2000–01 European Challenge Cup

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2000–01 European Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 6 October 1999 - 20 May 2001
Tournament statistics
Top point scorer(s) Barry Everitt (London Irish)
(119 points)
Top try scorer(s) Pépito Elhorga (Agen)
(8 tries)
Final
Champions England NEC Harlequins (1st title)
Runner-up France Narbonne
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
1999–2000 (Previous) (Next) 2001–02

The 2000–01 European Challenge Cup was the fifth year of the European Challenge Cup, the second tier rugby union cup competition below the Heineken Cup. The tournament was held between October 2000 and May 2001.

Pool stage[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Newcastle Falcons 6 5 0 1 27 10 17 234 99 135 10
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 5 0 1 17 11 6 157 97 60 10
France Bordeaux-Begles 6 2 0 4 17 14 3 136 152 −16 4
Wales Cross Keys 6 0 0 6 7 33 −26 60 239 −179 0

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Béziers 6 5 0 1 14 10 4 151 112 39 10
France Montferrand 6 4 0 2 23 9 14 201 107 94 8
Wales Neath 6 2 0 4 16 23 −7 151 192 −41 4
IrelandConnacht 6 1 0 5 4 15 −11 60 152 −92 2

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Perpignan 6 4 0 2 20 9 11 187 105 82 8
England Rotherham Titans 6 4 0 2 13 19 −6 122 136 −14 8
Wales Bridgend RFC 6 2 0 4 15 16 −1 144 166 −22 4
France Grenoble 6 2 0 4 12 16 −4 120 166 −46 4

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France SU Agen 6 5 0 1 37 5 32 259 91 168 10
England Sale Sharks 6 4 0 2 16 18 −2 178 155 23 8
France Auch 6 2 1 3 16 21 −5 134 185 −51 5
Wales Caerphilly 6 0 1 5 11 36 −25 128 268 −140 1

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England NEC Harlequins 6 5 0 1 22 8 14 188 80 108 10
France Dax 6 5 0 1 17 10 7 152 103 49 10
Wales Ebbw Vale 6 1 0 5 13 18 −5 120 151 −31 2
France Périgueux 6 1 0 5 9 25 −16 94 220 −126 2

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England London Irish 6 5 0 1 25 13 12 254 106 148 10
France Brive 6 5 0 1 23 11 12 184 143 41 10
France Aurillac 6 2 0 4 20 17 3 155 179 −24 4
Italy Piacenza 6 0 0 6 10 37 −27 90 255 −165 0

Pool 7[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Mont de Marsan 6 5 0 1 22 8 14 177 113 64 10
France La Rochelle 6 3 1 2 21 11 10 167 113 54 7
England Bristol Shoguns 6 3 1 2 17 16 1 199 147 52 7
Italy Rugby Parma 6 0 0 6 12 37 −25 92 262 −170 0

Pool 8[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Narbonne 4 3 1 0 13 9 4 124 76 48 7
France Bourgoin 4 2 1 1 13 6 7 104 83 21 5
Italy Rugby Viadana 4 0 0 4 8 19 −11 78 147 −69 0

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter finals[edit]

27 January 2001
SU Agen France 31 – 0 France Béziers
28 January 2001
Brive France 13 – 20 England NEC Harlequins
28 January 2001
Newcastle Falcons England 61 – 23 France Mont de Marsan
Kingston Park
Attendance: 2,500

Semi finals[edit]

21 April 2001
Narbonne France 22 – 15 France SU Agen
Stade Ernest Wallon
Attendance: 12,000
22 April 2001
NEC Harlequins England 17 – 12 England Newcastle Falcons
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 6,000

Final[edit]

20 May 2001
NEC Harlequins England 42 – 33 France Narbonne
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 11,211

See also[edit]