Graphic shows European Rugby Champions Cup pool stage fixtures 2020-21, with details of European Cup winners 1996-2020.
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Tournament kicks off with 24 teams battling for European glory

By Chris Dinsdale

December 12, 2020 - May 22, 2021 - The European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup, the northern hemisphere’s premier club rugby union tournament kicks off, with 24 teams battling to lift the trophy -- English Premiership’s Exeter Chiefs are aiming to defend their title.

The new format will involve 24 teams divided into two pools, further separated into four tiers. Each team plays four matches -- two home
and two away -- against teams in paired tier, but not in same domestic league (Aviva Premiership, Top 14 and Pro14).

Top four teams in each pool advance to the knock-out stage, which start with the quarter-finals, played in a two-legged format for the first time. The semi-finals and final revert to a one-match showpiece.

The European Rugby Champions Cup (known as the Heineken Champions Cup for sponsorship reasons) is an annual rugby union tournament organised by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). It is the top-tier competition for clubs whose countries’ national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship

PUBLISHED: 02/12/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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