Toulouse won the inaugural Heineken Cup with their 21- 18 extra time win over Cardiff RFC at Cardiff Arms Park on this day in rugby history in 1996. Christophe Deylaud kicked the winning penalty in the final seconds of the period.
The visitors jumped out to the early lead with two tries in the opening ten minutes but it was the kicking of Cardiff’s Adrian Davies that kept the game close. The Wales international kicked six penalties during the match.
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Unlike today’s Heineken Cup competition, the first edition only included teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales and a one time appearance from a Romanian side, Farul Constanţa. English and Scottish teams were not allowed to play by their respected national unions.
The tournament was a huge success and by the following year teams from England and Scotland joined the fray and the tournament has become the most competitive rugby club competition in the world.
1939 - Tom Kiernan, Ireland rugby union player