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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
DateNovember 2019 – 23 May 2020
Tournament statistics
Teams20
Final
VenueStade de Marseille, Marseille
← 2018–19 (Previous)
(Next) 2020–21 →

The tournament will begin in November 2019. The final will take place on 23 May 2020 at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

Contents

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


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.[3]

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

The draw took place on 19 June 2019, in Lausanne, Switzerland.[4]

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.[5]

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
  Benetton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Leinster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Lyon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Northampton Saints 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[6]

Pool 2Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Exeter Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Glasgow Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  La Rochelle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Sale Sharks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[7]

Pool 3Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Bath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Clermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Harlequins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Ulster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[8]

Pool 4Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Munster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Ospreys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Racing 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[9]

Pool 5Edit

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
  Connacht 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Gloucester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Montpellier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Toulouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[10]

Ranking of pool leaders and runners-upEdit

Rank Pool leaders Pts Diff TF
1 0 0 0
2 0 0 0
3 0 0 0
4 0 0 0
5 0 0 0
Rank Pool runners–up Pts Diff TF
6 0 0 0
7 0 0 0
8 0 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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. ^ http://archive.ercrugby.com/news/28791.php Archived 2014-10-31 at the Wayback Machine ERCRugby.com. Accessed 8 June 2014
  4. ^ "Saracens drawn in highly-competitive Heineken Champions Cup pool". EPCR. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Champions Cup Rules". epcrugby.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  6. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2019.