European Challenge Cup draw – How it works.

Who would you like to see Warriors play in Europe next season?!

Well, there’s not long till you find out Warriors’ opponents as the draw for the 2016/17 European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup takes place on Wednesday 29 June (1pm start). 

Last season saw Warriors pooled up with French side La Rochelle, Italian outfit Zebre Rugby and local rivals Gloucester Rugby – but where will they be heading on their travels this season?

You can see both draws on Sky Sports News, beIN Sports and Infosport+ and streamed live on www.epcrugby.com.

Here’s how the draw works:

For the purposes of creating the tiers, the clubs are ranked based on their finishing positions in the Premiership, TOP 14, PRO12, PRO D2 and Greene King IPA Championship leagues, or on their qualification from the Qualifying Competition.
 

Rank Premiership TOP 14 PRO12
1 Harlequins Brive Cardiff Blues
2 Gloucester Rugby La Rochelle Ospreys
3 Bath Rugby Grenoble Edinburgh Rugby
4 Worcester Warriors Pau Newport Gwent Dragons
5 Newcastle Falcons Stade Francais Paris Bennetton Treviso
6 Bristol Rugby Lyon  
7   Bayonne  

Qualifying Competition
Enisei-STM (Russia)
Timisoara Saracens (Romania)

Pool draws – key principles 
•    The 20 clubs are divided into four tiers based on their qualification position from their leagues. This will be done where necessary by a draw. 
•    The 20 clubs will then be divided into five pools of four clubs each. 
•    Each pool will have at least one club from each of the three leagues. 
•    Each of the five pools will have one club from each of the four tiers.
•    There will be no more than two clubs from the same league in a pool. 
•    No pool will contain two PRO12 clubs from the same country. 
•    Clubs from the same league will be kept apart until the allocation of the Tier 4 clubs. 

EPCR weekends – 2016/17 Season 
Round 1: 13/14/15/16 October 
Round 2: 20/21/22/23 October 
Round 3: 8/9/10/11 December 
Round 4: 15/16/17/18 December 
Round 5: 12/13/14/15 January 2017 
Round 6: 19/20/21/22 January 2017 
Quarter-finals: 30/31 March – 1/2 April 2017 
Semi-finals: 21/22/23 April 2017 
Final: Edinburgh 2017 European Rugby Challenge Cup final: Friday 12 May, BT Murrayfield Stadium