Toulouse’s head coach Guy Noves, who is now in his 21st successive season in charge of the club. During this time they have won four Heineken Cups, more than any other side. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

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Liam Toland charges at the Northampton defence during the European Cup clash in October 2000. Leinster registered a 14-8 win over the then reigning Heineken Cup holders at Franklin’s Gardens.  Photo: Tom Honan/Inpho

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Lions supporters cheer during the first Test. The atmosphere throughout the game was like a carnival . Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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Clermont captain Aurelien Rougerie (left) and Toulon skipper Jonny Wilkinson run out past the trophy for Saturday’s Heineken Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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