2016 European Rugby Champions Cup 

The 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup was the third season of the premier club rugby competition in Europe. It replaced the Heineken Cup.

There was 20 teams playing in the competition, the top 6 teams from the English Premiership, the top 6 teams from the French Top 14, 7 teams from the Pro 12 and a qualifier from the next best placed teams from the 3 competitions.

The Pro 12 qualifiers are the 4 best placed teams from each country and the 3 highest placed teams after that.

Teams play in 5 pools of 4 teams and will play each team in their pool twice, home and away.

Following pool play, the top team from each pool and the best 3 runners-up will progress to the play-offs: quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.


In 2016, due to the Rugby World Cup the previous year, no qualifying play-offs had been played so the winner of the 2015/16 European Rugby Challenge Cup automatically qualified for the tournament. That team was Montpellier.


The teams playing in the competition are:

England

  • Saracens
  • Northampton Saints
  • Leicester Tigers
  • Sale Sharks
  • Wasps
  • Exeter Chiefs

France

  • Toulon
  • Clermont Auvergne
  • Racing 92
  • Toulouse
  • Montpellier
  • Bordeaux Begles
  • Castres Olympique

Ireland

  • Leinster
  • Munster
  • Ulster
  • Connacht

Scotland

  • Glasgow Warriors


Wales

  • Scarlets

Italy

  • Zebre
Challenge Cup
Pool 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Munster 6 5 1 160 64 4 24
Glasgow Warriors 6 4 2 160 89 3 19
Leicester Tigers 6 2 4 61 190 8
Racing 92 6 1 5 89 130 1 5
Pool 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Wasps 6 4 1 1 210 112 4 22
Toulouse 6 3 2 1 164 91 4 18
Connacht 6 4 2 188 118 2 18
Zebre 6 6 90 331 0
Pool 3
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Saracens 6 5 1 181 87 2 24
Toulon 6 3 3 120 100 4 16
Scarlets 6 2 3 1 141 154 1 11
Sale Sharks 6 1 5 66 167 4
Pool 4
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Leinster 6 4 1 1 227 87 5 23
Montpellier 6 3 3 120 149 4 16
Castres Olympique 6 2 3 1 144 147 2 12
Northampton Saints 6 2 4 91 199 1 9
Pool 5
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 1 211 131 6 26
Bordeaux Begles 6 3 3 118 120 2 14
Exeter Chiefs 6 2 4 110 146 4 12
Ulster 6 2 4 131 173 2 10


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