This tournament is the sister competition to the Heineken Cup, contested by teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Romania (and on some occasions, Spain and Portugal). The Cup begins in a format of five pools, with the winners moving on to knock-out phase, joined by three clubs that parachute in from the pool stage of the Heineken Cup, with the European Challenge Cup winner receiving an automatic berth in the following season’s top-tier tournament.
In an all French final, Biarritz claimed their first Challenge Cup, defeating Toulon 21-18 at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.
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