EPCR confirm tier seedings for next week’s Heineken Champions Cup pool draw.
11 June 2018
The Cherry and Whites are returning to the top tier of European Rugby for the upcoming 2018/19 season, and European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have confirmed their seeding for the pool draw which takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland next Wednesday (20 June).
This key event at the iconic Olympic Museum will get underway with the draw for the 2018/19 Challenge Cup pools at 2.00pm (UK and Irish time) and the draw for the Heineken Champions Cup pools will follow immediately.
Both draws will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com and on official tournament Facebook channels.
The event comperes will be Sarra Elgan (BT Sport) and Raphaël Ibañez (France Télévisions), with Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS) and Austin Healey (BT Sport) conducting the draws.
Twenty clubs from Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the Guinness PRO14 and the TOP 14 have qualified on merit for the Heineken Champions Cup.
The clubs will be divided into four tiers of five and a preliminary draw will be conducted to establish Tier 1 with two of the three second-ranked clubs – Exeter Chiefs, Scarlets and Montpellier – joining Heineken Champions Cup and PRO14 winners, Leinster, Premiership winners, Saracens, and TOP 14 winners, Castres, in the top tier.
Once Tier 1 has been established, the remaining three tiers will fall into place. Tier 2 will include the three third-ranked clubs from the leagues – Wasps, Glasgow Warriors and Racing 92 – as well as the second-ranked club which was not drawn into Tier 1 and the fourth-ranked club from the same league as the club which was not drawn into Tier 1.
Tier 3 will include the two clubs ranked fourth which are not in Tier 2 as well as the three fifth-ranked clubs from each league – Leicester Tigers, Edinburgh Rugby and Toulouse.
Tier 4 is complete and contains the sixth-ranked clubs from each league – Bath Rugby, Challenge Cup winners, Cardiff Blues, and RC Toulon – as well as Ulster Rugby and Gloucester Rugby.
When the tiers are completed, the main draw for the five pools will be made, and during the draw, some clubs may have to be placed directly into a pool in order to ensure that the key principles apply.
Click HERE for a detailed explanation of the Heineken Champions Cup pool draw
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