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European cups draw

Post by fleabane » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:09 am

The draws for the composition of the pools for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will take place at the Centre de Congrès Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday 19 June.

The key event which starts at 13.00 (UK and Irish time) will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com . The draw for the Challenge Cup pools will be followed immediately by the pool draw for the Heineken Champions Cup at approximately 13.20.

The following clubs have qualified for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup:

Gallagher Premiership Rugby – Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, Northampton Saints, Harlequins, Bath Rugby, Sale Sharks
Guinness PRO14 – Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Munster Rugby, Ulster Rugby, Connacht Rugby, Benetton Rugby, Ospreys
TOP 14 – Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Lyon, La Rochelle, Racing 92, Montpellier

The following clubs have qualified for the 2019/20 Challenge Cup:

TOP 14 – Castres Olympique, Stade Francais Paris, RC Toulon, Bordeaux-Bègles, Pau, Agen, Bayonne, Brive
Gallagher Premiership Rugby – Wasps, Bristol Bears, Worcester Warriors, Leicester Tigers, London Irish
Guinness PRO14 – Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Edinburgh Rugby, Dragons, Zebre Rugby Club
Qualifiers from Continental Shield – Enisei-STM, Rugby Calvisano

The event comperes in Lausanne will be Sarra Elgan (BT Sport) and Matthieu Lartot (France Télévisions) with Bryan Habana (Channel 4) and Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS) conducting the draws.

Event: Pool Draws for the Challenge Cup and Heineken Champions Cup
Date: Wednesday 19 June
Time: 13.00 (UK and Irish time) Challenge Cup draw followed by the Heineken Champions Cup draw at 13.20 approximately
Venue: Centre de Congrès Beaulieu Lausanne, Avenue des Bergières 10, Lausanne 1004, Switzerland
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Re: European cups draw

Post by kpj tiger » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:21 pm

So we get Cardiff, Pau and Calvisano, that should be a winnable group

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Re: European cups draw

Post by JP14 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:28 pm

Good group, we shouldn’t take Pau or Cardiff lightly and should really focus on winning the competition next year.
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Re: European cups draw

Post by happywomble » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:30 pm

European Rugby Challenge Cup
Pool 1: Castres Olympique, Worcester Warriors, Dragons, Enisei-STM
Pool 2: Scarlets, RC Toulon, London Irish, Bayonne
Pool 3: Wasps, Edinburgh Rugby, Bordeaux-Begles, Agen
Pool 4: Stade Francais Paris, Bristol Bears, Zebre Rugby Club, Brive
Pool 5: Cardiff Blues, Leicester Tigers, Pau, Rugby Calvisano

Pool 3 looks hardest. Pool 4 isn't easy either.

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Caerlyr Osprey » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:37 pm

Just remember a trip to Calvisano can double as trip to either Lake Garda or Verona :smt046
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Re: European cups draw

Post by Scott1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:43 pm

What a gift! Absolutely no excuse not to win this group now

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Scott1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:50 pm

Pool 1: Leinster, Lyon, Northampton Saints, Benetton Rugby
Pool 2: Exeter Chiefs, Glasgow Warriors, La Rochelle, Sale Sharks
Pool 3: Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Harlequins, Bath
Pool 4: Saracens, Munster, Racing 92, Ospreys
Pool 5: Toulouse, Gloucester, Connacht, Montpellier

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Scott1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:52 pm

Not bad for English clubs,could get 4 qualifying out of that.

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Robespierre » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:30 pm

Tigers should be pleased with that draw, although away wins in Cardiff and Pau will not be easy.

Pau didn't have the best of seasons in the Top14 and finished 11th but nonetheless will be a tough nut to crack in their home stadium.

For travelling to Pau, there are two airports in the region, Tarbes/Lourdes which is about 40 minutes drive to Pau (although I don't think there are daily flights from with Ryanair from Stansted ), and Biarritz (also with Ryanair from Stansted) which is about 90 minutes drive to Pau.
There's a direct rain from Bayonne (very close to Biarritz airport) to Pau
You can also go by train to Pau from Paris Montparnasse. There are direct trains but sometimes a change in either Bordeaux or Dax is necessary.
For me, Pau is about 1h40 by car, so all being well, I'll be going!

The Pau club is known as "Section Paloise". I believe the name comes from and old sporting club in Pau in the early 1900s and the rugby part of the club became known as the "Section", as in English and the word "Palois" means an inhabitant of Pau.
For more information, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_Paloise
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Re: European cups draw

Post by JP14 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:41 pm

Pau have the likes of Steffon Armitage, Peter Saili and Frank Halai in their ranks as well as the incoming Ben Smith and Luke Whitelock, they’re not to be sniffed at especially away.
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Re: European cups draw

Post by BigDan50 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:29 pm

We have the easiest group to get out of, if we fail to win that group our players and coaches will need to have a good look at themselves.

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Scott1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:45 pm

JP14 wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Pau have the likes of Steffon Armitage, Peter Saili and Frank Halai in their ranks as well as the incoming Ben Smith and Luke Whitelock, they’re not to be sniffed at especially away.
Iirc I don't think Pau really bother with the CC and concentrate on the league,could be wrong though. Either way it's arguably the easiest groups,no excuses imo.

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Knightonian » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:49 pm

So when do they set the fixture dates and do they normally move like the other European Competition

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Re: European cups draw

Post by Scott1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:06 pm

Round 1: 15/16/17 November 2019
Round 2: 22/23/24 November 2019
Round 3: 6/7/8 December 2019
Round 4: 13/14/15 December 2019
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020
Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2020
Semi-finals: 1/2/3 May 2020

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Challenge Cup final – Friday 22 May
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Re: European cups draw

Post by johnthegriff » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:58 pm

Great memories of the last trip to Pau and the party with the players in the Black Bear after our victory.

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