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Saracens’ Mark McCall admits trophies tarnished ‘in lots of people’s eyes’

• Club were hit by 35-point deduction for breaching rules• McCall believes relationships at Saracens under threatSaracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists not everything is black and white regarding the club’s breach of salary cap rules and insist…

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Leinster v Saracens will be a brutal final battle for European greatness | Robert Kitson

An irresistible force faces an immovable object and the winner will be Europe’s most remarkable champions, bar noneWidespread agreement is rare in rugby but this week is an exception. The two best, most consistent teams in Europe are contesting this ye…

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Adam Thompstone salvages losing bonus point for Leicester at Racing 92

• Racing 92 36-26 Leicester• Hosts score four tries in defeatLeicester kept their slim Heineken Champions Cup hopes alive by securing a four-try bonus point in a thrilling 36-26 defeat to Racing 92 in Paris. Related: Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback t…

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Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback to defeat Cardiff and extend unbeaten run

• Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues• Premiership champions extend unbeaten run after early scareBen Earl came off the bench to inspire a second-half turnaround as Saracens survived a scare from Cardiff Blues to record an emphatic 51-25 bonus-point victory i…

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Cardiff’s Nick Williams: ‘Going on this long must be to do with my genes’

In an age of early retirements the 35-year-old Blues No 8 has already outlasted most modern players, and he isn’t finished yetNick Williams turned 35 last Sunday. As he drew breath to extinguish the candles on his cake, the Cardiff Blues No 8 marvelled…

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England’s finest seek Champions Cup atonement at feet of Leinster | Paul Rees

Wasps have the first shot at the imposing holders in Dublin on Friday but Saracens look ready to wrest back the trophyThe pressing question in European rugby union as the Champions Cup starts is how do you stop Leinster winning it for a record fifth ti…

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Which European club rugby final was the greatest of them all? | Robert Kitson

Of the previous 20 European club rugby showpieces, the battle for the best comes down to too matches – a sun-dappled stroll in 2001 and a Lazarus-like comeback in 2011. That’s my choice, but what’s yours?

This weekend’s 21st European club rugby final is something of a collector’s item. For a tournament that was set up to promote the game across Europe it is odd to say the very least that 17 of the previous 20 elite finals have taken place either in Britain or Ireland. For French sides to have collected eight titles despite that glaring imbalance is no mean achievement.

Admittedly the French rugby federation did withdraw their application to host the 2014 final because of uncertainty over the availability of the Stade de France, prompting the final Heineken Cup final to be switched to Cardiff, but otherwise the annual showpiece has been staged on mainland European soil about as regularly as it snows in Nice. There have been just two finals in Paris and one in Bordeaux since the competition’s inception in 1995-96.

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After 20 years of European rugby union, who would make the best XV?

From the days of Wasps and Leicester dominance, to the triumphs of Munster and Leinster, which players make the cut as the ultimate Euro XV?
• European Champions Cup preview: Clermont Auvergne v Toulon
• French dominance will not continue, says Clermont’s James

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, inevitably, there will be those pining for the good old days when Munster, Leinster, Wasps, Leicester or Toulouse were the continent’s undisputed kings. Even if Toulon become the first side to win three successive titles, not everyone will hail them as the best of all time.

So, as a Twickenham aperitif, let’s try and broaden that argument by choosing the best XV to have graced the tournament in the past 20 seasons. The criteria are simple: an individual must have made a significant tournament impact and featured in at least one European Cup final. Already that excludes some fine Test Lions – Jason Robinson, Stephen Jones, Jamie Roberts, Alun Wyn Jones – but rules is rules.

Related: Brock James: French teams will not continue to dominate European Cup

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Champions Cup refreshes the parts the old Heineken could not reach

The European competition reaches its final round of games with only one of the eight quarter-finalists already determined Continue reading…

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European Champions Cup to announce official sponsors this week

New European competition will name up to five sponsors Former England centre Simon Halliday linked to EPCR role Continue reading…

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Twickenham to host inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup final

New tournament replaces Heineken Cup this season Twickenham will guarantee best financial return to clubs Continue reading…

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Jonny Wilkinson: ‘To be part of something like this, it’s a dream’ video

Jonny Wilkinson pays tribute to Toulon as they celebrate their double win in Europe and France. Hundreds of fans gathered to celebrate Toulon’s win in both the Heineken Cup and the French championship. Toulon beat Castres in the French championship fin…

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Saracens resolve to bounce back in Premiership final against Northampton

Heineken Cup runners-up turn attention to Twickenham final Billy Vunipola admits errors during Cardiff defeat by Toulon Continue reading…

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Jonny Wilkinson bows out victorious but Toulon have it all to march on

The French club crush Saracens to retain the Heineken Cup with a galaxy of international caps and no financial cap Continue reading…

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Wasps consign nightmare period to history to rejoin Europes 20 elite

Stade Français 6-20 Wasps; Wasps win 50-35 on aggregate
Pascal Papé claimed the visitors had greater desire to win Continue reading…

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Heineken Cup 1995-2014: Five things that made the tournament great

The worlds finest rugby tournament made professionalism permanent, promoted outposts and provides enduring memories Continue reading…

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Jonny Wilkinson hails Toulon’s Heineken Cup win – video

Retiring Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson says his side’s 23-6 Heineken Cup win over Saracens was “phoenomenal”. The former England pivot signed off on his rugby career on Saturday with 13 points as the French club picked up its second European champion…

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Toulon breathe deep to triumph in suffocating Heineken Cup final

Creativity stifled after appetite for the physical infects Toulon and Saracens in European competitions Cardiff swan song Continue reading…

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Jonny Wilkinson: I cannot say how proud I am to be a part of this

Veteran praises Toulon team after Heineken Cup final win No10 could end career with league title against Castres Continue reading…

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Jonny Wilkinson delivers perfect, poetic finale at Heineken Cup final

The Millennium Stadium crowd were treated to a display full of trademark prompting and kicking from Jonny Wilkinson in his final match on UK soil Continue reading…