One of Europe's greatest sporting weekends is underway as a packed house at the BT Sports Cardiff Arms Park witnessed Northampton Saints defeat Bath Rugby 30-16 in a gripping and historic Amlin Challenge Cup final at the home of the Blues.
Fans from all over Europe have been flocking to the Welsh capital to savour a unique celebration of club rugby.
And that kicked off with an all-English Amlin Challenge Cup confrontation featuring Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints.
The game was a first major rugby final on an artificial pitch and saw Saints clinch a third European title at the Arms Park.
A galaxy of international stars will now take centre stage at the atmospheric Millennium Stadium for Saturday's Heineken Cup decider between RC Toulon and Saracens.
Both matches - which feature players from as many as 15 nations including luminaries of the global game - will be broadcast in more than 150 countries as the world watches the home of the Blues and the Millennium Stadium shine in the global spotlight.
Season Ticket holders at Cardiff Blues are reminded that they gain FREE entry to the British & Irish Cup pool fixtures this season - starting with Saturday's home fixture against Nottingham Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 2.30pm).
Teenage Cancer Trust will be collecting for valuable funds at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday afternoon ahead of our British & Irish Cup fixture with Nottingham Rugby (kick-off 2.30pm). Ahead of the game, we take a closer look at the charity and discover how they are making a difference...
Cardiff Blues suffered a first defeat of the season in the European Rugby Challenge Cup as a second half burst of tries from Harlequins saw the English side claim victory at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.