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Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Team of the Tournament

Ball in Touch: Our rugby columnist, Jeff Ball, takes a look back at who has impressed in this season’s Heineken Cup and picks his best Xv of the year

Can you feel it? It’s coming, that inevitable period of boredom that is the off-season. While our favourite players sun themselves or are beasted by their fitness coaches during pre-season, the humble rugby fan is left to scavenge the back pages of the local rag for a smidgen of rugby news, normally without success.

With only the Premiership and Championship Finals still to come, the domestic season is all but finished. Even the overseas tours of the home nations is only delaying the inevitable. That leaves us with two options. Look forward, or look backward.

Given it is still May and squads and fixtures are still being decided, it seems apt today to look back. And, given that the

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