2011/12 European Challenge Cup
Amlin Cup

The European Challenge Cup, is the 2nd tier of European club rugby, after the Heineken Cup. In 2011/12 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 2011/12 European Challenge Cup were:

France

  • Stade Francais
  • Perpignan
  • Toulon
  • Brive
  • Agen
  • Bayonne
  • Lyon
  • Bordeaux-Begles

England

  • London Wasps
  • Sale Sharks
  • Newcastle Falcons
  • Worcester Warriors
  • Exter Chiefs

Italy

  • Cavalieri Prato
  • Crociati Parma
  • Petrarca Padova
  • Rovigo

Wales

  • Newport Gwent Dragons
  • Scarlets


Romania

  • Bucuresti Wolves

Spain

  • La Vila
Championship Table
Pool 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Stade Francais 6 6 0 241 43 5 29
Worcester Warriors 6 4 2 194 95 4 20
Bucuresti Wolves 6 2 3 102 184 2 10
Crociati Parma 6 0 5 36 251 0 0
Pool 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Toulon 6 5 1 197 73 4 25
Newcastle Falcons 6 4 2 133 82 2 18
Lyon 6 3 3 143 114 2 14
Petrarca Padova 6 0 6 50 254 0 0
Pool 3
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
London Wasps 6 5 1 189 75 4 24
Bayonne 6 5 1 197 61 2 22
Bordeaux-Begles 6 2 4 82 132 2 10
Rovigo 6 0 6 51 251 1 1
Pool 4
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Exeter Chiefs 6 5 1 202 64 3 23
Perpignan 6 4 2 153 112 2 18
Newport Gwent Dragons 6 3 3 139 100 3 15
Cavalieri Prato 6 0 6 62 280 0 0
Pool 5
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Brive 6 6 0 209 79 3 27
Sale Sharks 6 4 2 225 96 4 20
Agen 6 2 4 168 166 2 10
La Vila 6 0 6 64 325 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: Biarritz, Harlequins and Scarlets.

Quarter-Finals

April 5

April 6

April 7

April 8

Stade Francais

Toulon

London Wasps

Brive

v

v

v

v

Exeter Chiefs

Harlequins

Biarritz

Scarlets

Paris

Toulon

High Wycombe

Brive

22

37

23

15

17

8

26

11

Semi-Finals

April 27

April 28

Toulon

Biarritz

v

v

Stade Francais

Brive

Toulon

Biarritz

32

19

29

0

Final

May 15

Biarritz

v

Toulon

London

21

18