Was having a chat with a friend of mine involved in rugby league abroad and he brought up a good point. He thinks the use of the word 'Europe' is misleading as it depicts an all continental conquering league when in fact it involves just three professional leagues (RaboDirect Pro12, Aviva Premiership, Top14). I'd tend to agree with him in terms of Six Nations or ERC competition.
The reason we call it a European Cup, and say Leinster are the best team in Europe is because if good enough teams existed in Europe they'd be let in. If a great rugby franchise existed in North America, we wouldn't let them in.
Indeed in the first H/Cup a Romanian team played, because the Amlin winner gets auto H/Cup quali theoretically within two seasons you could have teams from Romania and Spain enter the H/Cup.
Is the champions league really a european cup if no team from Luxembourg takes part? No of course not.
On a more abstract level you could argue that world 100m champion couldn't truly be decided unless every single person in the world raced in it.
In reality everyone knows the context in which we say "Leinster are the best rugby team in Europe" - your mate from league would be justifiably annoyed if we didn't specify they were the best Union team in Europe. But to say we are misleading people by not first clarifying that there are only really 30-40 teams in Europe is absolute sillyness.
How should we say it "Leinster are the best of the teams in the championship that theoretically incorporates all of Europe, but in reality only a relatively small percentage take part".
Thats like me saying "Renaud Lavillenie is the champion of all the people in the world who have at some point pursued pole vaulting at a competitive level".
"Stephen Hawking is the smartest of the people who were lucky enough to have a very good basic intelligence and a high investment in their education as they were growing up allowing them the freedom to pursue a life in academia"
But all of this is Academic, if I want to say Leinster are the best club rugby team in the world outside of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, just to impress someone who knows nothing about rugby, that's my right.
The truth is the only person who gives a damn who the best club rugby side in Europe is, is someone who knows enough about rugby to accurately understand exactly what that statement means!!