The longest European rugby campaign on record closed with one of the best finals ever, so here we reflect on the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup season in numbers.

4 – Rob Baxter is the fourth English director of rugby/head coach to win the tournament after Andy Robinson (Bath Rugby, 1998), John Steele (Northampton Saints, 2000) and Dean Richards (Leicester Tigers, 2001 and 2002).

  • Racing 92’s Simon Zebo became the fourth player to score two tries in a European Cup final, emulating Sébastien Carrat (Brive v Leicester, 1997), Leon Lloyd (Leicester v Stade Français Paris, 2001) and Johnny Sexton (Leinster Rugby v Northampton Saints, 2011).
  • Racing’s Wenceslas Lauret has now started four Heineken Champions Cup finals and ending up on the losing side on each occasion – for Biarritz Olympique in 2010, and then for Racing in 2016, 2018 and last Saturday.

6 – Exeter Chiefs are the sixth Gallagher Premiership club to lift the trophy joining Bath (1998), Northampton Saints (2000), Leicester (2001, 2002), Wasps (2004, 2007) and Saracens (2016, 2017, 2019) on the English roll of honour.

8 – Exeter’s Sam Simmonds was the tournament’s top try-scorer and his total was a record for a forward in a single season.

  • He and brother Joe were the eighth set of brothers to win the title, following Delon and Stefon Armitage (RC Toulon), Philippe and Olivier Carbonneau (Toulouse/Brive), Jan and Bryn Cunningham (Ulster Rugby), Denis and John Fogarty (Munster Rugby/Leinster), Rob and Dave Kearney (Leinster), Martin and Will Johnson (Leicester), and Billy and Mako Vunipola (Saracens).
  • The total of eight tries scored last Saturday (four apiece) is a record for a Heineken Champions Cup final, eclipsing the six scored by Leinster and Northampton in 2011, and by Leinster and Ulster in 2012.

10 – Players from 10 different countries (Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales) featured in the final.

  • Bristol is now the 10th city after Cardiff, Bordeaux, Dublin, London, Paris, Edinburgh, Lyon, Bilbao and Newcastle to have staged a European Cup final.

11 – Toulouse’s Julien Marchand won the most turnovers in 2019/20 in his eight matches.

12 – Exeter are the 12th club to have their name engraved on the trophy in the 25-year history of the tournament.

17 – Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune recorded the most offloads in his eight outings.

19 – Racing’s Juan Imhoff notched the most clean breaks in his nine games.

38 – Exeter were the campaign’s leading try-scorers.

53 – Racing’s Virimi Vakatawa beat the most defenders in his nine appearances.

95 – Exeter’s Joe Simmonds – the youngest captain in the tournament’s history to lift the trophy at 23 years, nine months and 17 days – finished the season as the top scorer, with his tally made up of two tries, seven penalties and 32 conversions in nine appearances. His goalkicking success rate of 95% was also the best of the campaign.

120 – Munster’s CJ Stander made the most carries in 2019/20 in only six matches.

134 – Exeter’s Dave Ewers was the tournament’s top tackler in his nine games.

283 – Exeter finished the season as the highest points-scorers.

651 – Toulouse’s Thomas Ramos ran the most metres in 2019/20 in eight appearances.