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European Champions Cup FAQ

Where is the 2023 European Rugby Champions Cup played?

The 2022-23 European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in Europe and South Africa with teams based in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

When is the 2022-23 European Rugby Champions Cup being played?

The 2023 European Rugby Champions Cup starts in November 2022 and culminates with the European Rugby Champions Cup Final in May 2023.

Who won the 2022 European Rugby Champions Cup?

La Rochelle defeated Leinster in the 2022 European Champions Cup final.

European Rugby Champions Cup History


The competition began as the Heineken Cup in 1995 with twelve clubs from Ireland, Wales, Italy, Romania and France. English and Scottish teams didn't take part in the inaugural competition which was won by Toulouse who beat Cardiff in extra time at Cardiff Arms Park.

English and Scottish teams joined the Heineken Cup in 1996-97 with the European Challenge Cup organised for teams that failed to qualify for the Heineken Cup. Brive won the competition after beating Leicester 28-9 at Cardiff Arms Park and was viewed by approzimately 35 million people in 86 countries.

The 1997-98 Heineken Cup was altered with clubs playing in a home and away format in the pool games. Brive were beaten by Bath in the Final, but the competition was marred by English clubs withdrawing because of a dispute over the way the competition was being run.

English clubs continued to withdraw in the 1998-99 Heineken Cup tournament that saw 16 teams take part. French clubs dominated the competition, finishing first in three of the four groups.

Colomiers reached the final but were beaten 21-6 by Ulster at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Ulster had beaten fellow French clubs Toulouse and Stade Français on their way to the final. 

English clubs returned to the Heineken Cup in 1999-00 as clubs from four different nations reached the semi-finals (England, Ireland, France, Wales).  Munster took on Northampton in the final with Northampton coming out on top 9-8 at Twickenham in London.

The 2000-01 final saw Leicester beat Stade Français 34-30 at Parc des Princes, Paris. From 2002 the European Challenge Cup winner automatically qualified for the Heineken Cup.

In 2003-04 the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) created regions to play in the Celtic League which meant they could represent Wales in European competitions. Wales would then enter regional sides instead of club sides that had previously competed in the competitions. 

The 2004 Heineken Cup final saw Wasps beat Toulouse 27-20 at Twickenham in London. Toulouse won the 2005 Heineken Cup Final 18-12 against Stade Français at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the first Scottish venue to host the final. Toulouse became the first team to win three Heineken Cup titles.

The 2006-07 Heineken Cup was a breakthrough for the competition in terms of exposure, Pitch International's securing the rights that means the Heineken Cup would be televised in over 100 countries. Wasps won the final 25-9 in front of a tournament record 81,076 fans at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

During competition there was uncertainty over the future of the tournament after the 2006–07 season as French clubs had announced that they would not take part because of fixture congestion following the Rugby World Cup and an ongoing dispute between English clubs and the RFU.

Leinster won the 2009 Heineken Cup final after beating Leicester Tigers 19-16 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Toulouse defeated Biarritz Olympique 21-19 in the 2010 Heineken Cup final to claim their fourth title, a then Heineken Cup record.

Leinster won back-to-back titles after beating Ulster 42-15 in the 2012 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham, the highest Heineken Cup final winning margin. The the last edition of the tournament known as the Heineken Cup was in 2004, Toulon beating Saracens 23-6 in the final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The European Rugby Champions Cup began on 17 October 2014 and replaced the Heineken Cup. Toulon retained the title after beating Clermont 24-18 in a repeat of the 2013 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham in London, becoming the first club to win three successive European titles.

Saracens won their first European Rugby Champions Cup after a 21-9 win against Racing 92 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, France. Saracens followed up with their second European Rugby Champions Cup in 2017 after, beating Clermont 28-17 at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Leinster produced a fabulous 2017-18 season, beating Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier and Exeter home and away before beating back to back Champions Saracens to reach the semi-finals. Leinster defeated Scarlets and won 15-12 against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup Final at San Mamés in Bilbao. Leinster also won the Pro14 title to become the first Pro14 side to win the double.

Saracens got their revenge in the 2018-19 European Rugby Champions Cup, defeating defending champions Leinster 20-10 in the final at St James' Park in Newcastle. Saracens were found to be in breach of the Premiership salary cap for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons but it didn't affect the results.

2023 European Rugby Champions Cup Teams


The European Rugby Champions Cup consists of 20 clubs from the three major European domestic and regional rugby union leagues. There are 19 clubs that qualify directly by league performance:

  • England - Top 6 clubs in the English Premiership.
  • France - Top 6 clubs in the Top 14.
  • Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales - Top 7 clubs based on performance in the United Rugby Championship.

The 20th spot is awarded to a club following a play-off competition between the best placed unqualified teams and the team that finished last in the previous season.

TeamCountryCoach / DirectorStadiumCapacityHow they Qualified
Bath England Stuart Hooper Recreation Ground 14,500 English Premiership top 6 (6th)
Benetton Italy Kieran Crowley Stadio Comunale di Monigo 6,700 Pro14 Conference B (3rd) (QF)
Clermont France Franck Azéma Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022 Top 14 top 6 (2nd) (RU)
Connacht Ireland Andy Friend Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129 Pro14 Conference A (3rd) (QF)
Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter Sandy Park 12,921 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (RU)
Glasgow Warriors Scotland Dave Rennise Scotstoun Stadium 7,351 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (RU)
Gloucester England David Humphreys Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
Harlequins England Paul Gustard Twickenham Stoop 14,800 English Premiership top 6 (5th)
La Rochelle France Ronan O'Gara Stade Marcel-Deflandre 16,000 Top 14 top 6 (5th) (SF)
Leinster Ireland Leo Cullen RDS Arena 18,500 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (CH)
Lyon France Pierre Mignoni Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000 Top 14 top 6 (3rd) (SF)
Montpellier France Xavier Garbajosa Altrad Stadium 15,697 Top 14 top 6 (6th) (QF)
Munster Ireland Johann van Graan Thomond Park 25,600 Pro14 Conference A (2nd) (SF)
Northampton Saints England Chris Boyd Franklin's Gardens 15,249 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
Ospreys Wales Allen Clarke Liberty Stadium 20,827 Pro14 Conference A (4th) (PO)
Racing 92 France Laurent Labit Paris La Défense Arena 30,681 Top 14 top 6 (4th) (QF)
Sale Sharks England England  AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 European Challenge Cup (SF)
Saracens England Mark McCall Allianz Stadium 8,500 English Premiership top 6 (2nd) (CH)
Toulouse France Ugo Mola Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,500 Top 14 top 6 (1st) (CH)
Ulster Ireland Dan McFarland Ravenhill Stadium 18,196 Pro14 Conference B (2nd) (SF)

European Rugby Champions Cup Results


Get the latest European Rugby Champions Cup results as soon as they happen so you can start your selection process for the next round of games. The European Rugby Champions Cup results include try and point scorers that can be useful for betting markets including first tryscorer and anytime tryscorer. 

European Rugby Champions Cup Winners and Runners-up


Toulose won the first European Rugby Champions Cup when it was known as the Heineken Cup. The French club have won four titles, the same number as Leinster who last lifted the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2018.

SeasonWinnersScoreRunners-UpGround
2021-22 La Rochelle 24-21 Leinster Stade de Marseille
2020-21 Toulouse 22-17 La Rochelle Twickenham
2019-20 Exeter Chiefs 31-27 Racing 92Ashton Gate
2018-19 Saracens 20-10 Leinster St James' Park
2017-18 Leinster 15-12 Racing 92 San Mamés
2016-17 Saracens 28-17 Clermont Murrayfield
2015-16 Saracens 21-9 Racing 92 Parc Olympique Lyonnais
2014-15 Toulon 24-18 Clermont Twickenham
2013-14 Toulon 23-6 Saracens Millennium Stadium
2012-13 Toulon 16-15 Clermont Aviva Stadium
2011-12 Leinster 42-14 Ulster Twickenham
2010-11 Leinster 33-22 Northampton Saints Millennium Stadium
2009-10 Toulouse 21-19 Biarritz Stade de France
2008-09 Leinster 19-16 Leicester Tigers Murrayfield
2007-08 Munster 16-13 Toulouse Millennium Stadium
2006-07 London Wasps 25-9 Leicester Tigers Twickenham
2005-06 Munster 23-19 Biarritz Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2004-05 Toulouse 18-12 Stade Français Murrayfield, Edinburgh
2003-04 London Wasps 27-20 Toulouse Twickenham, London
2002-03 Toulouse 22-17 Perpignan Lansdowne Road
2001-02 Leicester Tigers 15-9 Munster Millennium Stadium
2000-01 Leicester Tigers 34-30 Stade Français Parc des Princes
1999-00 Northampton Saints 9-8 Munster Twickenham
1998-99 Ulster 21-6 Colomiers Lansdowne Road
1997-98 Bath 19-18 Brive Parc Lescure
1996-97 Brive 28-9 Leicester Tigers Cardiff Arms Park
1995-96 Toulouse 21-18 Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park

ClubWonRunner-upYears WinnersYears Runner-up
Toulouse421995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–102003–04, 2007–08
Leinster412008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2017–182018–19
Saracens312015–16, 2016–17, 2018–192013–14
Toulon302012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15n/a
Leicester Tigers232000–01, 2001–021996–97, 2006–07, 2008–09
Munster222005–06, 2007–081999–00, 2001–02
Wasps202003–04, 2006–07n/a
Brive111996–971997–98
Northampton Saints111999–002010–11
Ulster111998–992011–12
Bath101997–98n/a
Clermont03n/a2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17
Biarritz02n/a2005–06, 2009–10
Stade Français02n/a2000–01, 2004–05
Racing 9202n/a2015–16, 2017–18
Cardiff01n/a1995–96
Colomiers01n/a1998–99
Perpignan01n/a2002–03


European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures


All 20 teams play each team in their pool twice home and away. The five pool winners and three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals. We have a full list of all the European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures so you don't miss a match.

The pool stage begins on 15 November 2019 with Gloucester vs Toulouse at Kingsholm Stadium and concludes on 19 January 2019 with Montpellier vs Connacht at Altrad Stadium and Toulouse vs Gloucester at Stade Ernest-Wallon. 

2022-23 European Rugby Champions Cup Final


The 2022-23 European Rugby Champions Cup Final will be held in May 2023 at the Aviva Stadium in Ireland.

European Rugby Champions Cup Betting Odds


Bookmakers bet365 have struggled to split Leinster and Saracens as favourites to win the 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup. Clermont, Toulouse and Exeter Chiefs are all listed at 10.00 and have a chance of winning the tournament.

We have a full list of the European Rugby Champions Cup Betting betting odds where Racing 92 and Munster are an outside chance with Montpellier, Gloucester, La Rochelle, Glasgow, Northampton, Sale Sharks and Ulster all considered roughies. Harlequins, Bath, Lyon, Connacht, Ospreys and Benetton are all priced at over 100.00 which means they are unlikely to threaten the favouritres.
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European Rugby Champions Cup Free Bets


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European Rugby Champions Cup Bet of the Day


The European Rugby Champions Cup Bet of the Day is our best bet which could be match winner, handicap, try scorer or total points.

European Rugby Champions Cup Highlights


Watch all the European Rugby Champions Cup highlights at the European Rugby Champions Cup Youtube Channel.

European Rugby Champions Cup News


The official European Rugby Champions Cup website has all the European Rugby Champions Cup news so you can stay up to date with all the important information including player injuries and suspensions. 


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