2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage

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2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage
Season 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup
Date October 2014 – January 2015
Qualifiers
2013–14
(Previous)
2015–16
(Next)

The 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage is the first stage of the 20th season of European club rugby union, and the first to be organised under the new European Rugby Champions Cup format, which replaced the Heineken Cup as the top European competition for clubs.

It will involve 20 teams competing, across 5 pools of 4 teams, for 8 quarter-final places - which will be awarded to the 5 pool winners and the 3 top-ranked pool runners-up.

The pool stage will begin in October 2014, and is expected to be completed in January 2015.

Seeding[edit]

The 20 teams have been seeded through a new system based on a clubs performance in their domestic league for previous season alone, whereas the previous tournament, the Heineken Cup, seeded teams based on performance in European Competition over 4 previous seasons.

  • English teams were seeded by performance in the 2013–14 Aviva Premiership. Clubs seeding was based on regular season competition (Rounds 1 - 22) only.
  • French teams were seeded by performance in the 2013–14 Top 14. Clubs have been seeded based on performance in the regular season and subsequent play-off phase
  • Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams were seeded by performance in the 2013–14 Pro12. Clubs have been seeded based on performance in the regular season and subsequent play-offs.

Where teams are being seeded based on play-off performance, if teams were eliminated in the same round of a knock-out tournament, their league position at the end of the regular season determined which team receives a higher seed.

Rank Top 14 Premiership Pro 12
1 France Toulon England Saracens Ireland Leinster Rugby
2 France Castres Olympique England Northampton Saints Scotland Glasgow Warriors
3 France Montpellier England Leicester Tigers Ireland Munster
4 France Racing Métro England Harlequins Ireland Ulster
5 France Clermont England Bath Wales Ospreys
6 France Toulouse England Sale Sharks Wales Scarlets
7 England Wasps Italy Benetton Treviso

Teams were then placed into 4 Tiers, each containing 5 teams, based on their seeding. A draw determined which two second seeded teams completed Tier 1, and based on this, the fourth seeded teams were allocated to either Tier 2 and Tier 3.

The brackets show each teams seeding and their league (for example, 1 Top 14 indicates the team has been seeded 1st from the Top 14).

Tier 1 Ireland Leinster (1 Pro12) England Saracens (1 AP) France Toulon (1 Top 14) England Northampton Saints (2 AP) Scotland Glasgow Warriors (2 Pro12)
Tier 2 France Castres Olympique (2 Top 14) Ireland Munster (3 Pro12) England Leicester Tigers (3 AP) France Montpellier (3 Top 14) France Racing Métro (4 Top14)
Tier 3 England Harlequins (4 AP) Ireland Ulster (4 Pro12) Wales Ospreys (5 Pro12) England Bath (5 AP) France Clermont (5 Top 14)
Tier 4 Wales Scarlets (6 Pro12) England Sale Sharks (6 AP) France Toulouse (6 Top 14) England Wasps (7 Play-off) Italy Benetton Treviso (7 Pro12)

Pool stage[edit]

The draw took place on 10 June 2014, at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchâtel.[1][2]

Teams will play each other twice, both at home and away, in the group stage, that will begin on the weekend of 17/18/19 October 2014, and continue through to 23/24/25 January 2015, before the pool winners and three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals.[3]

Fixtures were be announced on Thursday 14 August 2014.[4]

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advance to quarter-finals.
     Three highest-scoring second-place teams advance to quarter-finals.

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
England Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland Munster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France Clermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Sale Sharks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 October 2014
13:00
Sale Sharks England v Ireland Munster
18 October 2014
15:15
Saracens England v France Clermont

24 October 2014
19:45
Munster Ireland v England Saracens
26 October 2014
16:15
Clermont France v England Sale Sharks

5/6/7 December 2014
Munster Ireland v France Clermont

5/6/7 December 2014
Sale Sharks England v England Saracens


12/13/14 December 2014
Clermont France v Ireland Munster

12/13/14 December 2014
Saracens England v England Sale Sharks


16/17/18 January 2015
Sale Sharks England v France Clermont

16/17/18 January 2015
Saracens England v Ireland Munster


23/24/25 January 2015
Clermont France v England Saracens

23/24/25 January 2015
Munster Ireland v England Sale Sharks

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France Castres Olympique 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Harlequins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Wasps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 October 2014
19:45
Harlequins England v France Castres Olympique
19 October 2014
17:15
Leinster Ireland v England Wasps

26 October 2014
17:15
Wasps England v England Harlequins

5/6/7 December 2014
Castres Olympique France v England Wasps

5/6/7 December 2014
Harlequins England v Ireland Leinster


12/13/14 December 2014
Wasps England v France Castres Olympique

12/13/14 December 2014
Leinster Ireland v England Harlequins


16/17/18 January 2015
Harlequins England v England Wasps

16/17/18 January 2015
Leinster Ireland v France Castres Olympique


23/24/25 January 2015
Castres Olympique France v England Harlequins

23/24/25 January 2015
Wasps England v Ireland Leinster

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
France Toulon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Leicester Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland Ulster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales Scarlets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 October 2014
19:45
Leicester Tigers England v Ireland Ulster
19 October 2014
16:15
Toulon France v Wales Scarlets

25 October 2014
13:00
Ulster Ireland v France Toulon
25 October 2014
19:45
Scarlets Wales v England Leicester Tigers

5/6/7 December 2014
Leicester Tigers England v France Toulon

5/6/7 December 2014
Ulster Ireland v Wales Scarlets


12/13/14 December 2014
Toulon France v England Leicester Tigers

12/13/14 December 2014
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Ulster


16/17/18 January 2015
Leicester Tigers England v Wales Scarlets

16/17/18 January 2015
Toulon France v Ireland Ulster


23/24/25 January 2015
Scarlets Wales v France Toulon

23/24/25 January 2015
Ulster Ireland v England Leicester Tigers

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France Montpellier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Bath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France Toulouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 October 2014
15:15
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v England Bath
19 October 2014
14:00
Toulouse France v France Montpellier

25 October 2014
15:15
Bath England v France Toulouse
25 October 2014
17:15
Montpellier France v Scotland Glasgow Warriors

5/6/7 December 2014
Montpellier France v England Bath

5/6/7 December 2014
Toulouse France v Scotland Glasgow Warriors


12/13/14 December 2014
Bath England v France Montpellier

12/13/14 December 2014
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v France Toulouse


16/17/18 January 2015
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v France Montpellier

16/17/18 January 2015
Toulouse France v England Bath


23/24/25 January 2015
Bath England v Scotland Glasgow Warriors

23/24/25 January 2015
Montpellier France v France Toulouse

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
England Northampton Saints 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France Racing Métro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales Ospreys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy Benetton Treviso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 October 2014
13:00
Ospreys Wales v Italy Benetton Treviso


5/6/7 December 2014
Benetton Treviso Italy v England Northampton Saints

5/6/7 December 2014
Ospreys Wales v France Racing Métro 92


12/13/14 December 2014
Northampton Saints England v Italy Benetton Treviso

12/13/14 December 2014
Racing Métro 92 France v Wales Ospreys


16/17/18 January 2015
Ospreys Wales v England Northampton Saints

16/17/18 January 2015
Racing Métro 92 France v Italy Benetton Treviso


23/24/25 January 2015
Benetton Treviso Italy v Wales Ospreys

23/24/25 January 2015
Northampton Saints England v France Racing Métro 92

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