27 May 00
There were six pools of four for the first time and clubs from four different nations - England, Ireland, France and Wales - made it through to the semi-finals also for the first time. Munster's sensational defeat of Toulouse in Bordeaux ended France's record of having contested every final.
It was the launch of Munster's love-affair with the tournament as they reached the first of their four finals to date. More than 68,000 tickets were sold in only three weeks for their Twickenham Stadium shoot-out with Northampton Saints. The Saints became the third English club to reach the final after their dramatic 31-28 semi-final victory over Llanelli.
Even though David Wallace became the first forward to score a try in the Heineken Cup final, it was the boot of Paul Grayson that propelled NORTHAMPTON SAINTS to a 9-8 triumph.