Ireland
The 4 Provinces, 1995-2013
By Gary Watton
April 24 2013

Having already compiled a mammoth list of all the matches and final tables in the Inter-Provincial tournament dating back to the 1969-1970 season, I am now recording the fluctuating fortunes of all four Irish provinces in the European Cup and the Celtic League during the modern, professional era.

1995-6

Connachtno European fixtures in this year for Connacht 

Leinster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup

Munster: won 1 and lost 1 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: lost both pool matches in the Heineken Cup

1996-7

Connacht: won 2 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup

Leinster: won 1 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Munster: won 2 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: won 1 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heinken Cup

1997-8

Connacht: beaten quarter-finalists in the European Challenge Cup

Leinster: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Munster: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: won 1 and lost 5 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

1998-9

Connacht: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup

Leinster: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Munster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup

1999-2000

Connacht: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup

Leinster: won 4 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Munster: runners-up in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: lost all 6 pool matches in the Heineken Cup

2000-1

Connacht: won 1 and lost 5 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup

Leinster: won 3, drew 1, and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup

Ulster: won 1, drew 1, and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup

2001-2

Connacht: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup; beaten quarter-finalists in the Celtic League

Leinster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Celtic League

Munster: runners-up in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Celtic League

Ulster: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; beaten semi-finalists in the Celtic League

2002-3

Connacht: beaten quarter-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; beaten quarter-finalists in the Celtic League

Leinster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 5th in Pool B of the Celtic League

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Celtic League

Ulster: won 4 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; beaten semi-finalists in the Celtic League

2003-4

Connacht: beaten semi-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; 9th in the Celtic League

Leinster: won 4 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in the Celtic League

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 7th in the Celtic League

Ulster: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Celtic League

2004-5

Connacht: beaten semi-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Celtic League

Leinster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 3rd in the Celtic League

Munster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Celtic League

Ulster: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in the Celtic League

2005-6

Connacht: beaten quarter-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Celtic League

Leinster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Celtic League

Munster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup; 3rd in the Celtic League

Ulster: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Celtic League

2006-7

Connacht: won 1 and lost 5 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Magners League

Leinster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 3rd in the Magners League

Munster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 6th in the Magners League

Ulster: won 2 and lost 4 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 5th in the Magners League

2007-8

Connacht: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Magners League

Leinster: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Magners League

Munster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup; 3rd in the Magners League

Ulster: won 1 and lost 5 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 9th in the Magners League

2008-9

Connacht: beaten quarter-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Magners League

Leinster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup; 3rd in the Magners League

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Magners League

Ulster: won 2, drew 1, and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in the Magners League

2009-10

Connacht: beaten semi-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; 10th in the Magners League

Leinster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Magners League

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; play-off losers in the Magners League

Ulster: won 4 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in the Magners League

2010-11

Connacht: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the European Challenge Cup; 9th in the Magners League

Leinster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Magners League

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the European Challenge Cup; WINNERS of the Magners League

Ulster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; play-off losers in the Magners League

2011-12

Connacht: won 1 and lost 5 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in the Pro12

Leinster: WINNERS of the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Pro12

Munster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; play-off losers in the Pro12

Ulster: runners-up in the Heineken Cup; 6th in the Pro12

2012-13

Connacht: won 3 and lost 3 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; 8th in Pro12

Leinster: won 4 and lost 2 of their pool matches in the Heineken Cup; WINNERS of the Pro12

Munster: beaten semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup; 6th in Pro12

Ulster: beaten quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup; runners-up in the Pro12