European Rugby Champions Cup logo 2018-19
October 12, 2018-May 11, 2019 -- The new European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup season kicks off, with 20 elite teams from England’s Aviva Premiership, France’s Top14 and the Pro12 -- contested by Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy -- competing to be crowned European champions. The final will be held at St James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on May 11, 2019.
Reigning champions Leinster face fellow four-time winners Toulouse, Wasps, and Bath in the pool stages, while 2018 finalists Racing 92 take on Scarlets, Leicester Tigers and Ulster.
In June 2018 European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced the return of Heineken as title sponsor of its top tier club tournament in a new four year deal starting from the 2018-19 season. The tournament will be re-named the Heineken Champions Cup.
It marks a return for the premium Dutch beer brand as headline sponsor after a four-year period of absence when the competition went without a top tier partner following its relaunch. The European Champions Cup succeeded the Heineken Cup tournament which ran from 1995 to 2014.
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