Connacht reached the quarter-final stage of this season’s European Challenge Cup, but what lies ahead for them in the 2009/10 tournament? All will be revealed on Monday when the draw for the pool stages is made.
The draw for the composition of the pools for the 2009/10 European Challenge Cup will take place on Monday, June 15.
For the purposes of draw, the 20 qualified and invited teams will be divided into four tiers of five teams each, based on their European performances over the past four seasons.
The teams from each tier level will then be kept apart in the draw for the pools. IrishRugby.ie will have full details of the draw on Monday.
2009/10 European Challenge Cup Draw Format –
There are 20 participating clubs from six countries who will be drawn into five pools of four teams each
For the purpose of the draw, the 20 qualified and invited teams are ranked based on their ERC European rankings and are divided into four tiers of five.
Rankings are based on European performance over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup and knock-out stages of the European Challenge Cup
Each pool will have one team from each of the four tier levels
No two teams from the same country will be drawn in the same pool except for the sixth, seventh and eighth clubs from France (based on European ranking) who will be drawn into pools with another French team
2009/10 European Challenge Cup Teams and Tiers –
TIER 1: London Wasps, Saracens, Bourgoin, Worcester Warriors, Newcastle Falcons
TIER 2: Castres Olympique, Leeds Carnegie , Rugby Calvisano, CONNACHT, Montauban
TIER 3: Montpellier, Overmach Rugby Parma, Bayonne, Petrarca Rugby, Toulon
TIER 4: Rugby Rovigo, Racing-Metro 92, Albi, Bucuresti Oaks, Invite team 2 (Spain/Portugual (tbc))