Rugby Champions Cup VideoLIVE - 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Pool Draws
Racing 92 fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out of the Champions Cup final with a hamstring injury. Racing 92 fly-half Remi Tales missed a late drop-goal as Leinster clung on to claim a victory in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao.
Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll has praised the "exceptional" work Stuart Lancaster has done in helping the Irish province to the brink of a fourth European Cup success.
But he does not think he will rush back into the Test arena. Those who headed to northern Spain in search of sun this weekend look set for disappointment but those who have found a way to Bilbao should witness a fine Champions Cup final.
Dan Leavy believes Leinster must find an extra gear if they are to beat Racing 92 and secure a fourth European Cup triumph.
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Racing 92 scored three tries in the opening 22 minutes to stun Munster and set up a victory that secured their place in the Champions Cup final.
Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton was able to look forward to a special occasion in Bilbao next month after helping the Irish province to a comfortable win over Scarlets in the Champions Cup semifinal in Dublin.
Donnacha Ryan faces his former Munster teammates with Racing on Sunday but he won't let sentimentality get in the way of his side's quest for a first Champions Cup title.
Leinster cantered into the Champions Cup final with a comprehensive defeat of the Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Watch the very best in U. Available across Europe, subscribe today.
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The fore-runners of the All Blacks When the All Blacks take the field at Twickenham on Saturday they will be following compatriots who, exactly years earlier, were also representing their country in England.
Flying Chris Ashton can make a splash again after his wilderness years A starting spot on the wing against the All Blacks on Saturday completes a remarkable renaissance for a Twickenham crowd favourite.
November Tests predictions - Round 2: England to fall short? Cipriani hit with three-week ban Gloucester and England fly-half Danny Cipriani has been banned for three weeks after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle.
Former Springboks flanker Deysel retires Deysel, who joined Ulster from Guinness Pro14 rivals Munster in , made his decision because of a "combination of lower-body injuries and various niggles".
Cipriani sent off in Gloucester defeat Danny Cipriani's week went from bad to worse as he was sent off against Munster in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.
Billy Vunipola out of autumn internationals England will be without Billy Vunipola for the autumn internationals after he fractured his arm in Saracens' win over Glasgow Warriors at the weekend.
Vunipola brothers both injured in Saracens win Billy and Mako Vunipola both went off injured in Saracens' victory over Glasgow on Sunday, putting their participation in England's Autumn internationals in doubt.
Ulster confirm Champions Cup spot Ulster confirmed their place in next season's Champions Cup with a victory over Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium. For the pool stage there are five pools of four teams.
The teams are ranked based on domestic league performance the previous season, and arranged into four tiers of five teams. Teams are then drawn from the tiers into pools at random, with the restriction that no pool shall contain two teams from the same country or league, until the allocation of Tier 4, which contains the sixth English and French teams, the sixth and seventh Pro14 team and the winner of the play-off.
Teams will play the other three teams in the pool twice, at home and away, and match points will be awarded depending on the result of each game, with teams receiving four points for a win, and two for a draw.
Following the completion of the pool stage, the five pool winners, and the three best pool runners-up qualify for the knock-out stage. The eight quarter-finalists are seeded — pool winners from 1—5, and runners-up from 6—8 — based on performance in their respective pool.
The four pool winners with the best pool record receive home advantage for the quarter-finals against one of the lower-seeded teams.
The quarter-final are unbracketed, and follow the standard 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5 format, as found in the Heineken Cup.
The winners of the quarter-finals will contest the two semi-finals, Up to and including the —15 season, matches and home country advantage were determined by a draw by EPCR.
In —16 EPCR decided to put a new procedure in place. In lieu of the draw that used to determine the semi-final pairing, EPCR announced that a fixed semi-final bracket would be set in advance, and that the home team would be designated based on "performances by clubs during the pool stages as well as the achievement of a winning a quarter-final match away from home".
Semi-final matches must be played at a neutral ground in the designated home team's country. Home country advantage will be awarded as follows: The winners of the semi-finals will contest the final, which will be held no later than the first weekend of May each season.
English and French rugby union clubs had long held concerns over the format and structure of the Heineken Cup organised by European Rugby Cup ERC , predominantly in relation to the distribution of funds and an imbalance in the qualification process.
This founding principle was eventually conceded however, when it was agreed that the top-placed teams from the four should participate in the new European competition.
ERC responded with claims that Premiership Rugby did not have the rights to a European tournament and announced a four-year deal with Sky Sports.
The actions of Premiership Rugby were said to have "thrown northern hemisphere rugby into disarray". Subsequently, in September , the English and French clubs announced their intention to organise their own tournament, to be named the Rugby Champions Cup, from —15 season onwards, and invited other European clubs, provinces, and regions to join them.
The IRB now World Rugby stepped into the debate at the same time to announce its opposition to the creation of a breakaway tournament.
Both will split the pool matches, quarter-finals, and semi-finals equally, and both will broadcast the final. Shortly after the establishment of European Professional Club Rugby EPCR to administer the new competition from a new base in Neuchatel, Switzerland, the running of the inaugural —15 tournament was subcontracted to the organisation it had been meant to replace, Dublin-based European Rugby Cup ERC.
This was despite the latter having been described by chairman of Premiership Rugby , Quentin Smith, as "no longer fit for purpose". This was described as "something of an about-turn" by The Daily Telegraph.
EPCR were still looking to hire a permanent chairman and director-general more than a year after their establishment. The inaugural Champions Cup final was brought forward by three weeks due to a French desire not to interrupt their domestic playoffs.
This was said to have "devalued" and "diminished the status of the occasion as the pinnacle of European club rugby".
While the Heineken Cup final had been due to take place at the San Siro in Milan , the first European final to take place in Italy, the new organisers decided to move it to Twickenham Stadium in London in order to "guarantee the best possible financial return to clubs".
This was described as an "embarrassing fiasco" by the Western Mail in Wales. EPCR were said to have "failed on many levels" by The Irish Times , with the attendance figure for the final "a fitting postscript to the hastily-convened decider to what was, after all the brinkmanship, a hastily-convened tournament".
During the creation of the Champions Cup, former organisers ERC had been criticised for "failing to maximise the commercial potential" of the Heineken Cup.
New organisers EPCR pledged to move from a single title sponsor format to a Champions League -style partner system, with 2—3 primary partners projected for the inaugural tournament and 5 being the ultimate target.
However, only Heineken agreed to sign up for the —15 season, at a much reduced price from that which they had been paying previously.
Note that in the case of career statistics, only those clubs for which each player appeared in European Cup fixtures i. Heineken Cup or Champions Cup are listed.
Ronan O'Gara received the inaugural award, being recognised as the best player over the first 15 years of ERC tournaments. Crafted by Thomas Lyte ,  the trophy is made of mixed metals including sterling silver and 18ct gold plating.
The cup is designed around the idea of the star representing European rugby, including the previous 19 seasons of European rugby, as the Heineken Cup.
The base of the trophy contains the crests of the 10 clubs that won the Heineken Cup, to further reinforce the link between the old and new European competitions .
EPCR was criticised for forcing U. Coverage was split between the two in order to raise revenues, but this was said to have "diluted the focus and reduced the buzz around the event".
This lists the average attendances for each season's European Cup competition, as well as the total attendance and highest attendance for that season.
The final is typically the most-attended match, as it is generally held in a larger stadium than any club's home venue.
The highest attended match of the —03 competition was a quarter-final between Leinster and Biarritz before 46, fans at Landsdowne Road in Dublin.
The final held at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh was only the third most-attended match that season. The attendance of 82, set what was then a world record for a club match in the sport's history.
While the —11 tournament's highest attended match was unsurprisingly the final, the second-highest attended match was notable in that it was held in Spain.
Perpignan hosted Toulon in a quarter-final before a sellout crowd of 55, at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
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