Glasgow Warriors 9-12 in the European Rugby Champions Cup Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday.
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Banahan shines as Bath thump Montpellier

Friday 12 December 2014

Former England winger Matt Banahan scored a hat-trick of tries as Bath thumped French side Montpellier 32-12 in their Rugby Champions Cup match at The Recreation Ground.
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European Rugby Champions Cup Rd.4 teams

Friday 12 December 2014

The starting teams and replacements as well as the match officials and kick off times for this weekend's European Rugby Champions Cup Round 4 matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been released.
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Ireland trio face make or break European weekend

Thursday 11 December 2014

Ireland's three former Heineken Cup winning teams Munster, Ulster and Leinster all face make-or-break matches in this weekend's fourth round European Champions Cup.
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Harlequins lose Robshaw and Evans for Leinster

Wednesday 10 December 2014

English Rugby club Harlequins have confirmed that Chris Robshaw and Nick Evans will both miss Saturday's European Rugby Champions Cup match against Leinster.
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English teams hit form in European Rugby

Tuesday 9 December 2014

English Rugby clubs enjoyed one of their best weekends in European Rugby history as they won six matches in the top competition for only the third time in its history.
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Leicester Tigers outmuscle champions Toulon

Sunday 7 December 2014

Leicester Tigers held on to beat double Champions Toulon 25-21 at Welford Road in the Rugby Champions Cup on Sunday.
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Harlequins stay on course with Leinster victory

Sunday 7 December 2014

Harlequins remained on track for European Champions Cup quarter final by beating former champions Leinster 24-18 at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.
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Toulouse surge past Glasgow in Europe

Sunday 7 December 2014

Four time European Rugby Cup champions Toulouse overtook Glasgow in Pool 4 by beating the Scots 19-11 at Stade Ernest Wallon in France.
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Wasps stay alive in Europe with Castres victory

Sunday 7 December 2014

Wasps earned a 17-32 bonus point victory over Castres Olympique at Stade Pierre Antoine to keep their chances of a quarter-final place alive.
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Ulster keep their European Cup chances alive

Sunday 7 December 2014

Ulster kept their slim hopes of qualification for the Rugby Champions Cup knock-out stages alive by beating Scarlets with a 24-9 bonus point win
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Clermont make history with Munster victory
Saracens end Sale Sharks European hopes
Ospreys salvage Racing Metro draw with late try
Northampton Saints ease to victory over Treviso
Bath brush off Montpellier to stay alive in Europe

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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