Following the conclusion of the home seasons in England and France, EPCR is happy to substantiate the format and qualifiers for the 2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup as Europe’s elite membership event is about to return with a extremely aggressive schedule of 71 matches.
The Heineken Champions Cup will as soon as once more be competed for by 24 golf equipment with eight representatives from the Gallagher Premiership, the Guinness PRO14 and the TOP 14 having secured their locations. (See qualifiers and rankings beneath)
The golf equipment will probably be divided into two swimming pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B – via a draw and the event will probably be performed over 9 weekends with 4 rounds of matches within the pool stage beginning in December when Stade Toulousain start the defence of their title.
The eight highest-ranked golf equipment from every pool will qualify for the knockout stage which can encompass a Spherical of 16 on a house and away foundation, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the ultimate in Marseille on 28 Might 2022. (See key dates beneath)
The draw for the swimming pools will probably be carried out on the identical strains as final season with the golf equipment separated into 4 tiers, and golf equipment from the identical league in the identical tier won’t be drawn into the identical pool.
The #1 and quantity 2 ranked golf equipment from every league will probably be in Tier 1, the quantity 3 and quantity 4 ranked golf equipment will probably be in Tier 2, the quantity 5 and 6 ranked golf equipment will probably be in Tier 3, and the quantity 7 and quantity 8 ranked golf equipment will probably be Tier 4.
The Tier 1 and the Tier 4 golf equipment which have been drawn in the identical pool, however which aren’t in the identical league, will play each other residence and away throughout the pool stage, as will the Tier 2 and Tier 3 golf equipment which have been drawn in the identical pool, however which aren’t in the identical league.
The pool draw will probably be stay streamed on HeinekenChampionsCup.com and the date of the occasion in addition to additional particulars will probably be communicated shortly.
As beforehand introduced, EPCR is presently placing the ending touches to a brand new shareholder settlement, and discussions to finalise the Problem Cup format for the 2021/22 season, in addition to the codecs for the Heineken Champions Cup and Problem Cup for future seasons, are ongoing.
These discussions embody the long run participation of South African golf equipment in EPCR’s tournaments as referenced lately by the United Rugby Championship and no additional remark will probably be made till the suitable time.
2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup qualifiers
Gallagher Premiership: 1 Harlequins, 2 Exeter Chiefs, 3 Bristol Bears, 4 Sale Sharks, 5 Northampton Saints, 6 Leicester Tigers, 7 Bathtub Rugby, 8 Wasps
Guinness PRO14: 1 Leinster Rugby, 2 Munster Rugby, 3 Ulster Rugby, 4 Connacht Rugby, 5 Scarlets, 6 Ospreys, 7 Cardiff Rugby, 8 Glasgow Warriors
TOP 14: 1 Stade Toulousain, 2 Stade Rochelais, 3 Racing 92, 4 Union Bordeaux-Bègles, 5 ASM Clermont Auvergne, 6 Stade Français Paris, 7 Castres Olympique, 8 Montpellier Hérault Rugby
2021/22 key dates
Spherical 1 – 10/11/12 December
Spherical 2 – 17/18/19 December
Spherical 3 – 14/15/16 January 2022
Spherical 4 – 21/22/23 January 2022
Spherical of 16 (1st leg) – 8/9/10 April 2022
Spherical of 16 (2nd leg) – 15/16/17 April 2022
Quarter-finals – 6/7/8 Might 2022
Semi-finals – 13/14/15 Might 2022
Problem Cup remaining – Friday 27 Might 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Heineken Champions Cup remaining – Saturday 28 Might 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille