The Swiss “Olympic” city will host the ceremony of distribution of participants in groups of the main club Rugby tournament in Europe for the third year in a row.
The updated competition will feature 24 teams – eight each from the Premiership, TOP 14 and PRO 14. For the regular tournament, they will be divided into two groups of 12 teams.
For the draw, the teams will be divided into four baskets. The 1st will be the teams that have taken first or second place in their leagues, the 2nd, third, fourth, 3rd, fifth and 4th in the seventh and eighth. At the same time, teams from the same League that are in the same basket should not be included in the same group.
The teams that finish in the top four in each of the two groups advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup play-off stage. The runners-up 5-8 advance to the 1/8 Challenge Cup.
Clubs qualified for the 2020/21 Champions Cup:
PRO-14: Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connacht (all Ireland), Edinburgh, Glasgow (both Scotland), Scarlets, Dragons (both Wales);
English Premier League: Exeter, Wasps, Bristol, Bath, Sale Sharks, Harlequins, Gloucester. Northampton. (For the convenience of the draw, Exeter and USPS will be placed in basket 1»);
TOP 14: Bordeaux, Lyon, racing 92, Toulon, La Rochelle, Clermont, Toulouse, Montpellier.
The draw ceremony will take place on October 28.
The Welsh Rugby Union counted the losses
The pandemic leaves Wales without money.
The Welsh Rugby Union estimated that the postponed match against Scotland in the Six Nations Cup shook 5.3 million pounds out of the organization’s coffers. If all future matches of the Welsh national team in the autumn and home games next year are held without fans, the Welsh will lose another 35 million pounds.
The Executive Director of the Welsh Rugby Union said that if there is no support from the state, the budget will be emptied by another 5 million pounds. We are talking about additional expenses for the national team, which simply will not be able to cover.
But, according to experts, Welsh Rugby is just on the path to break-even. But the coronavirus changed everything.