Wednesday 19 June - European Challenge Cup Draw
Date: 8 Jun 2019
The draw, which will take place at the Centre de Congrès Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland will start at 1pm (UK time) and will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com.
The event comperes in Lausanne will be Sarra Elgan (BT Sport) and Matthieu Lartot (France Télévisions) with Bryan Habana (Channel 4) and Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS) conducting the draws.
The following clubs have qualified for the 2019/20 Challenge Cup:
TOP 14 – Castres Olympique (1), Stade Francais Paris (2), RC Toulon (3), Bordeaux-Bègles (4), Pau (5), Agen (6), Bayonne (7), Brive (8)
Gallagher Premiership Rugby – Wasps (1), Bristol Bears (2), Worcester Warriors (3), Leicester Tigers (4), London Irish (5)
Guinness PRO14 – Scarlets (1), Cardiff Blues (2), Edinburgh Rugby (3), Dragons (4), Zebre Rugby Club (5)
Qualifiers from the Continental Shield – Enisei-STM, Rugby Calvisano.
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
The clubs are divided into four tiers based on the qualification positions from their respective leagues (the bracketed numbers above).
Wasps finished eighth in the Gallagher Premiership last season so are the top-ranked qualifier from the Premiership and will therefore be in Tier 1.
A draw will be carried out in advance of the pool draw proper to complete the tiers.
*2 out of Stade Francais Paris, Bristol Bears, Cardiff Blues.
Tier 1 is made up of the three number-one-ranked clubs from the Premiership (Wasps), Top 14 (Castres) and the PRO14 (Scarlets). Tier 1 also includes two of the three second-ranked-clubs from the TOP 14 (Stade Francais Paris), Premiership (Bristol Bears) and PRO14 (Cardiff Blues). The two clubs will be decided by a draw in advance of the pool draw proper.
*1 out of Stade Francais Paris, Bristol Bears, Cardiff Blues.
*1 out of Bordeaux-Begles, Leicester Tigers, Dragons.
Tier 2 is made up of the three clubs which are ranked third from the TOP14 (RC Toulon), Premiership (Worcester Warriors) and PRO14 (Edinburgh). Tier 2 will also include the second-ranked-club which was not drawn into Tier 1, and the club which is ranked fourth from the same league as the club which was not drawn into Tier 1.
Zebre Rugby Club
*2 out of Bordeaux-Begles, Leicester Tigers, Dragons.
Tier 3 is made up of the three clubs which are ranked fifth from each league. Tier 3 will also include the two clubs ranked fourth which are not in Tier 2.
Tier 4 is made up of the remaining clubs from the TOP 14 and the two qualifiers from the Continental Shield.
OTHER KEY PRINCIPLES
- Each of the five pools will include one club from each of the four tiers and each pool will have at least one club from the Premiership, Top 14 and the PRO14.
- There will be no more than two clubs from the same league in a pool.
- No pool will contain two PRO14 clubs from the same country.
- Clubs from the same league will be kept apart until the Tier 4 allocation. (This means English teams will not be able to face each other in the pool stages of the competition).
- A qualifier from the Continental Shield cannot be drawn into a pool which contains two TOP 14 clubs or two Premiership clubs.
SO WHO CAN WASPS FACE?
From Tier 2 Wasps could face one of the following six: Toulon, Edinburgh Rugby, Stade Francais, Cardiff Blues, Bordeaux-Begles or Dragons.
From Tier 3 Wasps could face one of the following four: Pau, Zebre Rugby, Bordeaux-Begles or Dragons.
From Tier 4 Wasps could face one of the following five: Agen, Bayonne, Brive, Enisei-STM or Calvisano.
In a nutshell – Wasps will be travelling to at least two countries from either France, Scotland, Wales, Italy or Russia!
All Wasps European Challenge Cup home pool games will be included with a 2019/20 Season Membership. To get yours, click the link below or call 02476 786411.