European Rugby Champions Cup Betting Tips

The 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup is the sixth season of the European Rugby Champions Cup. The European Rugby Champions Cup is the top-tier competition for clubs from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales - countries that compete in the Six Nations Championship.  

The European Rugby Champions Cup is known as the Heineken Champions Cup for sponsorship reasons and is organised by European Professional Club Rugby (ECPR) .

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Where is the 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup played?

The 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in Europe with teams based in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

When is the 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup being played?

The 2019 European Rugby Champions Cup starts on 15 November 2019 and culminates with the European Rugby Champions Cup Final on 23 May 2020 at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

Who won the 2018 European Rugby Champions Cup?

Saracens won the 2018-19 European Rugby Champions Cup, beating Leinster 20-10 at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. 

European Rugby Champions Cup History

The competition began as the Heineken Cup in 1995 with twelve clubs from Ireland, Wales, Italy, Romania and France. English and Scottish teams didn't take part in the inaugural competition which was won by Toulouse who beat Cardiff in extra time at Cardiff Arms Park.

English and Scottish teams joined the Heineken Cup in 1996-97 with the European Challenge Cup organised for teams that failed to qualify for the Heineken Cup. Brive won the competition after beating Leicester 28-9 at Cardiff Arms Park and was viewed by approzimately 35 million people in 86 countries.

The 1997-98 Heineken Cup was altered with clubs playing in a home and away format in the pool games. Brive were beaten by Bath in the Final, but the competition was marred by English clubs withdrawing because of a dispute over the way the competition was being run.

English clubs continued to withdraw in the 1998-99 Heineken Cup tournament that saw 16 teams take part. French clubs dominated the competition, finishing first in three of the four groups.

Colomiers reached the final but were beaten 21-6 by Ulster at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Ulster had beaten fellow French clubs Toulouse and Stade Français on their way to the final. 

English clubs returned to the Heineken Cup in 1999-00 as clubs from four different nations reached the semi-finals (England, Ireland, France, Wales).  Munster took on Northampton in the final with Northampton coming out on top 9-8 at Twickenham in London.

The 2000-01 final saw Leicester beat Stade Français 34-30 at Parc des Princes, Paris. From 2002 the European Challenge Cup winner automatically qualified for the Heineken Cup.

In 2003-04 the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) created regions to play in the Celtic League which meant they could represent Wales in European competitions. Wales would then enter regional sides instead of club sides that had previously competed in the competitions. 

The 2004 Heineken Cup final saw Wasps beat Toulouse 27-20 at Twickenham in London. Toulouse won the 2005 Heineken Cup Final 18-12 against Stade Français at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the first Scottish venue to host the final. Toulouse became the first team to win three Heineken Cup titles.

The 2006-07 Heineken Cup was a breakthrough for the competition in terms of exposure, Pitch International's securing the rights that means the Heineken Cup would be televised in over 100 countries. Wasps won the final 25-9 in front of a tournament record 81,076 fans at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

During competition there was uncertainty over the future of the tournament after the 2006–07 season as French clubs had announced that they would not take part because of fixture congestion following the Rugby World Cup and an ongoing dispute between English clubs and the RFU.

Leinster won the 2009 Heineken Cup final after beating Leicester Tigers 19-16 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Toulouse defeated Biarritz Olympique 21-19 in the 2010 Heineken Cup final to claim their fourth title, a then Heineken Cup record.

Leinster won back-to-back titles after beating Ulster 42-15 in the 2012 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham, the highest Heineken Cup final winning margin. The the last edition of the tournament known as the Heineken Cup was in 2004, Toulon beating Saracens 23-6 in the final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The European Rugby Champions Cup began on 17 October 2014 and replaced the Heineken Cup. Toulon retained the title after beating Clermont 24-18 in a repeat of the 2013 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham in London, becoming the first club to win three successive European titles.

Saracens won their first European Rugby Champions Cup after a 21-9 win against Racing 92 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, France. Saracens followed up with their second European Rugby Champions Cup in 2017 after, beating Clermont 28-17 at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Leinster produced a fabulous 2017-18 season, beating Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier and Exeter home and away before beating back to back Champions Saracens to reach the semi-finals. Leinster defeated Scarlets and won 15-12 against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup Final at San Mamés in Bilbao. Leinster also won the Pro14 title to become the first Pro14 side to win the double.

Saracens got their revenge in the 2018-19 European Rugby Champions Cup, defeating defending champions Leinster 20-10 in the final at St James' Park in Newcastle. Saracens were found to be in breach of the Premiership salary cap for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons but it didn't affect the results.

2019 European Rugby Champions Cup Teams

The European Rugby Champions Cup consists of 20 clubs from the three major European domestic and regional rugby union leagues. There are 19 clubs that qualify directly by league performance:

  • England - Top 6 clubs in the English Premiership.
  • France - Top 6 clubs in the Top 14.
  • Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales - Top 7 clubs based on performance in the Pro14.

The 20th spot is awarded to a club following a play-off competition between the best placed unqualified teams and the team that finished last in the previous season.

TeamCountryCoach / DirectorStadiumCapacityHow they Qualified
Bath England Stuart Hooper Recreation Ground 14,500 English Premiership top 6 (6th)
Benetton Italy Kieran Crowley Stadio Comunale di Monigo 6,700 Pro14 Conference B (3rd) (QF)
Clermont France Franck Azéma Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022 Top 14 top 6 (2nd) (RU)
Connacht Ireland Andy Friend Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129 Pro14 Conference A (3rd) (QF)
Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter Sandy Park 12,921 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (RU)
Glasgow Warriors Scotland Dave Rennise Scotstoun Stadium 7,351 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (RU)
Gloucester England David Humphreys Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
Harlequins England Paul Gustard Twickenham Stoop 14,800 English Premiership top 6 (5th)
La Rochelle France Ronan O'Gara Stade Marcel-Deflandre 16,000 Top 14 top 6 (5th) (SF)
Leinster Ireland Leo Cullen RDS Arena 18,500 Pro14 Conference A (1st) (CH)
Lyon France Pierre Mignoni Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000 Top 14 top 6 (3rd) (SF)
Montpellier France Xavier Garbajosa Altrad Stadium 15,697 Top 14 top 6 (6th) (QF)
Munster Ireland Johann van Graan Thomond Park 25,600 Pro14 Conference A (2nd) (SF)
Northampton Saints England Chris Boyd Franklin's Gardens 15,249 English Premiership top 6 (4th) (SF)
Ospreys Wales Allen Clarke Liberty Stadium 20,827 Pro14 Conference A (4th) (PO)
Racing 92 France Laurent Labit Paris La Défense Arena 30,681 Top 14 top 6 (4th) (QF)
Sale Sharks England England  AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 European Challenge Cup (SF)
Saracens England Mark McCall Allianz Stadium 8,500 English Premiership top 6 (2nd) (CH)
Toulouse France Ugo Mola Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,500 Top 14 top 6 (1st) (CH)
Ulster Ireland Dan McFarland Ravenhill Stadium 18,196 Pro14 Conference B (2nd) (SF)

European Rugby Champions Cup Results

Get the latest European Rugby Champions Cup results as soon as they happen so you can start your selection process for the next round of games. The European Rugby Champions Cup results include try and point scorers that can be useful for betting markets including first tryscorer and anytime tryscorer. 

European Rugby Champions Cup Winners and Runners-up

Toulose won the first European Rugby Champions Cup when it was known as the Heineken Cup. The French club have won four titles, the same number as Leinster who last lifted the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2018.

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2018-19 Saracens  England 20-10 Leinster Ireland St James' Park 51,930
2017-18 Leinster Ireland 15-12 Racing 92  France San Mamés 52,282
2016-17 Saracens  England 28-17 Clermont  France Murrayfield 55,272
2015-16 Saracens  England 21-9 Racing 92  FranceParc Olympique Lyonnais 58,017
2014-15 Toulon  France 24-18 Clermont  France Twickenham 56,622
2013-14 Toulon  France 23-6 Saracens  England Millennium Stadium 67,586
2012-13 Toulon  France 16-15 Clermont  FranceAviva Stadium 50,198
2011-12 Leinster Ireland 42-14 Ulster IrelandTwickenham 81,774
2010-11 Leinster Ireland 33-22 Northampton Saints  England Millennium Stadium 72,456
2009-10 Toulouse  France 21-19 Biarritz  France Stade de France 78,962
2008-09 Leinster Ireland19-16 Leicester Tigers  England Murrayfield 66,523
2007-08 Munster Ireland 16-13 Toulouse  France Millennium Stadium 74,500
2006-07 London Wasps  England 25-9 Leicester Tigers  England Twickenham 81,076
2005-06 Munster Ireland 23-19 Biarritz  FranceMillennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,534
2004-05 Toulouse  France 18-12 Stade Français  France Murrayfield, Edinburgh 51,326
2003-04 London Wasps  England 27-20 Toulouse  France Twickenham, London 73,057
2002-03 Toulouse  France 22-17 Perpignan  France Lansdowne Road 28,600
2001-02 Leicester Tigers  England 15-9 Munster IrelandMillennium Stadium 74,600
2000-01 Leicester Tigers  England 34-30 Stade Français  France Parc des Princes 44,000
1999-00 Northampton Saints  England 9-8 Munster IrelandTwickenham68,441
1998-99 Ulster Ireland 21-6 Colomiers  FranceLansdowne Road 49,000
1997-98 Bath  England 19-18 Brive  FranceParc Lescure 36,500
1996-97 Brive  France 28-9 Leicester Tigers  England Cardiff Arms Park 41,664
1995-96 Toulouse  France 21-18 Cardiff  Wales Cardiff Arms Park 21,800

Who has won the most European Rugby Champions Cup titles?

French club Toulouse won the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup title in 1996 and are the first club to win three and four titles. Toulouse were joined by Leinster on four titles after the Ireland club won their fourth European Rugby Champions Cup in 2018.

ClubWonRunner-upYears WinnersYears Runner-up
Toulouse421995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–102003–04, 2007–08
Leinster412008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2017–182018–19
Saracens312015–16, 2016–17, 2018–192013–14
Toulon302012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15n/a
Leicester Tigers232000–01, 2001–021996–97, 2006–07, 2008–09
Munster222005–06, 2007–081999–00, 2001–02
Wasps202003–04, 2006–07n/a
Northampton Saints111999–002010–11
Clermont03n/a2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17
Biarritz02n/a2005–06, 2009–10
Stade Français02n/a2000–01, 2004–05
Racing 9202n/a2015–16, 2017–18

European Rugby Champions Cup Pools

The 20 clubs in the European Rugby Champions Cup are seeded and split into four tiers each containing five teams. The teams are then split into five pools containing four teams where each pool must contain one from each league drawn from Tier 1, 2, or 3.

Pool 1Pool 2Pool 3Pool 4Pool 5
Benetton Exeter Chiefs Bath Munster Connacht
Leinster Glasgow Warriors Clermont Ospreys Gloucester
Lyon La Rochelle Harlequins Racing 92 Montpellier
Northampton Saints Sale Sharks Ulster Saracens Toulouse

European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures

All 20 teams play each team in their pool twice home and away. The five pool winners and three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals. We have a full list of all the European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures so you don't miss a match.

The pool stage begins on 15 November 2019 with Gloucester vs Toulouse at Kingsholm Stadium and concludes on 19 January 2019 with Montpellier vs Connacht at Altrad Stadium and Toulouse vs Gloucester at Stade Ernest-Wallon. 

2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup Final

The 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup Final will be held on 23 May 2020 at Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France.

European Rugby Champions Cup Betting Odds

Bookmakers bet365 have struggled to split Leinster and Saracens as favourites to win the 2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup. Clermont, Toulouse and Exeter Chiefs are all listed at 10.00 and have a chance of winning the tournament.

We have a full list of the European Rugby Champions Cup Betting betting odds where Racing 92 and Munster are an outside chance with Montpellier, Gloucester, La Rochelle, Glasgow, Northampton, Sale Sharks and Ulster all considered roughies. Harlequins, Bath, Lyon, Connacht, Ospreys and Benetton are all priced at over 100.00 which means they are unlikely to threaten the favouritres.

How can I watch European Rugby Champions Cup Live Streams?

Stream European Rugby Champions Cup matches no matter where you are with live streaming. As long as you have a suitable internet connection and data capability, watching European Rugby Champions Cup live streams is a great way to see the games.

The bet365 live streaming service is one of the best in the business. Bet365 have made it easy switch between the betting markets and live action, meaning wherever you can get an internet signal you can now bet and watch on your mobile, tablet, iPhone, iPad, android device or desktop computer. 

Check our live streaming calendar for the schedule. 18+ and geo-restrictions apply, please see the bet365 terms and conditions.

European Rugby Champions Cup Free Bets

Claim European Rugby Champions Cup free bets when you open a new bookmaker account or use European Rugby Champions Cup free bets with your existing bookie if they are available.

European Rugby Champions Cup Bet of the Day

The European Rugby Champions Cup Bet of the Day is our best bet which could be match winner, handicap, try scorer or total points.

European Rugby Champions Cup Highlights

Watch all the European Rugby Champions Cup highlights at the European Rugby Champions Cup Youtube Channel.

European Rugby Champions Cup News

The official European Rugby Champions Cup website has all the European Rugby Champions Cup news so you can stay up to date with all the important information including player injuries and suspensions. 

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