2018 European Rugby Challenge Cup Results

The 2018 European Rugby Challenge Cup will be the 4th season of the second tier club rugby competition in Europe. It replaced the Amlin Cup.

There will be 20 teams playing in the competition, the teams that did not qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup from the Premiership, the Top 14, and the Pro 12, teams promoted to the Premiership and Top 14 and two qualifiers from Qualifying Competitions held earlier.

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.


The final two qualifiers come from matches between the top two teams in each pool in the Continental Shield competition and the two qualifiers from the 2017/18 European Rugby Challenge Cup. The winners from the Continental Shield matches played off for one Challenge Cup position and the two teams from the 2017/18 Challenge Cup played off for the other position in the competition. The winners from the Continental Shield were Heidelberger RK from Germany and Timișoara Saracens from Romania.

 The two teams from the Challenge Cup were Enisei-STM from Russia and Krasny Yar from Russia.


March 31



April 21

Enisei-STM

Timișoara Saracens


Krasny Yar

Heidelberger RK

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Krasny Yar

Heidelberger RK


Enisei-STM

Timișoara Saracens

Krasnodar

Timișoara


Krasnoyarsk

Timișoara

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Heidelberger RK were subsequently ruled ineligible due to ownership issues and the team they beat in the play-offs, Timișoara Saracens replaced them.

Timișoara Saracens and Enisei-STM qualified for the European Rugby Challenge Cup.


The teams playing in the competition are:

France

  • Clermont Auvergne
  • Agen
  • Stade Français
  • Bordeaux Bègles
  • Grenoble
  • La Rochelle
  • Perpignan
  • Pau

England

  • Northampton Saints
  • Harlequins
  • Sale Sharks
  • Bristol Bears
  • Worcester Warriors

Romania

  • Timișoara Saracens

Wales

  • Ospreys
  • Dragons

Italy

  • Zebre Rugby Club
  • Benetton Rugby

Ireland

  • Connacht

Russia

  • Enisei-STM (Q)

 

Challenge Cup
Pool 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Clermont Auvergne 6 6 304 117 6 30
Northampton Saints 6 4 2 282 127 5 21
Dragons 6 2 4 179 201 2 10
Timișoara Saracens 6 6 49 369 0
Pool 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Worcester Warriors 6 5 1 150 125 2 22
Ospreys 6 2 4 141 105 5 13
Pau 6 3 3 89 127 1 13
Stade Français 6 2 4 140 163 4 12
Pool 3
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Sale Sharks 6 4 2 196 108 6 22
Connacht 6 5 1 146 120 2 22
Bordeaux Bègles 6 2 3 1 137 171 2 12
Perpignan 6 5 1 117 197 1 3
Pool 4
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
La Rochelle 6 5 1 238 104 4 24
Bristol Bears 6 4 2 267 108 5 21
Zebre Rugby Club 6 3 3 153 142 2 14
Enisei-STM 6 6 103 407 1 1
Pool 5
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Harlequins 6 4 2 179 113 5 21
Benetton Rugby 6 4 2 171 106 4 20
Grenoble 6 2 4 92 159 1 9
Agen 6 2 4 112 176 1 9
 Qualifiers -  Pool winners and 3 best runners up.

The December 15 match between Timișoara Saracens and Northampton Saints was not played due to the condition of the playing field. Northampton was awarded a 28-0 bonus point win following a disciplinary decision against Timișoara Saracens for not taking all appropriate measures to prepare and protect the playing surface and that no alternative field was available.


Fixtures and Results

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January 12

  

  

  

  

  

  

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January 19

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

March 29

March 30

March 31

  

  

  

April 20

  

  

  

May 10

Perpignan

Enisei-STM

Timișoara Saracens

Benetton Rugby

Harlequins

Northampton Saints

Bristol Bears

Connacht

Opsreys

Stade Français


Agen

La Rochelle

Dragons

Pau

Zebre Rugby Club

Worcester Warriors

Clermont Auvergne

Sale Sharks

Bordeaux Bègles

Grenoble


Pau

Grenoble

Timișoara Saracens

Benetton Rugby

Northampton Saints

Connacht

Bristol Bears

Ospreys

Bordeaux Bègles

Enisei-STM


Agen

Perpignan

Stade Français

Timișoara Saracens

Clermont Auvergne

Zebre Rugby Club

Harlequins

Worcester Warriors

Sale Sharks

La Rochelle


Perpignan

La Rochelle

Dragons

Stade Français

Benetton Rugby

Ospreys

Harlequins

Enisei-STM

Connacht

Clermont Auvergne


Grenoble

Agen

Northampton Saints

Dragons

Pau

Bordeaux Bègles

Sale Sharks

Worcester Warriors

Zebre Rugby Club

Bristol Bears


Quarter-Finals

Sale

Worcester Warriors

La Rochelle

Clermont Auvergne

    

Semi-Finals

Clermont Auvergne

La Rochelle

    

Final

La Rochelle

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La Rochelle

Dragons

Grenoble

Agen

Clermont Auvergne

Zebre Rugby Club

Bordeaux Bègles

Pau

Worcester Warriors


Benetton Rugby

Enisei-STM

Northampton Saints

Stade Français

Bristol Bears

Ospreys

Timișoara Saracens

Connacht

Perpignan

Harlequins


Worcester Warriors

Agen

Clermont Auvergne

Harlequins

Dragons

Perpignan

La Rochelle

Stade Français

Sale Sharks

Zebre Rugby Club


Grenoble

Connacht

Ospreys

Northampton Saints

Dragons

Enisei-STM

Benetton Rugby

Pau

Bordeaux Bègles

Bristol Bears


Bordeaux Bègles

Zebre Rugby Club

Timișoara Saracens

Pau

Agen

Worcester Warriors

Grenoble

Bristol Bears

Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints


Benetton Rugby

Harlequins

Timișoara Saracens

Clermont Auvergne

Ospreys

Connacht

Perpignan

Stade Français

La Rochelle

Enisei-STM

  

  

Connacht

Harlequins

Bristol Bears

Northampton Saints

      

       

Harlequins

Sale Sharks

      

      

Clermont Auvergne

Perpignan

Krasnoyarsk

Timișoara

Treviso

London

Northampton

Bristol

Galway

Swansea

Paris


Agen

La Rochelle

Newport

Pau

Parma

Worcester

Clermont-Ferrand

Salford

Bordeaux

Grenoble


Pau

Grenoble

Timișoara

Treviso

Northampton

Galway

Bristol

Swansea

Bordeaux

Sochi


Agen

Perpignan

Paris

Timișoara

Clermont-Ferrand

Parma

London

Worcester

Salford

La Rochelle


Perpignan

La Rochelle

Newport

Paris

Treviso

Swansea

London

Sochi

Galway

Clermont-Ferrand


Grenoble

Agen

Northampton

Newport

Pau

Bordeaux

Salford

Worcester

Parma

Bristol

  

  

Salford

Worcester

La Rochelle

Clermont-Ferrand

  

  

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La Rochelle

  

  

Newcastle

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