In 2002/3 and 2003/4 the European Shield took place as a reprechage tournament for teams knocked out in the first round of the European Challenge Cup. The name European Shield had previously been used for the now renamed European Challenge Cup.
In 2004/5 the twelve teams who failed to progress from the qualifying round of the European Challenge Cup were joined in the draw for the European Shield by Bucuresti (Romania), UCM Madrid (Spain), Bera Bera (Spain) and Lisboa Rugby Club (Portugal).
Due to restructuring of the European Challenge Cup for the 2005/06 season the European Shield tournament is no longer active.
Previous Winners of the European Shield
2003 Castres Olympique 40-12 Caerphilly (known as Parker Pen Shield)
2004 Montpellier 25-19 Arix Viadana (known as Parker Pen Shield)
2005 FC Auch 23-10 Worcester Rugby (known as Parker Pen Shield)