List of European Rugby Champions Cup finals

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List of European Rugby Champions Cup finals
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1995
Number of teams 20
Country International club (European Professional Club Rugby)
Holders England Saracens (2016–17)
Most titles France Toulouse (4 titles)

The European Rugby Champions Cup is an annual rugby union competition for European clubs whose countries compete in the Six Nations Championship. Established in 1995, it is organised by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), with teams qualifying via their final positions in their respective national/regional leagues (Premiership, Top 14, and Pro12). It was known as the Heineken Cup until it was rebranded in 2014. The winners of the first final were French team Toulouse, who beat Welsh side Cardiff 21–18 after extra time. Saracens of England are the current champions, they beat French team Racing 92 21–9 in the 2016 final in Lyon.[1]

The European rugby Champions Cup final is the last match of the competition, which sees 20 teams initially compete in five separate pools. The top eight teams from the pools progress to the knockout stage. The winning team is declared European champion and receives the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy. If the score is a draw after 80 minutes of regular play, an additional 20-minute period of play, called extra time, is added. If the score remains tied, an additional 10 minutes of sudden-death extra time are played, with the first team to score points immediately declared the winner. If no team is able to break the tie during extra time, the winner is ultimately decided by a penalty shootout. As well as the first final, the 2005 final between French teams Toulouse and Stade Français went to extra time, which Toulouse won 18–12.[2]

Toulouse are the most successful team in the history of the tournament, with four wins. Leinster and Toulon are second with three wins each. Toulon are the only team to have won three consecutive tournaments, from 2013 to 2015. Stade Français, Biarritz and Clermont have each appeared in two finals without winning. Teams from Scotland and Italy have failed to progress to the final.

It was announced on April 3rd, 2017 that the 2017-18 final wil be held in Bilbao, which will be the first time that the final will be contested in a country without a team participating in the competition. The 2018-19 final will be held in Newcastle.

Finals[edit]

Key
dagger Match was won during extra time
European Rugby Champions Cup finals
Season Country Winners Score Runners-up Country Venue Attendance
1995–96  France Toulouse 21–18dagger Cardiff  Wales Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff 21,800
1996–97  France Brive 28–9 Leicester Tigers  England Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff 41,664
1997–98  England Bath 19–18 Brive  France Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 36,500
1998–99 Ireland Ireland Ulster 21–6 Colomiers  France Lansdowne Road, Dublin 49,000
1999–2000  England Northampton Saints 9–8 Munster Ireland Ireland Twickenham, London 68,441
2000–01  England Leicester Tigers 34–30 Stade Français  France Parc des Princes, Paris 44,000
2001–02  England Leicester Tigers 15–9 Munster Ireland Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,600
2002–03  France Toulouse 22–17 Perpignan  France Lansdowne Road, Dublin 28,600
2003–04  England London Wasps 27–20 Toulouse  France Twickenham, London 73,057
2004–05  France Toulouse 18–12dagger Stade Français  France Murrayfield, Edinburgh 51,326
2005–06 Ireland Ireland Munster 23–19 Biarritz  France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,534
2006–07  England London Wasps 25–9 Leicester Tigers  England Twickenham, London 81,076
2007–08 Ireland Ireland Munster 16–13 Toulouse  France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,500
2008–09 Ireland Ireland Leinster 19–16 Leicester Tigers  England Murrayfield, Edinburgh 66,523
2009–10  France Toulouse 21–19 Biarritz  France Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,962
2010–11 Ireland Ireland Leinster 33–22 Northampton Saints  England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 72,456
2011–12 Ireland Ireland Leinster 42–14 Ulster Ireland Ireland Twickenham, London 81,774
2012–13  France Toulon 16–15 Clermont  France Aviva Stadium, Dublin 50,198
2013–14  France Toulon 23–6 Saracens  England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 67,586
2014–15  France Toulon 24–18 Clermont  France Twickenham, London 56,622
2015–16  England Saracens 21–9 Racing 92  France Grande Stade de Lyon, Décines 58,017
2016–17  England Saracens 28–17 Clermont  France BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 55,272

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
France Toulouse 4 2 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–10 2003–04, 2007–08
Ireland Leinster 3 0 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
France Toulon 3 0 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
England Leicester Tigers 2 3 2000–01, 2001–02 1996–97, 2006–07, 2008–09
Ireland Munster 2 2 2005–06, 2007–08 1999–2000, 2001–02
England Saracens 2 1 2015–16, 2016–17 2013–14
England Wasps 2 0 2003–04, 2006–07
France Brive 1 1 1996–97 1997–98
Ireland Ulster 1 1 1998–99 2011–12
England Northampton Saints 1 1 1999–2000 2010–11
England Bath 1 0 1997–98
France Stade Français 0 2 2000–01, 2004–05
France Biarritz 0 2 2005–06, 2009–10
France Clermont 0 2 2012–13, 2014–15
Wales Cardiff 0 1 1995–96
France Colomiers 0 1 1998–99
France Perpignan 0 1 2002–03
France Racing 92 0 1 2015–16

By nation[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up
France France 8 12
England England 8 5
Ireland Ireland 6 3
Wales Wales 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Standley, James (14 May 2016). "Saracens beat Racing 92 to win first European Champions Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Stade Francais 12–18 Toulouse". BBC Sport. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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