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Heineken Champions Cup
Moorsman (IP Logged)
11 June, 2018 11:38
From EPC site

Leinster Rugby, Saracens and Castres Olympique will be guaranteed top seedings when the pool draw for the Heineken Champions Cup takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday (20 June).

This key event at the iconic Olympic Museum will get underway with the draw for the 2018/19 Challenge Cup pools at 2.00pm (UK and Irish time) with the draw for the Champions Cup pools following immediately.

Both draws will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com and on official tournament Facebook channels.

The event comperes will be Sarra Elgan (BT Sport) and Raphaël Ibañez (France Télévisions), with Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS) and Austin Healey (BT Sport) conducting the draws.

Twenty clubs from Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the Guinness PRO14 and the TOP 14 have qualified on merit for the Champions Cup. The clubs will be divided into four tiers of five and a preliminary draw will be conducted to establish Tier 1 with two of the three second-ranked clubs – Exeter Chiefs, Scarlets and Montpellier – joining Champions Cup and PRO14 winners, Leinster, Premiership winners, Saracens, and TOP 14 winners, Castres, in the top tier.

Once Tier 1 has been established, the remaining three tiers will fall into place. Tier 2 will include the three third-ranked clubs from the leagues – Wasps, Glasgow Warriors and Racing 92 – as well as the second-ranked club which was not drawn into Tier 1 and the fourth-ranked club from the same league as the club which was not drawn into Tier 1.

Tier 3 will include the two clubs ranked fourth which are not in Tier 2 as well as the three fifth-ranked clubs from each league – Leicester Tigers, Edinburgh Rugby and Toulouse.

Tier 4 is complete and contains the sixth-ranked clubs from each league – Bath Rugby, Challenge Cup winners, Cardiff Blues, and RC Toulon – as well as Ulster Rugby and Gloucester Rugby.

When the tiers are completed, the main draw for the five pools will be made, and during the draw, some clubs may have to be placed directly into a pool in order to ensure that the key principles apply.

Click HERE for a detailed explanation of the Heineken Champions Cup pool draw

 
Mike the shirt
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Mike the shirt (IP Logged)
11 June, 2018 16:24
As I sit here in a searingly hot Frejus, I muse about my preferred Heineken pool. I would wish for -. Munster + Toulouse + Edinburgh. Wishful thinking fueled by some rather good rose wine. Any better offers ?

 
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Mabolza (IP Logged)
11 June, 2018 17:06
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Mike the shirt
As I sit here in a searingly hot Frejus, I muse about my preferred Heineken pool. I would wish for -. Munster + Toulouse + Edinburgh. Wishful thinking fueled by some rather good rose wine. Any better offers ?


Frejus , lucky boy.

Moules, frites et pain français avec une bouteille de Chablis froid.

Paradis

 
boston chief
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
boston chief (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 07:55
I think we could do with avoiding Leinster this year. Not impossible though if we get unlucky with the draw for tier 1. Would love to go back to Toulon but I think Toulouse or Racing would be a good trip. Edinburgh rather than Glasgow for me. Whoever it is, bring it on!

 
boston chief
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boston chief (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 07:56
Just noticed the draw is tomorrow - excited now!

 
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Re: Heineken Champions Cup
clalan (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 08:32
1st July new kits unveiled, what colour will it be? doesn't seem long now.

 
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Tribester (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 20:09
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clalan
1st July new kits unveiled, what colour will it be? doesn't seem long now.

I heard the European strip wouldn't be pink this year, so I'm going with green and black.

Home shirt, not much change, different sponsor patch I reckon.

 
boston chief
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boston chief (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 14:23
So, it's off to Castres, Munster and Gloucester!

 
Mike the shirt
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Mike the shirt (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 14:28
Castres in October and Munster in January will do for me.

 
HUGHVILLE
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HUGHVILLE (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 15:00
Bath have Leinster/Wasps/Toulouse. The group of death makes a change as we usually get it

 
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Chief Fire Water (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 16:48
I know it's early but when will the dates/times of the games be confirmed.

 
Welsh Chief
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Welsh Chief (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:21
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Chief Fire Water
I know it's early but when will the dates/times of the games be confirmed.

Seconded, I want to start looking into away trips!

 
Chiefs
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Chiefs (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 21:40
Castres in October, I feel a road trip coming on!

 
Bag Inton
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
Ken I L Worth (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 08:38
EPCR tweeted yesterday (Weds) that dates would be out two weeks after the last of the 3 leagues announce their fixtures.

 
ExTeddChief
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
ExTeddChief (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 10:16
Glaws should be relatively straightforward, Munster will be tough, Catres...don't know. Overall doable though.

 
Poking With Sticks
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
Poking With Sticks (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 12:23
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ExTeddChief
Glaws should be relatively straightforward

Famous last words. I think they might be a different proposition this season.

 
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Re: Heineken Champions Cup
Toomanychiefs (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 21:07
Is any game in the Champions Cup `relatively straightforward`.I dont think so.

 
Littledeepea
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
Otter Supper (IP Logged)
22 June, 2018 10:28
Many thought that 1st match of last season at Glaws would be relatively straightforward and we all know what happened there.

Castres Top 14 winners will be no pushover.

Makes the pre season game at Munster very interesting.

 
ExTeddChief
Re: Heineken Champions Cup
ExTeddChief (IP Logged)
22 June, 2018 10:47
Hence the "relatively"...and Castres will also be tough...we'll see what happens.

 
goss8800
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Chief Fire Water (IP Logged)
22 June, 2018 12:00
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Otter Supper
Many thought that 1st match of last season at Glaws would be relatively straightforward and we all know what happened there.
Castres Top 14 winners will be no pushover.

Makes the pre season game at Munster very interesting.

Will the pre-season game be going on now??

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