2010/11 European Challenge Cup
Amlin Cup

The European Challenge Cup, is the 2nd tier of European club rugby, after the Heineken Cup. In 2010/11 it is 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 2010/11 European Challenge Cup were:

France

  • Stade Francais
  • Bourgoin
  • Brive
  • Agen
  • Montpellior
  • Bayonne
  • La Rochelle

England

  • Gloucester Rugby
  • Sale Sharks
  • Harlequins
  • Newcastle Falcons
  • Leeds Carnegie
  • Exeter Chiefs

Italy

  • Cavalieri Prato
  • Crociati Parma
  • Petrarca Padova
  • Rovigo

Ireland

  • Connacht


Romania

  • Bucuresti Oaks

Spain

  • Centransa El Salvador
Championship Table
Pool 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Harlequins 6 5 1 189 84 4 24
Connacht 6 3 3 173 99 3 15
Bayonne 6 3 3 163 116 3 15
Cavalieri Prato 6 1 5 77 303 0 4
Pool 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Brive 6 6 0 257 54 3 27
Sale Sharks 6 4 2 279 58 5 21
Petrarca Padova 6 1 5 88 213 2 6
El Salvador 6 1 5 69 368 0 4
Pool 3
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Montpellier 6 5 1 147 101 1 21
Exeter Chiefs 6 3 3 154 113 4 16
Bourgoin 6 2 4 119 130 3 11
Newcastle Falcons 6 2 4 66 142 1 9
Pool 4
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Stade Francais 6 6 0 216 73 5 29
Leeds Carnegie 6 4 2 173 88 3 19
Bucuresti Oaks 6 1 5 74 148 1 5
Crociati Parma 6 1 5 70 224 1 5
Pool 5
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
La Rochelle 6 5 1 197 91 4 24
Gloucester Rugby 6 4 2 255 77 5 21
Agen 6 3 3 167 158 3 15
Rovigo 6 0 6 55 348 0 0

Knock-out Stages

Three teams from the Heineken Cup 'parachuted' into the 2011/12 European Challenge Cup (Amlin Cup) playoffs. These teams were: London Wasps, Clermont and Munster

Quarter-Finals

April 7

April 8


April 9

La Rochelle

Stade Francais

Harlequins

Brive

v

v

v

v

Clermont

Montpellier

London Wasps

Munster

La Rochelle

Paris

London

Brive

13

32

32

37

23

28

22

42

Semi-Finals

April 29

April 30

Stade Francais

Munster

v

v

Clermont

Harlequins

Paris

Limerick

29

12

25

20

Final

May 20

Harlequins

v

Stade Francais

Cardiff

19

18