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Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
DazzaS (IP Logged)
18 May, 2017 16:05
Italians no longer guaranteed a place

"Changes to qualification mean that from the end of next season, nations with teams in the Pro12 could miss out on the Champions Cup entirely.

Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy currently each have one Champions Cup spot guaranteed every season.

But from 2018-19 the first seven Pro12 teams will qualify on merit - and one or more nations could miss out.

Pro12 chief Martin Anayi said "these changes will deliver true meritocracy to our Championship".

Since the Italian sides joined the Pro12 in 2010, an Italian side has finished in the top seven only once in seven seasons, when Benetton Treviso came seventh in the 2012-13 season.

There is no change for the Premiership and Top 14, with the top six qualifying by right, while the 20th spot will go to the European Challenge Cup winner.

The alterations mean the qualifying process for the Champions Cup has been different every year in the five years since its inception, with the changes largely to do with how the 20th team has qualified.

Analysis

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter Chris Jones:

Guaranteeing a representative from every country was one of the concessions made by the power brokers when the Champions Cup replaced the Heineken Cup, but this development is the final step towards a wholly meritocratic qualification process.

The weakness of the Italian teams has been a blight on the tournament up until now, while the news that the Challenge Cup winner will automatically gain entry to elite competition will also be widely welcomed."

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
Monte (IP Logged)
18 May, 2017 16:18
I think this is great, absurd for the Challenge cup winner not to get an automatic place.

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
Fearless Fred (IP Logged)
18 May, 2017 16:43
I still think the Pro12 have it easier than the English & French teams. In England you have to be better than 50% of the teams in the league. In France, it's even tougher, you have to be better than 8 teams (58%) in the league. The Pro12 is easier, in that you only have yo be better than 5 teams (42%) of the league. If anyone should have had the 7 qualifying spots, I'd say the French should have had it. Simple qualification rule: Be better than 50% of your league or win the previous season's Challenge cup.

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
Adi Nako (IP Logged)
18 May, 2017 21:46
Brilliant news.

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
Samquin (IP Logged)
18 May, 2017 22:42
Surely as there are only 12 teams in the league they should only get 6 places guaranteed.

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
Dave L (IP Logged)
19 May, 2017 10:52
I can't imagine this going down well in parts of the Celtic world but it could have the bi-product of improving the Challenge Cup and not giving whoever has the Italian team an easy beat in the Champions Cup.

 
Re: Changes to Champions Cup Qualification for Pro 12
RodneyRegis (IP Logged)
19 May, 2017 13:18
Quote:
Fearless Fred
I still think the Pro12 have it easier than the English & French teams. In England you have to be better than 50% of the teams in the league. In France, it's even tougher, you have to be better than 8 teams (58%) in the league. The Pro12 is easier, in that you only have yo be better than 5 teams (42%) of the league. If anyone should have had the 7 qualifying spots, I'd say the French should have had it. Simple qualification rule: Be better than 50% of your league or win the previous season's Challenge cup.

Absolutely Spot on.


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