The Newport Gwent Dragons became the first Welsh region to take part in the European Challenge Cup after qualifying through a play-off with the bottom team in the Celtic League. They duly won Pool 1, although eventual finalists Bath and ASM Clermont Auvergne were the strongest sides in the Pool stages, winning all six matches.
Glasgow Warriors became the first Scottish side to reach the knock-out stages of a European competition after they qualified as runners-up to Clermont in their Pool. They were beaten 23-19 at Saracens in the last eight, while Brive, Bristol and Newcastle Falcons all fell at the same stage.
There were 11 tries in a 75 point thriller before Clermont became the first club to reach three finals with a 46-29 home win over the Dragons, while Olly Barkley's boot was the matchwinner for Bath in their 31-30 triumph at Saracens as he kicked 11 points, converting all four tries.
Clermont ended six seasons of English dominance as they ran in three tries in a 22-16 win in the final over Bath at The Twickenham Stoop.