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by Aidan Elder |  Published: Oct 01, 2009


by Aodhan Elder Heineken Cup For a country with such an inherent passion for rugby, the lack of a single edition of Europe’s premier club competition must be difficult to stomach for Wales. Since the Heineken Cup’s first incarnation in 1995, just one Welsh side has got as far as contesting the final. Although the starkness of that statistic must be qualified with the fact that Welsh rugby struggled to put together a provincial structure to compete with the professional set ups of England, France, and Ireland in the early years, recent seasons haven’t yielded the rewards at club level that the talents of the national side would suggest are attainable. It’s folly to think that Wales are “due” a Heineken Cup, but with obvious aptitude at their disposal, it is a matter of when rather than if. Last season Cardiff Blues lost out on an appearance in the final ...

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