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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 played60
Attendance779,079 (12,985 per match)
Highest Attendance42,041 - Leinster v Northampton Saints
14 December 2019
Lowest Attendance3,114 - Bennetton v Lyon
14 December 2019
Tries scored333 (5.55 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ireland John Cooney
71 points
Top try scorer(s)France Teddy Thomas (Racing 92)
England Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Ireland Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
6 tries each
Final
VenueStade de Marseille, Marseille
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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.

The tournament began on 15 November 2019. The final will take place at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

Teams

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 England France France Ireland Ireland Italy Italy Scotland Scotland Wales Wales

Team details

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
England Bath England Stuart Hooper England Matt Garvey Recreation Ground 14,509 English Premiership top 6 (6th)
Italy Benetton New Zealand Kieran Crowley Italy Dean Budd Stadio Comunale di Monigo 6,700 Pro14 Conference B (3rd) (QF)
France Clermont France Franck Azéma France Morgan Parra Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022 Top 14 top 6 (2nd) (RU)
Ireland Connacht Australia Andy Friend Australia Jarrad Butler Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129 Pro14 Conference A (3rd) (QF)
England Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter England Jack Yeandle Sandy Park 13,593[a] English Premiership top 6 (1st) (RU)
Scotland Glasgow Warriors New Zealand Dave Rennie Scotland Ryan Wilson
New Zealand Callum Gibbins
Scotstoun Stadium 7,351 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (RU)
England Gloucester Ireland David Humphreys England Willi Heinz Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
England Harlequins England Paul Gustard England Chris Robshaw Twickenham Stoop 14,800 English Premiership top 6 (5th)
France La Rochelle Ireland Ronan O'Gara New Zealand Victor Vito Stade Marcel-Deflandre 16,000 Top 14 top 6 (5th) (SF)
Ireland Leinster Ireland Leo Cullen Ireland Jonathan Sexton RDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
18,500
51,700
Pro14 Conference A (1st) (CH)
France Lyon France Pierre Mignoni France Baptiste Couilloud
France Félix Lambey
Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000 Top 14 top 6 (3rd) (SF)
France Montpellier France Xavier Garbajosa France Fulgence Ouedraogo Altrad Stadium 15,697 Top 14 top 6 (6th) (QF)
Ireland Munster South Africa Johann van Graan Ireland Peter O'Mahony Thomond Park 25,600 Pro14 Conference A (2nd) (SF)
England Northampton Saints New Zealand Chris Boyd New Zealand Teimana Harrison
England Alex Waller
Franklin's Gardens 15,200 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
Wales Ospreys Ireland Allen Clarke Wales Justin Tipuric Liberty Stadium 20,827 Pro14 Conference A (4th) (PO)
France Racing 92 France Laurent Travers France Henry Chavancy Paris La Défense Arena 30,681 Top 14 top 6 (4th) (QF)
England Sale Sharks England Steve Diamond South Africa Jono Ross AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 European Challenge Cup (SF)
England Saracens Ireland Mark McCall England Brad Barritt Allianz Stadium 8,500 English Premiership top 6 (2nd) (CH)
France Toulouse France Ugo Mola France Julien Marchand Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,500 Top 14 top 6 (1st) (CH)
Ireland Ulster England Dan McFarland Ireland Iain Henderson Ravenhill Stadium 18,196 Pro14 Conference B (2nd) (SF)

Seeding

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

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

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster (Q) 6 6 0 0 199 76 123 28 9 4 0 28
England Northampton Saints (Q) 6 4 0 2 166 183 -17 19 25 3 0 19
France Lyon 6 1 0 5 108 141 -33 14 16 1 2 7
Italy Benetton 6 1 0 5 96 169 -73 12 23 1 1 6

[7]

Pool 2

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
England Exeter Chiefs (Q) 6 5 1 0 186 105 81 25 14 5 0 27
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 3 1 2 141 115 26 17 14 2 1 17
France La Rochelle 6 2 0 4 107 146 -39 14 18 1 1 10
England Sale Sharks 6 1 0 5 92 160 -68 11 21 0 3 7

[8]

Pool 3

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
France Clermont (Q) 6 5 0 1 207 114 93 24 15 3 1 24
Ireland Ulster (Q) 6 5 0 1 129 107 22 16 10 1 0 21
England Harlequins 6 2 0 4 114 166 -52 13 20 0 2 10
England Bath 6 0 0 6 102 165 -63 12 20 1 4 5

[9]

Pool 4

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
France Racing 92 (Q) 6 4 1 1 194 126 68 26 15 4 1 23
England Saracens (Q) 6 4 0 2 121 88 33 13 10 1 1 18
Ireland Munster 6 3 1 2 124 97 27 13 10 2 0 16
Wales Ospreys 6 0 0 6 83 211 -128 11 28 1 1 2

[10]

Pool 5

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
France Toulouse (Q) 6 6 0 0 162 85 77 19 9 3 0 27
England Gloucester 6 2 0 4 140 140 0 19 14 3 3 14
France Montpellier 6 2 0 4 118 157 -39 12 20 1 1 10
Ireland Connacht 6 2 0 4 120 158 -38 15 22 1 1 10

[11]

Ranking of pool leaders and runners-up

Rank Pool leaders Pts Diff TF
1 Ireland Leinster (Q) 28 123 28
2 England Exeter Chiefs (Q) 27 81 25
3 France Toulouse (Q) 27 77 19
4 France Clermont (Q) 24 93 24
5 France Racing 92 (Q) 23 68 26
Rank Pool runners–up Pts Diff TF
6 Ireland Ulster (Q) 21 22 16
7 England Northampton Saints (Q) 19 -17 19
8 England Saracens (Q) 18 33 13
9 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 17 26 17
10 England Gloucester 14 0 19

Knock-out stage

Bracket

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
1 Ireland Leinster
8 England Saracens
Winner Quarter-Final 1
France Winner Quarter-Final 2
4 France Clermont
5 France Racing 92
Winner Semi-Final 1
Winner Semi-Final 2
3 France Toulouse
6 Ireland Ulster
Winner Quarter-Final 3
England Winner Quarter-Final 4
2 England Exeter Chiefs
7 England Northampton Saints

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals[12]

tbc
Winner Quarter-Final 1 v France Winner Quarter-Final 2

tbc
Winner Quarter-Final 3 v England Winner Quarter-Final 4

Final

tbc
Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2

Attendances

  • Does not include the attendance at the final as it takes place at a neutral venue.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
England Bath 3 37,048 12,349 13,289 11,700 85%
Italy Benetton 3 10,820 3,607 3,861 3,114 54%
France Clermont 3 53,037 17,679 19,004 16,332 93%
Ireland Connacht 3 21,145 7,048 8,129 6,229 87%
England Exeter Chiefs 3 33,394 11,131 12,632 10,217 83%
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 3 21,503 7,168 7,351 6,801 98%
England Gloucester 3 35,371 11,790 12,837 10,875 73%
England Harlequins 3 40,613 13,538 13,808 13,205 91%
France La Rochelle 3 47,178 15,726 16,000 15,500 98%
Ireland Leinster 3 75,259 25,086 42,041 15,080 87%
France Lyon 3 43,711 14,570 15,517 13,446 58%
France Montpellier 3 31,568 10,523 11,366 9,900 67%
Ireland Munster 3 70,525 23,508 25,600 19,891 92%
England Northampton Saints 3 39,108 13,036 13,735 12,603 86%
Wales Ospreys 3 19,784 6,595 7,295 5,487 32%
France Racing 92 3 48,388 16,129 20,275 10,113 53%
England Sale Sharks 3 24,885 8,295 11,090 6,087 69%
England Saracens 3 24,531 8,177 8,500 7,531 96%
France Toulouse 3 50,140 16,713 18,780 15,100 86%
Ireland Ulster 3 51,071 17,024 17,923 15,466 94%

[13]

Player scoring

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

Season records

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Sandy Park's capacity increased from 12,921 to 13,593 from December 2019 onward.[3]

References

  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 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Pool Tables". Heineken Champions Cup. EPCR. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Champions Cup | Fixtures & Results". European Professional Club Rugby. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  13. ^ a b "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Player Statistics". EPCR. 19 January 2020.
  15. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most points in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  16. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most tries in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  17. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most conversions in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  18. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most penalties in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  19. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most drop goals in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  20. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most points in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  21. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  22. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most conversions in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  23. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most penalties in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
  24. ^ "European Rugby Champions Cup 19/20 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 19 January 2020.
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