European Rugby Champions Cup 2017-18

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

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