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Monday 15 October 2018

Stage set for team Europe

 

EURO STARS: Luke McGrath and Jack McGrath with the Champions Cup after Leinster’s win in Bilbao in May. Pic: Sportsfile.
EURO STARS: Luke McGrath and Jack McGrath with the Champions Cup after Leinster’s win in Bilbao in May. Pic: Sportsfile.

The PRO14 arm of the Heineken Champions Cup will be launched this morning in The Aviva Stadium.

Champions Leinster will lead the way as the League's most obvious chance to keep the trophy out of the hands of the English Premiership and the French Top-14.

The suitors to succeed the four-time winners are many and powerfully stocked with world-class talent as the best club rugby competition in the world swings into focus in less than three weeks. The beauty of the European Cup is the number of compelling cases that can be made for clubs from each league.

There are seven clubs that have won the tournament more than once, with Leinster and Toulouse - drawn in the same group - leading the way on four.

Toulon's three-in-a-row marks them out as the only competitor on three titles; with Saracens, Munster, Wasps and Leicester Tigers on two apiece.

Then Ulster and Bath complete the collection of nine clubs which have tasted glory at this level. This season, the final will take place at St James Park, the home of Newcastle United.

It is anyone's guess as to which two teams will make it all the way to the decider on May 11.

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