Heineken Cup
Amlin Challenge Cup
Cardiff 2011
Key Tournament Rules
The Tournament will be played under the IRB Laws of the Game.

1(a) Pool Matches

Four points for a win, two points for a draw (match points). A bonus point will be earned by a team scoring four or more tries and by a team losing by seven or less points. The sixPool winners and two best placed runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals and will be decided by the following criteria:

(i) the Pool winner will be the Club with the highest number of match points earned in each Pool. The runners-up will be the two second placed Clubs from all six Pools with the next highest number of points. For the quarter-final round, the Pool winners will be ranked 1 - 6 in terms of the number of points earned. The runners-up will be ranked 7 and 8.

The knock-out stages of future Amlin Challenge Cup tournaments will include three teams who will qualify through the Heineken Cup.

The introduction of three teams who have finished as Pool runners-up in that seasons' Heineken Cup (the third, fourth and fifth ranked Heineken Cup Pool runners-up), to meet the five Amlin Challenge Cup Pool winners, will enhance both the quality and profile of the Amlin Challenge Cup knock-out matches.

The top four Amlin Challenge Cup Pool winners will enjoy home advantage in the quarter-finals with the top Pool winner playing the 5th, while the other three Pool winners will welcome the Heineken Cup sides.

Quarter-finals qualification if teams are equal:

Clubs in the same Pool

(ii) if Clubs are equal on points and the Clubs are in the same Pool, then qualification / ranking will be based on the two matches played between the Clubs concerned:

(a) the Club which has earned the most number of match points from the two matches (four points for a win, two points for a draw and bonus points).
(b) the Club which has scored the most tries in the two matches.
(c) the Club with the best aggregate points difference from the two matches.

Clubs from different Pools (if still unresolved)

(iii) if the teams have not played each other previously in the Pool stage, qualification / ranking will be based on:

(a) the number of tries scored in all Pool matches.
(b) aggregate points difference from all Pool matches.
(c) the Club with the fewest number of players sent off and / or suspended in all Pool matches.
(d) toss of a coin.

Teams ranked 1 - 4 will have home advantage. The Quarter-Finals will be:

Team 1 v Team 8; Team 2 v Team 7; Team 3 v Team 6; Team 4 v Team 5

1(b) Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final

(i) the Semi-Finals will be played at a venue designated by ERC, with the opponentsin each match determined by a draw conducted by ERC. The Final will be played at a venue designated by ERC.
(ii) in the event of a tie at full-time in the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final, extra time of 20 minutes (10 minutes each way) will be played.
(iii) if the result is still unresolved the winner will be decided by the following criteria:

(a) the Club which has scored the most tries in that match, including extra time.
(b) place-kick competition to determine the winner.

2. Eligibility of Players

(i) each club shall nominate a squad of up to 38 players. A minimum of 10 of the players nominated by the club must be capable of playing in front row forward positions. All players must, from 17 September 2009, be fully and properly registered with their club and Union and available to play for the club from that date.

(ii) a club may nominate a maximum of 23 players and a minimum of 19 players for each match. Included amongst such players must be a minimum of six players who can play in front row forward positions and who are suitably trained and experienced. The club must be able to replace each front row position on the first occasion of an injury to those positions. If unconstested scrums are ordered as a result of their being no suitably trained and experienced front row replacement available, the player whose departure cused the unconstested scrums may not be replaced, ie: the team will be required to play with 14 players.

(iii) after the completion of the Pool stages, clubs involved in the knock-out stages may nominate three additional players. One of these players must be qualified to play in a front row position and the other two players can play in any position. These additional players must be fully and properly registered by 25 March, 2010. Clubs must ensure that these players have not been nominated in a match squad with another club for the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup tournaments during the current season.

(iv) each club may select one additional player during the course of the Pool stages. The nominated additional player will replace a registered member of the club's squad and no club will exceed 38 players at any time during the Pool stages. The de-registered player may return to the squad at a later date during the Pool stages and replace the additional player. Clubs must ensure that the additional player has not been nominated in a match squad with another club for the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup tournaments during the current season. The additional player will be eligible to play in the next round of Pool matches if his nomination is received by ERC by noon on the Wednesday before the match. The player must have at least a three-month contract with the Club. If a additional player is selected by a Club after Round 4 and the Club subsequently qualifies for a quarter-final the Club will only be allowed to register a further two players for the knock-out stages.

(v) each club is permitted a maximum of two "foreign" players in any one match squad.

3. Club Colours

For Pool matches and quarter-finals, in the event of a colour clash, the away club will change jerseys. For the semi-finals and final in the event of a colour clash the club selected to change jersey will be by toss of a coin.

4. Anti-Doping programme

Players will be subject to random sampling under ERC procedures or as otherwise notified by ERC.

5. Discipline

(i) the case of any player sent off shall be adjudicated upon by an independent Disciplinary Committee.

(ii) for all Heineken Cup games a Citing Commissioner will be appointed by ERC and shall be entitled to cite a Player for any act or acts of Foul Play that in the Citing Commissioner's opinion is warranted. Clubs will not have the power to cite a player but may refer incidents to the Citing Commissioner within 24 hours of the conclusion of the match. The Citing Commissioner will have 50 hours from the start of the game to make a citing and the determination of the Citing Commissioner will be final and binding. Should the Citing Commissioner decide there is a case to answer he will notify the Disciplinary Officer and the Disciplinary Officer will then bring a charge against the cited player. This case will then proceed to a Disciplinary Hearing.

6. Abandonment

(i) when a match is abandoned after 60 minutes of play (after 20 minutes of the second half) the result will stand.
(ii) when a match is abandoned with less than 60 minutes played, the match should be replayed in full after 48 hours with both Clubs allowed to name new teams. If both Clubs agree the match may be played sooner than 48 hours. If both Clubs agree, and subject to ERC Board approval, the score of a game abandoned with less than 60 minutes played may stand as the result.

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Match Information

Pool 1


Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
8/10/10Saints  v  Castres
9/10/10Blues  v  Edinburgh

Pool 2


1ASM Clermont00
3Racing Métro00
Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
9/10/10Leinster  v  Racing Métro
9/10/10ASM Clermont  v  Saracens

Pool 3


1L Irish00
Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
9/10/10Toulon  v  Ospreys
9/10/10L Irish  v  Munster

Pool 4


Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
8/10/10Ulster  v  Aironi
10/10/10Bath  v  Biarritz

Pool 5


Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
9/10/10Treviso  v  Tigers
9/10/10Scarlets  v  Perpignan

Pool 6


Latest Results
Coming Fixtures
8/10/10Warriors  v  Dragons
10/10/10Toulouse  v  Wasps

Knock-out Stages

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