EPCR confirm 2020/21 Champions Cup knockout format
February 24, 2021 2:00 pm Conor Sharkey
EPCR has confirmed a revised tournament format for the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup, with a round of 16 draw to take place on 9 March.
The tournament will resume with round of 16 matches on the weekend of 2/3/4 April.
The knockout stages will continue with quarter-finals, semi-finals and the scheduled final in Marseille on the allocated weekends in April and May.
The eight highest-ranked clubs in Pool A and the eight highest-ranked clubs in Pool B at the time of the suspension of the tournament have qualified for the round of 16.
For the purposes of the round of 16 draws, clubs from the same league cannot be drawn against one another but clubs from the same pool can.
Clubs that have won both pool stage matches (i.e. where results were not impacted by Covid-19) will play at home in the round of 16.
Therefore Leinster Rugby, along with Racing 92, Wasps, Bordeaux-Bègles and Munster Rugby will each be guaranteed a home fixture.
Clubs that are not drawn against any of the aforementioned will have their opponents, and whether they will be playing home or away, determined as part of the draw.
It has also been agreed that open draws will take place to determine the quarter-finals in the Champions Cup, allowing for the possibility of matches between clubs from the same league.
The draws for the quarter-finals will take place immediately after the round of 16 draws on Tuesday, 9 March.
The event will be streamed live on eprugby.com.
Heineken Champions Cup – Round of 16 qualifiers
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*Denotes teams guaranteed home advantage in the round of 16