2005–06 European Challenge Cup pool stage

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2005–06 European Challenge Cup pool stage
Season 2005–06 European Challenge Cup
Date 22 October 2005 - 22 January 2006
Qualifiers
Seed 1 England Gloucester
Seed 2 England Newcastle Falcons
Seed 3 England London Irish
Seed 4 England Northampton Saints
Seed 5 England Worcester Warriors
Seed 6 France Bayonne
Seed 7 Ireland Connacht
Seed 8 France Brive
2001–02
(Previous)
2006–07
(Next)

The 2005–06 European Challenge Cup pool stage was the opening stage of the 10th season of the European Challenge Cup, the second-tier competition for European rugby union clubs. It began with all twenty teams playing on 22 October 2005 and ended when Bristol hosted Narbonne on 22 January 2006.

Twenty teams participated in this phase of the competition; they were divided into five pools of four teams each, with each team playing the others home and away. Competition points were earned using the standard bonus point system. The five pool winners and the best three runners-up advanced to the knockout stage. These teams then competed in a single-elimination tournament that ended with the final at the Twickenham Stoop in London on 21 May 2006.

Results[edit]

All times are local to the game location.

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advance to quarterfinals. Seed # in parentheses
     Three highest-scoring second-place teams advance to quarterfinals. Seed # in parentheses

Pool 1[edit]

Team[1] P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Northampton Saints (4) 6 5 0 1 32 12 20 194 96 98 5 0 25
France Narbonne 6 4 0 2 16 11 5 125 113 12 2 0 18
England Bristol 6 3 0 3 26 21 5 203 150 53 3 1 16
Italy Viadana 6 0 0 6 9 39 −30 81 244 −163 0 1 1
22 October 2005[2]
15:00
Northampton Saints England 47 - 25 Italy Viadana
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 10,802
22 October 2005
18:30
Narbonne France 20 - 13 England Bristol

28 October 2005[3]
19:30
Viadana Italy 14 - 20 France Narbonne
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 500
30 October 2005
15:00
Bristol England 36 - 28 England Northampton Saints
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,662

9 December 2005[4]
19:30
Viadana Italy 23 - 39 England Bristol
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 600
10 December 2005
15:00
Northampton Saints England 32 - 20 France Narbonne
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 11,572

16 December 2005[5]
19:30
Narbonne France 7 - 22 England Northampton Saints
18 December 2005
15:00
Bristol England 89 - 5 Italy Viadana
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 4,426

14 January 2006[6]
15:00
Northampton Saints England 45 - 8 England Bristol
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,227
14 January 2006
18:30
Narbonne France 29 - 14 Italy Viadana

21 January 2006[7]
19:30
Viadana Italy 0 - 20 England Northampton Saints
22 January 2006
15:00
Bristol England 18 - 29 France Narbonne
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 4,762

Pool 2[edit]

Team[1] P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England London Irish (3) 6 6 0 0 32 11 21 239 81 158 3 0 27
France Agen 6 3 0 3 23 15 8 163 143 20 3 0 14
France Pau 6 2 0 4 12 19 −7 107 153 −46 2 1 11
Italy Overmach Parma 6 1 0 5 8 30 −22 74 206 −132 0 0 4
22 October 2005[2]
15:00
Overmach Parma Italy 23 - 50 France Agen
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 490
22 October 2005
18:30
Pau France 13 - 20 England London Irishÿ
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 5,800

29 October 2005[3]
18:30
Agen France 23 - 6 France Pau
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,000
30 October 2005
15:00
London Irish England 64 - 0 Italy Overmach Parma
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,760

10 December 2005[4]
18:30
Pau France 29 - 3 Italy Overmach Parma
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 2,000
11 December 2005
15:00
London Irish England 29 - 21 France Agen
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,452

17 December 2005[5]
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 20 - 11 France Pau
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 200
17 December 2005
18:30
Agen France 24 - 32 England London Irish
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 12,000

14 January 2006[6]
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 11 - 19 England London Irish
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 1,000
14 January 2006
18:30
Pau France 36 - 12 France Agen
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 4,000

21 January 2006[7]
14:00
London Irish England 75 - 12 France Pau
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,647
21 January 2006
15:00
Agen France 33 - 17 Italy Overmach Parma
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 5,000

Pool 3[edit]

Team[1] P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Gloucester (1) 6 6 0 0 49 6 43 331 53 278 5 0 29
France Bayonne (6) 6 4 0 2 31 11 20 202 93 109 4 0 20
Romania Bucureşti 6 1 0 5 7 40 −33 71 253 −182 0 1 5
France Toulon 6 1 0 5 9 39 −30 64 269 −205 0 1 5
22 October 2005[2]
15:00
Bucureşti Romania 16 - 20 France Toulon
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 500
22 October 2005
19:00
Bayonne France 10 - 26 England Gloucester
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 5,000

29 October 2005[3]
15:00
Gloucester England 106 - 3 Romania Bucureşti
Kingsholm
Attendance: 7,500
29 October 2005
18:30
Toulon France 19 - 28 France Bayonne
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 5,000

10 December 2005[4]
14:00
Bucureşti Romania 10 - 38 France Bayonne
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 600
10 December 2005
18:30
Toulon France 3 - 74 England Gloucester
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 4,200

16 December 2005[5]
19:30
Bayonne France 45 - 6 Romania Bucureşti
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 1,200
17 December 2005
15:00
Gloucester England 66 - 5 France Toulon
Kingsholm
Attendance: 9,037

13 January 2006[6]
19:00
Bayonne France 62 - 0 France Toulon
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 4,000
14 January 2006
14:00
Bucureşti Romania 13 - 27 England Gloucester
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 700

21 January 2006[7]
14:00
Gloucester England 32 - 19 France Bayonne
Kingsholm
Attendance: 8,000
21 January 2006
15:00
Toulon France 17 - 23 Romania Bucureşti
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 1,000

Pool 4[edit]

Team[1] P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Newcastle Falcons (2) 6 6 0 0 44 10 34 324 81 243 4 0 28
France Brive (8) 6 3 0 3 30 19 11 203 169 34 4 2 18
Scotland Borders 6 3 0 3 19 23 −4 155 177 −22 2 1 15
Italy L'Aquila 6 0 0 6 14 55 −41 103 358 −255 0 1 1
22 October 2005[2]
14:30
Newcastle Falcons England 51 - 19 France Brive
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,080
22 October 2005
15:00
L'Aquila Italy 25 - 32 Scotland Borders
Stadio Communale Frattem
Attendance: 1,000

29 October 2005[3]
18:30
Brive France 64 - 22 Italy L'Aquila
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 4,107
30 October 2005
16:00
Borders Scotland 11 - 26 England Newcastle Falcons
Netherdale
Attendance: 4,029

10 December 2005[4]
15:00
L'Aquila Italy 0 - 86 England Newcastle Falcons
Stadio Communale Frattem
Attendance: 1,000
11 December 2005
16:00
Borders Scotland 25 - 22 France Brive
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,050

17 December 2005[5]
18:30
Brive France 34 - 28 Scotland Borders
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 5,850
18 December 2005
14:30
Newcastle Falcons England 90 - 14 Italy L'Aquila
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,216

14 January 2006[6]
15:00
L'Aquila Italy 19 - 47 France Brive
Stadio Tommaso Fattori
Attendance: 800
15 January 2006
14:30
Newcastle Falcons England 47 - 20 Scotland Borders
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,866

21 January 2006[7]
14:00
Borders Scotland 39 - 23 Italy L'Aquila
Netherdale
Attendance: 923
21 January 2006
15:00
Brive France 17 - 24 England Newcastle Falcons
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 6,700

Pool 5[edit]

Team[1] P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Worcester Warriors (5) 6 5 0 1 24 12 12 181 103 78 3 1 25
Ireland Connacht (7) 6 4 0 2 25 14 11 190 119 71 3 1 20
Italy Catania 6 2 0 4 15 41 −26 116 257 −141 1 1 8
France Montpellier 6 1 0 5 26 23 3 170 178 −8 2 2 7
22 October 2005[2]
14:00
Worcester Warriors England 36 - 18 France Montpellier
Sixways
Attendance: 6,078
22 October 2005
14:30
Connacht Ireland 62 - 17 Italy Catania
Sportsground
Attendance: 600

28 October 2005[3]
19:30
Montpellier France 13 - 19 Ireland Connacht
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 2,000
29 October 2005
16:00
Catania Italy 14 - 19 England Worcester Warriors

9 December 2005[4]
19:30
Montpellier France 74 - 12 Italy Catania
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 1,000
10 December 2005
14:00
Worcester Warriors England 30 - 20 Ireland Connacht
Sixways
Attendance: 6,137

17 December 2005[5]
14:00
Connacht Ireland 22 - 21 England Worcester Warriors
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,200
18 December 2005
15:00
Catania Italy 37 - 34 France Montpellier

14 January 2006[6]
14:00
Connacht Ireland 43 - 10 France Montpellier
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,500
14 January 2006
14:00
Worcester Warriors England 44 - 8 Italy Catania
Sixways
Attendance: 600

20 January 2006[7]
19:30
Catania Italy 28 - 24 Ireland Connacht
20 January 2006
19:30
Montpellier France 21 - 31 England Worcester Warriors
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 2,500

Seeding and runners-up[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/-
1 England Gloucester 29 49 +278
2 England Newcastle Falcons 28 44 +243
3 England London Irish 27 32 +158
4 England Northampton Saints 25 32 +98
5 England Worcester Warriors 25 24 +78
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/-
6 France Bayonne 20 31 +109
7 Ireland Connacht 20 25 +71
8 France Brive 18 30 +34
- France Narbonne 18 16 +12
- France Agen 14 16 +20

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