2020 European Rugby Challenge Cup Results

The 2020 European Rugby Challenge Cup will be the 5th season of the second tier club rugby competition in Europe. It replaced the Amlin Cup.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues that delayed the finish of the 2019/20 season, the European Rugby Champions Cup will be run on a different format for 2020/21 season.

There will be a 14 team pool that will have teams playing 4 rounds of pool play. Teams will not play against other teams from the same domestic competition that they qualified from.

The top 8 teams will then combine with 8 teams from the European Rugby Champions Cup to play a round of 16. This will be a knock-out format down to a finals series.

Further changes were made after COVID-19 issues again affected the competition. Details are below.


The teams playing in the competition are:

France

  • Castres Olympique
  • Agen
  • Stade Français
  • Brive
  • Bayonne
  • Pau

England

  • Leicester Tigers
  • London Irish
  • Worcester Warriors
  • Newcastle Falcons

Wales

  • Ospreys
  • Cardiff Blues

Italy

  • Zebre Rugby Club
  • Benetton Rugby

 

2020 Challenge Cup
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
London Irish 2 2 60 25 2 10
Ospreys 2 2 77 44 2 10
Cardiff Blues 2 2 61 20 1 9
Leicester Tigers 2 2 67 37 1 9
Zebre Rugby Club 2 1 1 43 41 6
Agen 2 1 1 36 34 1 5
Benetton Rugby 2 1 1 44 48 1 5
Newcastle Falcons 2 1 1 46 50 4
Pau 2 1 1 41 46 4
Bayonne 2 1 1 45 53 2
Worcester Warriors 2 2 49 62 2 2
Brive 2 2 33 57 1 1
Castres Olympique 2 2 32 65 0
Stade Français 2 2 20 72 0


Fixtures and Results

December 11

      

     

December 12

    

    

    

    

December 18

    

December 19

   

      

December 20

   

Stade Français

Leicester Tigers

Newcastle Falcons

Zebre Rugby Club

Agen

Pau

Ospreys

      

Castres Olympique

Brive

Benetton Rugby

Worcester Warriors

Bayonne

London Irish

Cardiff Blues

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Benetton Rugby

Brive

Cardiff Blues

Bayonne

London Irish

Worcester Warriors

Castres Olympique

     

Newcastle Falcons

Zebre Rugby Club

Agen

Ospreys

Leicester Tigers

Pau

Stade Français

Paris

Leicester

Newcastle

Parma

Agen

Pau

Swansea

    

Castres

Brive

Treviso

Worcester

Bayonne

Brentford

Cardiff

20

39

20

25

8

24

39

  

14

16

0

29

20

26

28

44

17

33

25

34

20

15

  

26

18

28

38

28

17

0

At this stage the European Rugby Challenge Cup was suspended due to COVID-19 issues.



At the end of February 2021 the EPCR announced revised a tournament format to allow for the completion of the competition. The original draw for Rounds 3 & 4 were cancelled.

There would be Round of 16 matches followed by the knock-out stages. The Round of 16 matches would be determined by a draw.

The 8 highest placed teams at the time of the suspension of play qualified for the Round of 16, joined by the 8 teams from the Champions Cup that did not make that competitions Round of 16. Teams from the same league cannot be drawn against one another. Teams which had won both pool stage matches on the pitch (that is; not COVID-19 affected results) will get home advantage.

Following the Round of 16 an open draw will be held to determine the quarter-final matches. Teams from the same league may end up playing against each other. 


     Teams from Challenge Cup (Top 8)                             Teams from Champions Cup (17th - 24th)

  • London Irish
  • Ospreys
  • Cardiff Blues
  • Leicester Tigers
  • Zebre Rugby Club
  • Agen
  • Benetton Rugby
  • Newcastle Falcons

  • Ulster
  • Connacht
  • Northampton Saints
  • Bath
  • Montpellier
  • Dragons
  • Harlequins
  • Glasgow Warriors

   

Round of 16

April 2

   

   

April 3

  

  

  

April 4

    

Quarter-Finals

April 9

April 10

   

   

Semi-Finals

April 30

May 1

   

Final

May 21

Zebre Rugby Club

London Irish

Montpellier

Benetton Rugby

Ospreys

Dragons

Leicester Tigers

Harlequins

   

   

Bath

Montpellier

Leicester Tigers

Northampton Saints

   

Leicester Tigers

Bath

   

   

Leicester Tigers

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

 

 

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

 

 

v


Bath

Cardiff Blues

Glasgow Warriors

Agen

Newcastle Falcons

Northampton Saints

Connacht

Ulster

  

  

London Irish

Benetton Rugby

Newcastle Falcons

Ulster

   

Ulster

Montpellier

  

  

Montpellier

Parma

Brentford

Montpellier

Treviso

Swansea

Newport

Leicester

London

   

   

Bath

Montpellier

Leicester

Northampton

   

Leicester

Bath

   

   

London

27

41

26

29

24

39

48

21

 

 

26

31

39

27

 

33

10

  

  

17

35

35

21

16

28

43

32

57

 

 

13

25

15

35

  

24

19

  

  

18