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List of European Rugby Champions Cup finals

The European Rugby Champions Cup is an annual rugby union competition for European clubs whose countries compete in the Six Nations Championship. Introduced in 2014, the competition replaced the Heineken Cup, which had been run by European Rugby Cup (ERC) since 1995, following disagreements between its shareholders over the structure and governance of the competition.

List of European Rugby Champions Cup finals
SportRugby union
Number of teams20
CountryInternational club (European Professional Club Rugby)
HoldersEngland Saracens (2018–19)
Most titlesFrance Toulouse Ireland Leinster (4 titles)

It is organised by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), with teams qualifying via their final positions in their respective national/cross-border leagues (Premiership, Top 14, and Pro14). The winners of the first final were French team Toulouse, who beat Welsh side Cardiff 21–18 after extra time. Irish side Leinster are the current champions, having beaten French team Racing 92 15–12 in the 2018 final in Bilbao.[1]

20 teams initially compete in five separate pools. The top eight teams from the pools progress to the knockout stage. If the score in a knockout match 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 and Leinster are the most successful teams in the history of the tournament, with four wins each. Toulon are second with three wins. Toulon are the only team to have won three consecutive tournaments, from 2013 to 2015. Three teams have played in more than one final and failed to win any of them—Clermont three times, Racing 92, Stade Français and Biarritz twice. No teams from Scotland and Italy have progressed to the final.

The 2017–18 final was held in Bilbao, marking the first time that the final was contested in a country without a team participating in the competition. The 2018–19 final will be held in Newcastle,[3] the 2019-20 final will be held in Marseille.[4] and the 2020-21 final will be held in London.[5]



  Match was won during extra time
Heineken Cup era
Season Country Winners Score Runners-up Country Venue Attendance
1995–96   France Toulouse 21–18  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 Ulster 21–6 Colomiers   France   Lansdowne Road, Dublin 49,000
1999–00   England Northampton Saints 9–8 Munster   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   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 18–12  Stade Français   France   Murrayfield, Edinburgh 51,326
2005–06   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 Munster 16–13 Toulouse   France   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,500
2008–09   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 Leinster 33–22 Northampton Saints   England   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 72,456
2011–12   Ireland Leinster 42–14 Ulster   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
Champions Cup era
Season Country Winners Score Runners-up Country Venue Attendance
2014–15   France Toulon 24–18 Clermont   France   Twickenham, London 56,622
2015–16   England Saracens 21–9 Racing 92   France   Grand Stade de Lyon, Lyon 58,017
2016–17   England Saracens 28–17 Clermont   France   Murrayfield, Edinburgh 55,272
2017–18   Ireland Leinster 15–12 Racing 92   France   San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao 52,282
2018–19   England Saracens 20–10 Leinster   Ireland   St James' Park, Newcastle 51,930
2019–20   Stade de Marseille, Marseille
2020–21   Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ O'Connor, Ruaihri (13 May 2018). "Leinster forced to dig deep to see off teak-tough Racing 92 to secure fourth European crown". Independent News and Media. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Stade Francais 12–18 Toulouse". BBC Sport. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ "European rugby finals to be staged in Bilbao in 2018 and Newcastle in 2019". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Marseille to host 2020 European Champions Cup final". The Irish Times. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "New-Tottenham-stadium-to-stage-rugby-cup-finals-in-2021". The Evening Standard. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.

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