Information ahead of ERCC pool draw…
June 9, 2014 12:00 am client
The draw for the European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage will take place at 12pm on 10th June.
Leinster Rugby are guaranteed top seeding when the pool draw for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup takes place at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Tuesday (10th June) and will be joined in the top tier by RC Toulon and Saracens.
This key EPCR event will get underway with the pool draw for the 2014/15 European Rugby Challenge Cup at 12.00pm (UK and Irish time) which will be followed immediately by the draw for the European Rugby Champions Cup pools.
Both draws will be broadcast live by BTsport.com, Sky Sports News, TG4 and Infosport + and will also be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com.
You can get all the latest updates from the draw by following Leinster Rugby on Twitter and Facebook, and by following #ERCCPoolDraw on Twitter. We will also have the latest news from the draw right here on leinsterrugby.ie tomorrow afternoon. For all the latest Leinster news subscribe to the Leinster eZine.
Craig Doyle of BT Sport and Raphael Ibanez will be joint comperes in Neuchatel with former London Wasps and RC Toulon star, Simon Shaw, and Sky Sports’ Welsh legend, Scott Quinnell, on hand to conduct the draws.
Twenty clubs from the Aviva Premiership, the Top 14 and the PRO12 have booked their places in the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup, and for the first time, the clubs have qualified on merit.
For the purposes of the pool draw, the Aviva Premiership clubs are ranked according to their finishing positions in the League table, so Saracens are top seeds with Northampton Saints ranked number two.
The Top 14 and PRO12 clubs are ranked based on their League performances and on their qualification for the knockout phases of their championships. So reigning European and Top 14 champions, RC Toulon, and PRO12 champions, Leinster Rugby, are also confirmed among the top seeds.
The 20 clubs will be divided into four tiers of five based on their qualification positions from the Leagues. A draw will be conducted in advance to establish Tier 1 with two of the three second-ranked clubs – Northampton Saints, Castres Olympique and Glasgow Warriors – joining Saracens, Toulon and Leinster in the top tier.
Once Tier 1 has been established, the remaining three tiers will fall into place. The draw for the five pools will then be made based on the tiers, and during the draw, some clubs may have to be placed directly into a pool in order to ensure that certain key principles apply (see below).
In Tier 4, Sale Sharks and London Wasps will be drawn into pools which contain one other Aviva Premiership club, and Toulouse will be drawn into a pool which contains one other Top 14 club.
Stade Francais Paris, Exeter Chiefs and Cardiff Blues are confirmed among the top seeds for the 2014/15 European Rugby Challenge Cup which will be conducted on similar lines with four tiers and five pools.
In Tier 4, Oyonnax, Lyon and La Rochelle will be drawn into pools which contain one other Top 14 club.
European Rugby Champions Cup qualification
For the purposes of creating the tiers, the Aviva Premiership clubs are ranked based on their League table finishing positions in advance of the knockout phase. The Top 14 and PRO12 clubs are ranked based on their League performances and on their qualification for the knockout phases. For clubs which did not qualify for the knockout phases of their Leagues, or which were eliminated at the same stage of the knockout phase, rankings are decided by League table finishing positions.
EPCR pool draws – key principles
The 20 clubs are divided into four tiers based on their qualification position from their Leagues. This will be done in advance by a draw.
Each of the five pools will have at least one club from each of the three Leagues.
Each of the five pools will have one club from each of the four tiers.
There will be no more than two clubs from the same League in a pool.
No pool will contain two PRO12 clubs from the same country. Clubs from the same League will be kept apart until the allocation of the Tier 4 clubs.
Guarantee your place at next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup home pool games and purchase your 2014/15 Season Ticket now before the Early Bird window closes on Friday (13th June).
Season Ticket holders also receive priority purchase for away games and knockout round matches. Find out more.