EPCR: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORGANISATION?
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) is the organiser of the Heineken Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield tournaments.
Established in 2014 with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, EPCR has the following shareholders: Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR), Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and Pro Rugby Wales.
Visit About EPCR here
QUALIFICATION: HOW DO CLUBS QUALIFY FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND THE CHALLENGE CUP?
The clubs qualify on merit for both tournaments through their performances in their respective domestic leagues – Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the TOP 14 and the Guinness PRO14 – and via the Continental Shield.
Visit the Qualification section here
FINALS: HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP FINALS?
All details of ticket sales for the 2019 finals are available in the Newcastle Finals section here
Due to high demand, supporters are advised to buy early to avoid disappointment.
For the Heineken Champions Cup final, an allocation of approximately 10,000 tickets is shared by the two finalists and these are distributed by the clubs directly.
Tickets for the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals may go on public sale up to 12 months in advance.
TICKETS: HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP GAMES?
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP / CHALLENGE CUP POOL AND QUARTER-FINAL MATCHES
Tickets for pool matches and quarter-finals are available from the participating clubs. Contact details for the Ticket Offices of each club are available in the Club Tickets sections of each tournament.
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP / CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS
Tickets for the semi-finals will be available from the participating clubs. For one or both of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, a public sale allocation may also be made available.
Log on to epcrugby.com for updates once the semi-final pairings are known.
FIXTURES: CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW THE FIXTURES ARE SCHEDULED?
The process of confirming the fixtures for the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup begins after the pool draws which take place in June each season.
The pool fixtures are confirmed during the summer, following a scheduling process which includes consultation with the 40 competing clubs, league bodies and broadcast partners across each territory.
EPCR is challenged with producing a balanced and fair schedule which takes into account club preferences, restrictions at many shared stadia, date requests associated with moves to larger venues as well as ensuring our broadcasters across Europe can carry as many compelling matches as possible from Friday evening through to Sunday.
This means that on certain occasions some clubs will have a slightly longer turnaround than others, but this will usually balance out across a campaign.
FIXTURES: WHEN WILL THE FIXTURES FOR ROUNDS 5 AND 6 BE ANNOUNCED?
The dates and kick-off times for Rounds 5 and 6 are announced during the week after the Round 4 weekend in December.
The fixtures are confirmed and announced at this stage to ensure that the clubs and the tournaments have the best possible exposure through live broadcast coverage of as many of the key qualification matches as practicable.
DISCIPLINE: WHAT ARE THE KEY POINTS OF INFORMATION RELATING TO THE EPCR DISCIPLINARY PROCESS?
EPCR’s tournaments are played in accordance with the World Rugby’s Laws of the Game of Rugby Union (as amended from time to time), as varied or supplemented by EPCR.
Visit the Discipline section here
MATCH PROGRAMMES: WHERE CAN I BUY PROGRAMMES FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SEMI-FINALS AND FINAL, AND FOR THE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL?
Souvenir match programmes are produced by EPCR for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals and final, and for the Challenge Cup final.
To buy match programmes from the 2018 Champions Cup semi-finals and the Bilbao 2018 finals go to www.curtis-sport.com