The format confirmed by the EPCR

The EPCR confirmed on Monday the format of the European Cups next season, which will be marked by the arrival of South African teams. Eight Top 14 teams will play in the Champions Cup and six in the Challenge Cup.

On May 10, the EPCR unveiled part of the format of its European Cups for next season. This Monday, the body that manages European club competitions confirmed the planned format. It will be identical to that of this season in the Champions Cup, but the round of 16 will be played over a dry match, at the end of March-beginning of April, and not back and forth, as was the case this year, which had led a little spice. In the Champions Cup, the clubs will be divided into two pools of twelve, with four matches to be played per team, but not against a team from their league. The first eight will qualify for the final phase, and the ninth and tenth will be donated to the Challenge Cup. In Challenge Cup precisely, change of format, since the twenty clubs will be divided into two pools of ten, and the first six of each group will play the final phase. The great novelty of this season will be, as announced a few days ago, the arrival of five South African teams: the Stormers, the Bulls and the Sharks in the Champions Cup, and the Lions and the Cheetahs in the Challenge Cup. The draw for both competitions will take place on June 28 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where the finals will be held in May 2023.

CLUBS QUALIFIED FOR CHAMPIONS CUP 2022/2023
TOP 14: Castres Olympique, Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Toulousain, 5) Stade Rochelais, 6) Racing 92, 7) ASM Clermont Auvergne, 8) Lyon
Gallagher Premiership: Leicester Tigers, Saracens, 3) Harlequins, 4) Northampton Saints, 5) Gloucester Rugby, 6) Sale Sharks, 7) Exeter Chiefs, 8) London Irish
United Rugby Championship: Stormers, Bulls, 3) Leinster Rugby, 4) Ulster Rugby, 5) Sharks, 6) Munster Rugby, 7) Edinburgh Rugby, 8) Ospreys

CLUBS QUALIFIED FOR THE EPCR CHALLENGE CUP 2022/2023
United Rugby Championship: 1) Glasgow Warriors, 2) Scarlets, 3) Connacht Rugby, 4) Lions, 5) Benetton Rugby, 6) Cardiff Rugby, 7) Dragons, 8) Zebre Parma
TOP 14: 1) RC Toulon, 2) Section Paloise, 3) Stade Français Paris, 4) CA Brive, 5) Aviron Bayonnais, 6) USAP
Gallagher Premiership: 1) Wasps, 2) Bristol Bears, 3) Worcester Warriors, 4) Newcastle Falcons, 5) Bath Rugby
Guests: Cheetahs

Dates of the 2022/2023 season
Day 1: 9/10/11 December 2022
Day 2: 16/17/18 December 2022
Day 3: 13/14/15 January 2023
Day 4: 20/21/22 January 2023
Round of 16: March 31/April 1/2, 2023
Quarter-finals: 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-finals: 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup Final: Friday May 19, 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Champions Cup Final: Saturday May 20, 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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