2009/10 European Challenge Cup
Amlin Cup

The European Challenge Cup, is the 2nd tier of European club rugby, after the Heineken Cup. In 2009/10 it was also known as the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain and Portugal play in the competition.

There are 20 teams playing in 5 pools of 4 teams. Pool play is on a home and away basis. The 5 pool winners are joined by 3 teams from the Heineken Cup to play quarter-finals, semi-finals anf the final. The 3 teams that 'parachute' in are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed runners-up after pool play is completed in the Heineken Cup.

Teams playing in the 2009/10 European Challenge Cup (Amlin Cup) were:

France

  • Albi
  • Bayonne
  • Bourgoin
  • Castres
  • Montauban
  • Montpellier
  • Racing Metro
  • Toulon

England

  • Leeds Carnegie
  • London Wasps
  • Newcastle Falcons
  • Saracens
  • Worcester Warriors

Italy

  • Overmach Parma
  • Petrarca Padova
  • Rovigo
  • Roma Olimpic

Ireland

  • Connacht

Romania

  • Bucuresti Oaks

Spain

  • Olympus Madrid
Championship Table
Pool 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Bourgoin 6 5 1 141 86 3 23
Leeds Carnegie 6 4 2 160 82 3 19
Overmach Parma 6 2 4 78 145 0 8
Bucuresti Oaks 6 1 5 70 136 3 7
Pool 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Connacht 6 6 0 199 63 2 26
Montpellier 6 4 2 158 92 3 19
Worcester Warriors 6 2 4 140 83 5 13
Olympus Madrid 6 0 6 44 303 0 0
Pool 3
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Toulon 6 5 1 218 88 3 23
Saracens 6 5 1 184 83 2 22
Castres 6 2 4 173 127 3 11
Rovigo 6 0 6 41 318 0 0
Pool 4
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
London Wasps 6 5 1 176 69 3 23
Bayonne 6 4 2 184 73 3 19
Racing Metro 6 3 3 177 85 4 16
Roma Olimpic 6 0 6 28 338 0 0
Pool 5
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Newcastle Falcons 6 5 1 146 77 3 23
Montauban 6 5 1 132 96 1 21
Albi 6 2 4 117 137 4 12
Petrarca Padova 6 0 6 95 180 1 1

Knock-out Stages

Three teams from the Heineken Cup 'parachuted' into the 2011/12 European Challenge Cup (Amlin Cup) playoffs. These teams were: Cardiff Blues, Gloucester and Scarlets.

Quarter-Finals

April 10


April 11


Connacht

Toulon

London Wasps

Newcastle Falcons

v

v

v

v

Bourgoin

Scarlets

Gloucester

Cardiff Blues

Galway

Toulon

High Wycombe

Newcastle

23

38

42

20

20

12

26

55

Semi-Finals

April 30

May 1

Connacht

London Wasps

v

v

Toulon

Cardiff Blues

Galway

High Wycombe

12

15

19

18

Final

May 23

Cardiff Blues

v

Toulon

Marseille

28

21