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2 months 3 weeks ago #67797

EPCR confirm new 24-team Champions Cup next season, and Connacht are in!!!!

Some Good News, We're in next seasons H-Cup (Officially).
Tis a Convilouted Layout though :silly:
The 24 clubs will be divided into two pools of 12, with each club playing four games in the pool stage – two at home and two away.

The number 1 and number 2 ranked clubs from each league will be in Tier 1. The number 3 and number 4 ranked clubs will be in Tier 2.
The number 5 and 6 ranked clubs will be in Tier 3, while the number 7 and number 8 ranked clubs will be Tier 4.

Tier 1 and Tier 4 clubs drawn in the same pool, who are not in the same league competition, will play one another home and away during the pool stage.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 clubs who have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not in the same league, will also play one another home and away.

The top four clubs in each pool will qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-finals, while the clubs ranked numbers 5 to 8 in both pools will drop down into the knock-out stages of the Challenge Cup.

In the Champions Cup quarter-finals, the top team in Pool A will play the fourth-placed team in Pool B and vice versa. The second-ranked team in Pool A will play the third-placed club in Pool B and vice versa.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #67800

We're f*#cked, we'll be playing one of 1st/2nd in each of the Top 14 and Premiership Home and Away.
A hearty welcome to the top table of rugby to Dragons, may God have mercy on your souls.


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2 months 3 weeks ago #67801

So Bordeaux and Exeter home and away?

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2 months 3 weeks ago #67802

sparking wrote: We're f*#cked, we'll be playing one of 1st/2nd in each of the Top 14 and Premiership Home and Away.
A hearty welcome to the top table of rugby to Dragons, may God have mercy on your souls.


Far from it!

Since the Top 14 was abandoned well before the business end of the season, we'll either be playing Lyon (1 win, 11 defeats in 2 seasons of HEC rugby) or UBB, who have been playing Challenge Cup these last few years. It's entirely possible that neither team will be remotely interested in Europe, and we've completely avoided the big guns.

If we were tier one we'd draw Toulouse or Montpellier, tier two either Clermont or La Rochelle, tier three either Racing or Toulon. So bizarrely our lowly status gives us the softest possible draw of the French teams. Two out of two there and we guarantee midtable in the pool and entry to the last 16 of the Challenge Cup.

[Note to Friendy - let's not turn our noses up at the Challenge Cup this year, silverware is silverware]

As regards the English clubs, if we draw Exeter our ambitions end at 2 wins and CC knockouts.

If we get the losing finalist (any of Sale down to Northampton most likely) then a home win on top of two against the French puts us into the last 8 of the HEC.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #67804

That's a glimmer of hope I suppose


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2 months 3 weeks ago #67805

They changed us from Tier 4 to Tier 3! Massive difference, probably not for the easier route though! Racing or Toulon!
www.pro14.rugby/latest/pro14/guinness-pr...ropean-qualification


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2 months 3 weeks ago #67806

sparking wrote: They changed us from Tier 4 to Tier 3! Massive difference, probably not for the easier route though! Racing or Toulon!
www.pro14.rugby/latest/pro14/guinness-pr...ropean-qualification


Ok, now we're f*cked. Here's praying for Toulon and the worse of the English semifinal losers.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #67808

What's the difference?

Bordeaux and Lyon have big budget, big squad, they would not have been easier (nor worse), than Toulon/Racing.

Same with Bristol/Sale/Exeter/Wasps, it changes very little.

Bristol is half Sarries indeed, but team is not that cohesive yet, and I'd be glad to meet Lam in official huge game!

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1 month 2 weeks ago #67868

With the last game of the Premiership now decided. Looks like our Tier Two opposition from that league will be Bristol or Bath.

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4 weeks 19 hours ago #67907

Draw announcement at 3pm Irish Time today. Apparently it is being done behind closed doors.

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4 weeks 15 hours ago #67908

CONFIRMED | We will meet Racing 92 and Bristol Bears in this season's Heineken Champions Cup!
The draw was made earlier this morning and places Connacht in Pool B with 11 other clubs, but it's Racing and Bristol that we face home and away.

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4 weeks 15 hours ago #67909

Typical.
Those two away fixtures are up there with Clermont and Northampton as games I'd love to travel to :(


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4 weeks 13 hours ago #67910

What's wrong with Clermont? Or Paris for that matter!

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3 weeks 6 days ago #67912

POOL B (with opponents in brackets)

Exeter Chiefs (Glasgow Warriors, Toulouse)
Lyon (Glasgow Warriors, Gloucester Rugby)
Ulster Rugby (Gloucester Rugby, Toulouse)
Bristol Bears (ASM Clermont Auvergne, Connacht Rugby)
Munster Rugby (ASM Clermont Auvergne, Harlequins)
Racing 92 (Connacht Rugby, Harlequins)
ASM Clermont Auvergne (Bristol Bears, Munster Rugby)
Connacht Rugby (Bristol Bears, Racing 92)
Harlequins (Munster Rugby, Racing 92)
Glasgow Warriors (Exeter Chiefs, Lyon)
Gloucester Rugby (Lyon, Ulster)
Toulouse (Exeter Chiefs, Ulster Rugby)

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3 weeks 6 days ago #67913

A tough group to even place in top 8 for challenge cup contention. Bring on Pat et al though, should be a great few games.

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3 weeks 6 days ago #67914



The answer to attending the Sportsground for the Champions Cup matches

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