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Heineken Cup: Dublin to stage 2013 final

By Niall Crozier

The Aviva Stadium will host the 2013 Heineken Cup final.



It will be the first time in 10 years that Dublin has staged European club rugby’s premier tournament showpiece.

The Heineken Cup final was last held in Dublin in 2003 when Toulouse beat Perpignan 22-17 at the old Lansdowne Road venue.

Announcing the decision ERC Chief Executive Derek McGrath said: “The Aviva Stadium is a world-class venue which has quickly established a close affinity with the Heineken Cup having staged three matches last season, including two magnificent knock-out games.

“The Heineken Cup final has become one of the most prestigious sporting fixtures in the European calendar and it now requires long-range planning in order to deliver the spectacle we enjoyed in Cardiff just over a fortnight ago.”

He added: “Last year we confirmed the final venues for the following two seasons, and today’s announcement allows ERC to prepare the way for Dublin in 2013 while we continue to work with Twickenham Stadium on next season’s final in May 2012.”

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: “It is estimated that rugby contributes over €200m to the Irish economy, and the recent Ireland-England Six Nations game generated just over €51m to the Dublin economy. And the prestige and exposure for the game are just as powerful.”

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