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EPCR announces revised format for European competitions

Posted On: 22 Apr 2021   |   Posted By: Planet Rugby

The EPCR have confirmed that the Champions Cup will go to straight to a round of 16 after tournament organisers announced the revised format for the knockout phase.
The last two rounds of the group stages were aborted when the French government blocked its Top 14 teams from taking part in cross-border competition due to coronavirus fears.
The round of 16 will be staged on the weekend of April 2-4 with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in Marseille taking place as scheduled.
A draw made up of the eight highest-ranked clubs in Pool A and Pool B at the time of last month's suspension will be held on March 9 to determine the line up for the next two rounds.
Teams from the same league cannot be drawn against one another and those sides that won both pool games on the field - Wasps, Racing 92, Leinster, Bordeaux-Begles and Munster - are guaranteed a home match in the round of 16.
For the Challenge Cup, the eight highest-ranked clubs from the preliminary stage at the time of the suspension and the eight...

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