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European Rugby Champions Cup 2019-20


The 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup (known as the Heineken Champions Cup for sponsorship reasons) is the 6th period of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the yearly club rugby association rivalry run by European Professional Club Rugby (ECPR) for groups from the main six countries in European rugby. It will be the 25th period of dish European expert club rugby rivalry.

The competition started on 15 November 2019. The last will occur at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

Tournament details
Countries England

France

Ireland

Italy

Scotland

Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date 15 November 2019 – 17 October 2020
Tournament statistics
Teams 20
Matches played 60
Attendance 779,079 (12,985 per match)
Highest Attendance 42,041 – Leinster v Northampton Saints
14 December 2019
Lowest Attendance 3,114 – Bennetton v Lyon
14 December 2019
Tries scored 333 (5.55 per match)
Top point scorer(s) John Cooney
71 points
Top try scorer(s) Teddy Thomas (Racing 92)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
6 tries each
Final
Venue Stade de Marseille, Marseille

Heineken Champions Cup Tournament Details

Sport Rugby union
Inaugural season 1995–96 as Heineken Cup
2014–15 as Champions Cup
Chairman Simon Halliday
Number of teams 20
Nations England
France
Ireland
Italy

Scotland

Wales
Holders Saracens (3rd title) (2018–19)
Most titles Leinster
Toulouse (4 titles)
Related competitions European Rugby Challenge Cup
European Rugby Continental Shield

Attendances

  • Does not include the attendance at the final as it takes place at a neutral venue.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 3 37,048 12,349 13,289 11,700 85%
Benetton 3 10,820 3,607 3,861 3,114 54%
Clermont 3 53,037 17,679 19,004 16,332 93%
Connacht 3 21,145 7,048 8,129 6,229 87%
Exeter Chiefs 3 33,394 11,131 12,632 10,217 83%
Glasgow Warriors 3 21,503 7,168 7,351 6,801 98%
Gloucester 3 35,371 11,790 12,837 10,875 73%
Harlequins 3 40,613 13,538 13,808 13,205 91%
La Rochelle 3 47,178 15,726 16,000 15,500 98%
Leinster 3 75,259 25,086 42,041 15,080 87%
Lyon 3 43,711 14,570 15,517 13,446 58%
Montpellier 3 31,568 10,523 11,366 9,900 67%
Munster 3 70,525 23,508 25,600 19,891 92%
Northampton Saints 3 39,108 13,036 13,735 12,603 86%
Ospreys 3 19,784 6,595 7,295 5,487 32%
Racing 92 3 48,388 16,129 20,275 10,113 53%
Sale Sharks 3 24,885 8,295 11,090 6,087 69%
Saracens 3 24,531 8,177 8,500 7,531 96%
Toulouse 3 50,140 16,713 18,780 15,100 86%
 Ulster 3 51,071 17,024 17,923 15,466 94%

Media coverage

European markets:

Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland: DAZN[78]
Balkans: Arena Sport[79]
Cyprus: Cytavision
France: beIN Sports, France Télévisions [80][81]
Georgia: Rugby TV
Malta: TSN
Portugal: SportTV
Spain: Movistar+
United Kingdom & Ireland:
TV: BT Sport (9 matches also simulcast on Channel 4 in the UK & Virgin Media One in Ireland)
Radio: BBC Radio, RTÉ & Newstalk

Other markets:

Canada and Japan: DAZN
Latin America (including Brazil): ESPN
New Zealand: Spark
South Africa: Supersport
United States: NBC Sports

Sponsorship

Sponsors

Principal partners

  • Heineken (1995–2014; 2018–Present)
  • Turkish Airlines (2015–2017)

Suppliers

  • Webb Ellis – Match balls and officials’ kit (2003–2009)
  • Adidas – Match balls and officials’ kit (2009–2014)
  • Canterbury of New Zealand – Match officials’ kit (2014–2016)
  • Gilbert – Match balls (1998–2002; 2014–) and officials’ kit (2016–2019)
  • Kappa – Match officials’ kit (2019–)
  • Tissot – Official watch and timekeeper (2015–)

Records

Player scoring

Most points

Rank Player Team Apps Points
1 John Cooney Ulster 6 71
2 Dan Biggar Northampton Saints 5 68
3 Thomas Ramos Toulouse 6 61
4 Joe Simmonds Exeter Chiefs 6 60
5 Adam Hastings Glasgow Warriors 6 56
6 Morgan Parra Clermont 6 53
7 J. J. Hanrahan Munster 5 44
8 Ross Byrne Leinster 6 37
9 Freddie Burns Bath 6 34
10 Maxime Machenaud Racing 92 5 32

Most tries

Rank Player Team Apps Tries
1 Teddy Thomas Racing 92 4 6
Sam Simmonds Exeter Chiefs 5 6
Garry Ringrose Leinster 6 6
2 George Moala Clermont 5 5
Alivereti Raka Clermont 5 5
John Cooney Ulster 6 5
Romain Ntamack Toulouse 6 5
3 Hame Faiva Benetton 6 4
Juan Imhoff Racing 92 6 4
Virimi Vakatawa Racing 92 6 4

Season records

European Player of the Year

2010 — Ireland Ronan O’Gara (Ireland Munster)
2011 — Ireland Seán O’Brien (Ireland Leinster)
2012 — Ireland Rob Kearney (Ireland Leinster)
2013 — England Jonny Wilkinson (France Toulon)
2014 — England Steffon Armitage (France Toulon)
2015 — England Nick Abendanon (France Clermont Auvergne)
2016 — England Maro Itoje (England Saracens)
2017 — England Owen Farrell (England Saracens)
2018 — Fiji Leone Nakarawa (FranceRacing 92)
2019 — England Alex Goode (England Saracens)

The 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup is the fourth European Rugby Champions Cup title, the yearly rugby union club rivalry for groups from the main six countries in European rugby and is the twenty-third period of container European expert club rugby rivalry.

The competition will start on 13 October 2017. The last will happen on 12 May 2018 at San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain.[1][2] This will be the first run through the last has been held outside one of the Six nations.

2017-18 European Rugby Champions Cup Facts

Tournament details
Countries England
France
Ireland
Italy
Scotland
Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 13 October 2017 – 12 May 2018
Tournament statistics
Teams 20
Final
Venue San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Sponsors

Principal Partners

Heineken (1995–)

Heineken, who had supported the Heineken Cup since 1995

Turkish Airlines (2015–)

Reported as the second key accomplice at the 2015–16 competition dispatch, marking on for three seasons

Suppliers

  • Webb Ellis – Match Balls and Officials pack (2003–2009)
  • Adidas – Match Balls and Officials pack (2009–2014)
  • Gilbert – Match Balls (1998-2002; 2014–)
  • Canterbury of New Zealand – Match Officials Kit (2014–)
  • Tissot – Official Watch and Timekeeper (2015-)

Following their arrangement as an Official Supplier, Tissot started supporting the Match Officials pack

Records

All-time records

Rank Player Club(s) Tries
1 Chris Ashton Northampton Saints, Saracens 37
2 Vincent Clerc Toulouse 36
3 Brian O’Driscoll Leinster 33
4 Dafydd James Pontypridd, Llanelli, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Harlequins, Scarlets 29
5 Shane Horgan Leinster 27
6 Gordon D’Arcy Leinster 26
7 Geordan Murphy Leicester Tigers 25
Napolioni Nalaga Clermont Auvergne
Tommy Bowe Ulster, Ospreys
11 Ben Cohen Northampton Saints, Brive, Sale Sharks 24
Michel Marfaing Toulouse
  • Players in BOLD still playing for an EPRC qualified team.

Top point scorers

Rank Player Club(s) Points
1 Ronan O’Gara Munster 1365
2 Stephen Jones Llanelli, Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets 869
3 Dimitri Yachvili Biarritz 661
4 Diego Domínguez Milan, Stade Français 645
5 David Humphreys Ulster 564
6 Neil Jenkins Pontypridd, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors 502
7 David Skrela Colomiers, Stade Français, Toulouse, Clermont Auvergne 500
8 Dan Parks Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Connacht 479
9 Felipe Contepomi Bristol, Leinster, Toulon 444
10 Jean-Baptiste Élissalde Toulouse 441

Most goals (penalties and conversions)

Rank Player Club(s) Goals
1 Ronan O’Gara Munster 488
2 Stephen Jones Llanelli, Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets 313
3 Dimitri Yachvili Biarritz 235
4 Diego Domínguez Milan, Stade Français 231
5 Neil Jenkins Pontypridd, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors 176
6 Jean-Baptiste Élissalde Toulouse 165
7 David Skrela Colomiers, Stade Français, Toulouse, Clermont Auvergne 164
8 David Humphreys Ulster 161
9 Dan Parks Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Connacht 156
10 Jonathan Sexton Leinster, Racing Métro 92 149

Appearances

Rank Player Club(s) Games
1 Ronan O’Gara Munster 110
2 John Hayes Munster 101
3 Gordon D’Arcy Leinster 100
4 Donncha O’Callaghan Munster 96
5 Peter Stringer Munster, Saracens 94
6 Leo Cullen Leinster, Leicester Tigers 92
7 Shane Horgan Leinster 87
Brian O’Driscoll Leinster
Clément Poitrenaud Toulouse
10 Anthony Foley Munster 86
David Wallace Munster

Single season records

Tries

Rank Player Club Season Tries
1 Chris Ashton Saracens 2013–14 11
2 Sébastien Carrat Brive 1996–97 10
3 Matthew Robinson Swansea 2000–01 9
4 Shane Horgan Leinster 2004–05 8
Timoci Matanavou Toulouse 2011–12
Napolioni Nalaga Clermont 2012–13
7 (Several players tied) 7

Points

Rank Player Club Season Points
1 Diego Domínguez Stade Français 2000–01 188
2 Tim Stimpson Leicester Tigers 2000–01 152
3 Simon Mason Ulster 1998–99 144
4 Jonathan Sexton Leinster 2010–11 138
5 Lee Jarvis Cardiff 1997–98 134
6 Ronan O’Gara Munster 1999–00 131
7 Jonathan Callard Bath 1997–98 129
Felipe Contepomi Leinster 2005–06
Ronan O’Gara Munster 2001–02
10 Ronan O’Gara Munster 2000–01 127

European Player of the Year

  • 2010 — Ronan O’Gara ( Munster)
  • 2011 — Sean O’Brien ( Leinster)
  • 2012 — Rob Kearney ( Leinster)
  • 2013 — Jonny Wilkinson ( Toulon)
  • 2014 — Steffon Armitage ( Toulon)
  • 2015 — Nick Abendanon ( Clermont Auvergne)
  • 2016 — Maro Itoje ( Saracens)
  • 2017 — Owen Farrell ( Saracens)

Media Coverage