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2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage

2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage
Season 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup
Date 13 November 2015 – 24 January 2016
Qualifiers
2014–15
(Previous)
2016–17
(Next)

The 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage will be the first stage of the 21st season of European club rugby union, and the second under the European Rugby Champions Cup format.

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

The pool stage begins on the weekend of 13–14 November 2015, and will be completed on the weekend of 23–25 January 2016.

Contents

  • Seeding 1
  • Pool stage 2
    • Pool 1 2.1
    • Pool 2 2.2
    • Pool 3 2.3
    • Pool 4 2.4
    • Pool 5 2.5
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Seeding

Twenty teams were seeded based on their performance in the three major European domestic leagues - the Aviva Premiership, the Pro12 and the Top 14. Teams were seeded based on their performance in the regular season, and, where applicable, subsequent play-off to determine a league champion. Where 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 received a higher seed.

Rank Top 14 Premiership Pro 12
1 Stade Français Saracens Glasgow Warriors
2 Clermont Bath Munster
3 Toulon Northampton Saints Ospreys
4 Toulouse Leicester Tigers Ulster
5 Racing Exeter Chiefs Leinster
6 Oyonnax Wasps Scarlets
7 Bordeaux Bègles 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.[1]

The brackets show each team's seeding and their league (for example, 1 Top 14 indicates the team was seeded 1st from the Top 14).

Tier 1 Saracens (1 AP) Glasgow Warriors (1 Pro12) Stade Français (1 Top 14) Clermont (2 Top 14) Bath (2 AP)
Tier 2 Munster (2 Pro12) Northampton Saints (3 AP) Ospreys (3 Pro12) Toulon (3 Top 14) Ulster (4 Pro12)
Tier 3 Toulouse (4 Top 14) Leicester Tigers (4 AP) Exeter Chiefs (5 AP) Leinster (5 Pro12) Racing (5 Top 14)
Tier 4 Scarlets (6 Pro12) Wasps (6 AP) Oyonnax (6 Top 14) Benetton Treviso (7 Pro12) Bordeaux Bègles (Play-Off)

Pool stage

The draw took place on 17 June 2015, at the Château de Neuchâtel, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

During the pool stage, the teams will play the 3 other teams in their pool twice, both at home and away,[2] Based on the result of the match, teams receive:[3]

  • 4 points for a win,
  • 2 points for a draw,
  • 1 attacking bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match,
  • 1 defensive bonus point for losing a match by seven points or less.

Following the pool stage, the five winners from each group progress to the quarter-finals, along with the three best pool runners-up from the competition. In the event of a tie between two or more teams from the same pool, the following criteria were used as tie-breakers:[3]

  1. The club with the greater number of competition points from only matches involving tied teams.
  2. If equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches.
  3. If equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches.

If this did not separate teams, and/or the tie related to teams that did not played each other (i.e., in different pools), the following tie breakers were used:

  1. If equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from the pool stage.
  2. The club that scored the most tries in the pool stage.
  3. If equal, the club with the fewest players suspended in the pool stage.
  4. If equal, the drawing of lots will determine a club's ranking.

Fixtures are yet to be announced for the competition.

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

Pool 1

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ulster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Toulouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oyonnax 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 November 2015
14:00
Oyonnax v Ulster
14 November 2015
17:15
Saracens v Toulouse

20 November 2015
19:45
Ulster v Saracens
21 November 2015
16:15
Toulouse v Oyonnax

11 December 2015
19:45
Ulster v Toulouse
13 December 2015
14:00
Oyonnax v Saracens

19 December 2015
13:00
Saracens v Oyonnax
20 December 2015
14:00
Toulouse v Ulster

15/16/17 January 2016
Oyonnax v Toulouse
15/16/17 January 2016
Saracens v Ulster

22/23/24 January 2016
Toulouse v Saracens
22/23/24 January 2016
Ulster v Oyonnax

Pool 2

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Clermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ospreys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bordeaux Bègles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 November 2015
14:00
Bordeaux Bègles v Clermont
15 November 2015
17:15
Ospreys v Exeter Chiefs

21 November 2015
19:45
Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux Bègles
22 November 2015
14:00
Clermont v Ospreys

12 December 2015
17:15
Ospreys v Bordeaux Bègles
12 December 2015
17:15
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont

19 December 2015
18:15
Bordeaux Bègles v Ospreys
20 December 2015
16:15
Clermont v Exeter Chiefs

15/16/17 January 2016
Ospreys v Clermont

22/23/24 January 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Ospreys

Pool 3

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Glasgow Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northampton Saints 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scarlets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

21 November 2015
17:15
Scarlets v Racing 92

12 December 2015
13:00
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

19 December 2015
19:45
Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors

15/16/17 January 2016
Racing 92 v Scarlets

22/23/24 January 2016
Scarlets v Northampton Saints
22/23/24 January 2016
Glasgow Warriors v Racing 92

Pool 4

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Stade Français 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Munster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leicester Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benetton Treviso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 November 2015
19:45
Leicester Tigers v Stade Français
14 November 2015
17:15
Munster v Benetton Treviso

22 November 2015
16:15
Stade Français v Munster

12 December 2015
19:45
Munster v Leicester Tigers

20 December 2015
17:15
Leicester Tigers v Munster

15/16/17 January 2016
Munster v Stade Français

Pool 5

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
Bath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Toulon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leinster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wasps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


15 November 2015
13:00
Leinster v Wasps
15 November 2015
16:15
Toulon v Bath

21 November 2015
15:15
Bath v Leinster
22 November 2015
17:15
Wasps v Toulon

13 December 2015
16:15
Toulon v Leinster
13 December 2015
17:15
Wasps v Bath

19 December 2015
15:15
Bath v Wasps
19 December 2015
17:15
Leinster v Toulon

15/16/17 January 2016
Leinster v Bath
15/16/17 January 2016
Toulon v Wasps

22/23/24 January 2016
Wasps v Leinster
22/23/24 January 2016
Bath v Toulon

See also

References

  1. ^ European Rugby Pool Draws for 2015/16 season - EPCRugby.com
  2. ^ EPCRugby.com - European heavyweights to clash following 2015/16 Pool Draws
  3. ^ a b [2]
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