About

EPCR CHALLENGE CUP

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) is the organiser of the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup. EPCR’s mission is to create outstanding rugby experiences for all key stakeholders, including leagues, clubs, players, match officials, unions, fans, broadcast and commercial partners, communities and the media. Toulon from France won the title for the 2022/23 season, with two sides from South Africa, the Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs, taking part in the competition.

The history

Established in 2014 with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, EPCR has the following members: Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), Premier Rugby Ltd (PRL), PRO Rugby Championship DAC (URC), Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup tournaments feature clubs which have qualified on merit from their respective domestic leagues – Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the TOP 14 and the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

EPCR Challenge Cup 2023_24 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Gloucester Rugby
4 4 0 0 99 52 47 9 7 17
2
Hollywoodbets Sharks
4 3 1 0 141 53 88 21 6 17
3
Benetton
4 3 1 0 147 87 60 19 12 15
4
ASM Clermont Auvergne
4 3 1 0 122 66 56 17 7 15
5
Montpellier Hérault Rugby
4 3 1 0 94 54 40 15 7 14
6
Ospreys
4 3 1 0 111 103 8 15 14 14
7
Section Paloise
4 3 1 0 90 113 -23 10 15 12
8
Edinburgh
4 2 2 0 103 92 11 15 12 11
9
Toyota Cheetahs
4 2 2 0 112 105 7 14 13 11
10
Emirates Lions
4 2 2 0 94 76 18 10 8 10
11
Castres Olympique
4 2 2 0 88 91 -3 13 10 10
12
Zebre Parma
4 2 2 0 83 92 -9 11 9 10
13
Dragons RFC
4 1 3 0 71 80 -9 7 12 7
14
Oyonnax
4 1 3 0 56 110 -54 8 16 6
15
Black Lion
4 1 3 0 42 86 -44 3 10 5
16
Newcastle Falcons
4 1 3 0 82 139 -57 8 20 5
17
Ulster
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18
Connacht
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19
Aviron Bayonnais
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20
Sale Sharks
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21
Scarlets
4 0 4 0 59 126 -67 7 18 0
22
USAP
4 0 4 0 45 114 -69 4 10 0

Pool 1
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Hollywoodbets Sharks
4 3 1 0 141 53 88 21 6 17
2
Section Paloise
4 3 1 0 90 113 -23 10 15 12
3
Toyota Cheetahs
4 2 2 0 112 105 7 14 13 11
4
Zebre Parma
4 2 2 0 83 92 -9 11 9 10
5
Dragons RFC
4 1 3 0 71 80 -9 7 12 7
6
Oyonnax
4 1 3 0 56 110 -54 8 16 6

Pool 2
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Benetton
4 3 1 0 147 87 60 19 12 15
2
Montpellier Hérault Rugby
4 3 1 0 94 54 40 15 7 14
3
Ospreys
4 3 1 0 111 103 8 15 14 14
4
Emirates Lions
4 2 2 0 94 76 18 10 8 10
5
Newcastle Falcons
4 1 3 0 82 139 -57 8 20 5
6
USAP
4 0 4 0 45 114 -69 4 10 0

Pool 3
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Gloucester Rugby
4 4 0 0 99 52 47 9 7 17
2
ASM Clermont Auvergne
4 3 1 0 122 66 56 17 7 15
3
Edinburgh
4 2 2 0 103 92 11 15 12 11
4
Castres Olympique
4 2 2 0 88 91 -3 13 10 10
5
Black Lion
4 1 3 0 42 86 -44 3 10 5
6
Scarlets
4 0 4 0 59 126 -67 7 18 0

FIXTURES

Gloucester Rugby

05 Apr | Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

21:00

Castres Olympique

ASM Clermont Auvergne

06 Apr | Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont

13:30

Toyota Cheetahs

Benetton

06 Apr | Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso

18:30

Emirates Lions

Ospreys

06 Apr | Dunraven Brewery Field, Bridgend

21:00

Sale Sharks

Edinburgh

06 Apr | Hive Stadium, Edinburgh

21:00

Aviron Bayonnais

RESULTS

21 Jan|Rodney Parade, Newport

Dragons RFC

9 - 29

Hollywoodbets Sharks

21 Jan|Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Emirates Lions

28 - 38

Ospreys

21 Jan|Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan

USAP

23 - 32

Newcastle Falcons

20 Jan|Stade Charles-Mathon, Oyonnax

Oyonnax

28 - 27

Toyota Cheetahs

20 Jan|Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso

Benetton

27 - 19

Montpellier Hérault Rugby