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2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup

The 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup (known as the Heineken Champions Cup for sponsorship reasons)[1] is the sixth season of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the annual club rugby union competition run by European Professional Club Rugby (ECPR) for teams from the top six nations in European rugby. It will be the 25th season of pan-European professional club rugby competition.

2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
Date15 November 2019 – 23 May 2020
Tournament statistics
Teams20
Matches played40
Attendance520,987 (13,025 per match)
Highest Attendance42,041 - Leinster v Northampton Saints
14 December 2019
Lowest Attendance3,114 - Bennetton v Lyon
14 December 2019
Tries scored218 (5.45 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Wales Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)
57 points
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
6 tries each
Final
VenueStade de Marseille, Marseille
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The tournament began on 15 November 2019. The final will take place on 23 May 2020 at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

TeamsEdit

Twenty clubs from the three major European domestic and regional leagues compete in the Champions Cup. Nineteen of these qualify directly as a result of their league performance. The final place is awarded in the following order:[2]

  1. 2018–19 Champions Cup winner, if not already qualified. Saracens have qualified through their league position.
  2. 2018–19 Challenge Cup winner, if not already qualified. Clermont have qualified through their league position.
  3. 2018–19 Challenge Cup losing finalist, if not already qualified. La Rochelle have qualified through their league position.
  4. 2018–19 Challenge Cup losing semi-finalist if not already qualified, or the winner of a play-off between both losing semi-finalists if neither have already qualified. As Harlequins have qualified through their league position, Sale Sharks took this place.
  5. Highest ranked non-qualified club by virtue of league position from the same league as the 2018–19 Champions Cup winner. This step will not be needed, as a team will have qualified via one of the previous steps.

The distribution of teams is:

  • England: seven clubs
    • The top six clubs in the English Premiership
    • Sale Sharks also qualified as Challenge Cup losing semi-finalists because Saracens, Clermont, La Rochelle, and Harlequins all qualified through their league positions
  • France: six clubs
    • The top six clubs in the Top 14
  • Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales: seven clubs
    • The top three sides (not including the South African sides, which are ineligible for European competition) in both conferences in the Pro14
    • The next best-placed eligible team in each conference will compete in a one-off play-off game to determine the 7th Pro14 team.

To date, the following teams have qualified for the tournament.

Gallagher Premiership Top 14 Guinness Pro14
  England   France   Ireland   Italy   Scotland   Wales

Team detailsEdit

Below is the list of coaches, captain and stadiums with their method of qualification for each team.

Note: Placing shown in brackets, denotes standing at the end of the regular season for their respective leagues, with their end of season positioning shown through CH for Champions, RU for Runner-up, SF for losing Semi-finalist, QF for losing Quarter-finalist, and PO for the Pro14 7th place play-off winner.

Team Coach /
Director of Rugby
Captain Stadium Capacity Method of qualification
  Bath   Stuart Hooper   Matt Garvey Recreation Ground 14,500 English Premiership top 6 (6th)
  Benetton   Kieran Crowley   Dean Budd Stadio Comunale di Monigo 6,700 Pro14 Conference B (3rd) (QF)
  Clermont   Franck Azéma   Damien Chouly Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022 Top 14 top 6 (2nd) (RU)
  Connacht   Andy Friend   Jarrad Butler Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129 Pro14 Conference A (3rd) (QF)
  Exeter Chiefs   Rob Baxter   Jack Yeandle Sandy Park 13,500[a] English Premiership top 6 (4th) (RU)
  Glasgow Warriors   Dave Rennie   Ryan Wilson
  Callum Gibbins
Scotstoun Stadium 7,351 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (RU)
  Gloucester   David Humphreys   Willi Heinz Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
  Harlequins   Paul Gustard   Chris Robshaw Twickenham Stoop 14,800 English Premiership top 6 (5th)
  La Rochelle   Ronan O'Gara Stade Marcel-Deflandre 16,000 Top 14 top 6 (5th) (SF)
  Leinster   Leo Cullen   Jonathan Sexton RDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
18,500
51,700
Pro14 Conference A (1st) (CH)
  Lyon   Pierre Mignoni Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000 Top 14 top 6 (3rd) (SF)
  Montpellier   Xavier Garbajosa   Fulgence Ouedraogo Altrad Stadium 15,697 Top 14 top 6 (6th) (QF)
  Munster   Johann van Graan   Peter O'Mahony Thomond Park 25,600 Pro14 Conference A (2nd) (SF)
  Northampton Saints   Chris Boyd   Teimana Harrison
  Alex Waller
Franklin's Gardens 15,249 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
  Ospreys   Allen Clarke   Justin Tipuric Liberty Stadium 20,827 Pro14 Conference A (4th) (PO)
  Racing 92   Laurent Labit
  Laurent Travers
  Dimitri Szarzewski Paris La Défense Arena 30,681 Top 14 top 6 (4th) (QF)
  Sale Sharks   Steve Diamond   Jono Ross AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 European Challenge Cup (SF)
  Saracens   Mark McCall   Brad Barritt Allianz Stadium 8,500 English Premiership top 6 (2nd) (CH)
  Toulouse   Ugo Mola
  Régis Sonnes
  Julien Marchand Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,500 Top 14 top 6 (1st) (CH)
  Ulster   Dan McFarland   Iain Henderson Ravenhill Stadium 18,196 Pro14 Conference B (2nd) (SF)

SeedingEdit

The twenty competing teams are seeded and split into four tiers, each containing five teams.

For the purpose of creating the tiers, clubs are ranked based on their domestic league performances and on their qualification for the knockout phases of their championships, so a losing quarter-finalist in the Top 14 would be seeded below a losing semi-finalist, even if they finished above them in the regular season.[4]

Rank Top 14 Premiership Pro14
1   Toulouse   Saracens   Leinster
2   Clermont   Exeter Chiefs   Glasgow Warriors
3   Lyon   Gloucester   Munster
4   La Rochelle   Northampton Saints   Ulster
5   Racing   Harlequins   Connacht
6   Montpellier   Bath   Benetton
7   Sale Sharks   Ospreys

Based on these seedings, teams are placed into one of the four tiers, with the top-seeded clubs being put in Tier 1. The nature of the tier system means that a draw is needed to allocate two of the three second-seed clubs to Tier 1. The fourth-seed team from the same domestic league as the second-seed team which was put in Tier 2 will also be placed in Tier 2. Brackets show each team's seeding and their league. e.g. 1 Top 14 indicates the team was the top seed from the Top 14.

Tier 1   Saracens (1 Prem)   Leinster (1 Pro14)   Toulouse (1 Top 14)   Exeter Chiefs (2 Prem)   Clermont (2 Top 14)
Tier 2   Glasgow Warriors (2 Pro14)   Gloucester (3 Prem)   Munster (3 Pro14)   Lyon (3 Top 14)   Ulster (4 Pro14)
Tier 3   Northampton Saints (4 Prem)   La Rochelle (4 Top 14)   Harlequins (5 Prem)   Connacht (5 Pro14)   Racing (5 Top 14)
Tier 4   Bath (6 Prem)   Benetton (6 Pro14)   Montpellier (6 Top 14)   Ospreys (7 Pro14)   Sale Sharks (CC)

The following restrictions will apply to the draw:

  • Each pool will consist of four clubs, one from each Tier in the draw.
  • Each pool must have one from each league drawn from Tier 1, 2, or 3. No pool will have a second team from the same league until the allocation of Tier 4 takes place.
  • Where two Pro14 clubs compete in the same pool, they must be from different countries.

Pool stageEdit

[[File:|1300px|alt=Locations of teams of the 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup group stage.
  Green: Pool 1;   Red: Pool 2;   Orange: Pool 3;   Yellow: Pool 4;   Blue: Pool 5.]]
Locations of teams of the 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup group stage.
  Green: Pool 1;   Red: Pool 2;   Orange: Pool 3;   Yellow: Pool 4;   Blue: Pool 5.

The draw took place on 19 June 2019, in Lausanne, Switzerland.[5]

Teams in the same pool play each other twice, at home and away, in the group stage that begins on the weekend of 15–17 November 2019, and continues through to 17–19 January 2020. The five pool winners and three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals.

Teams are awarded group points based on match performances. Four points are awarded for a win, two points for a draw, one attacking bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match and one defensive bonus point for losing a match by seven points or fewer.[6]

In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the following tie-breakers are used, as directed by EPCR:

  1. Where teams have played each other
    1. The club with the greater number of competition points from only matches involving tied teams.
    2. If equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches.
    3. If equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches.
  2. Where teams remain tied and/or have not played each other in the competition (i.e. are from different pools)
    1. The club with the best aggregate points difference from the pool stage.
    2. If equal, the club that scored the most tries in the pool stage.
    3. If equal, the club with the fewest players suspended in the pool stage.
    4. If equal, the drawing of lots will determine a club's ranking.
Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advance to quarter-finals.
     Three second-place teams with the highest number of points advance to quarter-finals.

Pool 1Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Leinster (Q) 4 4 0 0 139 62 77 20 7 3 0 19
  Northampton Saints 4 2 0 2 97 139 -42 9 20 1 0 9
  Lyon 4 1 0 3 70 63 7 9 5 1 2 7
  Benetton 4 1 0 3 76 118 -42 10 16 1 1 6

[7]

Pool 2Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Exeter Chiefs 4 4 0 0 122 60 62 16 8 3 0 19
  Glasgow Warriors 4 2 0 2 65 77 -12 7 8 0 1 9
  Sale Sharks 4 1 0 3 62 85 -23 8 11 0 2 6
  La Rochelle 4 1 0 3 63 90 -27 6 11 0 1 5

[8]

Pool 3Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Ulster 4 4 0 0 94 63 31 12 6 1 0 17
  Clermont 4 3 0 1 152 82 70 20 11 3 1 16
  Harlequins 4 1 0 3 70 121 -51 7 15 0 1 5
  Bath 4 0 0 4 68 118 -50 7 14 1 2 3

[9]

Pool 4Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Racing 92 4 3 1 0 131 77 54 19 11 3 0 17
  Munster 4 2 1 1 69 52 17 7 6 1 0 11
  Saracens 4 2 0 2 72 49 23 9 5 1 1 10
  Ospreys 4 0 0 4 62 156 -94 9 22 1 0 1

[10]

Pool 5Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Toulouse 4 4 0 0 106 64 42 11 5 2 0 18
  Gloucester 4 1 0 3 97 99 -2 13 9 2 3 9
  Connacht 4 2 0 2 84 102 -18 10 14 0 0 8
  Montpellier 4 1 0 3 77 99 -22 7 12 0 1 5

[11]

Ranking of pool leaders and runners-upEdit

Rank Pool leaders Pts Diff TF
1   Leinster (Q) 19 77 20
2   Exeter Chiefs 19 62 16
3   Toulouse 18 42 11
4   Racing 92 17 54 19
5   Ulster 17 31 12
Rank Pool runners–up Pts Diff TF
6   Clermont 16 70 20
7   Munster 11 26 7
8   Gloucester 9 -2 13
9   Glasgow Warriors 9 -12 7
10   Northampton Saints 9 -42 9

AttendancesEdit

  • Does not include the attendance at the final as it takes place at a neutral venue.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
  Bath 2 24,989 12,495 13,289 11,700 86%
  Benetton 2 6,959 3,480 3,845 3,114 52%
  Clermont 2 34,033 17,017 17,701 16,332 89%
  Connacht 2 13,016 6,508 6,787 6,229 80%
  Exeter Chiefs 2 20,762 10,381 10,545 10,217 79%
  Glasgow Warriors 2 14,152 7,076 7,351 6,801 96%
  Gloucester 2 22,534 11,267 11,659 10,875 70%
  Harlequins 2 27,013 13,507 13,808 13,205 91%
  La Rochelle 2 31,678 15,839 16,000 15,678 99%
  Leinster 2 57,121 28,561 42,041 15,080 81%
  Lyon 2 28,963 14,482 15,517 13,446 58%
  Montpellier 2 21,668 10,834 11,366 10,302 69%
  Munster 2 50,634 25,317 25,600 25,034 99%
  Northampton Saints 2 26,338 13,169 13,735 12,603 86%
  Ospreys 2 12,782 6,391 7,295 5,487 31%
  Racing 92 2 30,388 15,194 20,275 10,113 50%
  Sale Sharks 2 17,177 8,589 11,090 6,087 72%
  Saracens 2 16,031 8,016 8,500 7,531 94%
  Toulouse 2 31,360 15,680 16,260 15,100 80%
  Ulster 2 33,389 16,695 17,923 15,466 92%

[12]

Player scoringEdit

  • Appearance figures also include coming on as substitutes (unused substitutes not included).

Season recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sandy Park's capacity increased from 12,921 to approximately 13,500 from December 2019 onward.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Heineken® Returns as Headline Sponsor of European Rugby Champions Cup". Heineken. 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2019-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Premiership champions confirm stadium expansion". Ruck. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ http://archive.ercrugby.com/news/28791.php Archived 2014-10-31 at the Wayback Machine ERCRugby.com. Accessed 8 June 2014
  5. ^ "Saracens drawn in highly-competitive Heineken Champions Cup pool". EPCR. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Champions Cup Rules". epcrugby.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  7. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  12. ^ a b "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Player Statistics". EPCR. 15 December 2019.
  14. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most points in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  15. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most tries in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  16. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most conversions in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  17. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most penalties in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  18. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most drop goals in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  19. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most points in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  20. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  21. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most conversions in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  22. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most penalties in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.
  23. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 December 2019.