EPCR Challenge Cup – Six Teams Have Already Booked Their Place In Round Of 16


As we approach the end of the Pool Stage of the EPCR Challenge Cup, the focus shifts towards those clubs who have secured their spot in the knockout stage, which begins with the Round of 16 in April.

Several teams have already booked their safe passage to the next stage, while others head into the final matches of the Pool campaign needing positive results to boost their chances of advancing.

Below, are all the clubs that have earned their places in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 to date:

Montpellier Hérault Rugby (Pool 2): Winners of the competition in 2016 and 2021, Montpellier Hérault Rugby will be eyeing a third success in the competition this season and secured their Round of 16 berth with wins over Newcastle Falcons, Ospreys and Emirates Lions.

Benetton Rugby (Pool 2): Beaten semi-finalists last season in the EPCR Challenge Cup, Benetton Rugby advanced to the knockout stage for the fourth successive season thanks to triumphs over USAP and Newcastle Falcons.

Emirates Lions (Pool 2): Quarter-finalists last season, Emirates Lions will be eager to advance further this campaign and have qualified for the knockout stage following wins over USAP and Newcastle Falcons.

Ospreys (Pool 2): There will be Welsh representation in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 as Ospreys have secured their berth with victories over Benetton Rugby and USAP.

Gloucester Rugby (Pool 3): The two-time EPCR Challenge Cup winners have booked their ticket for the Round of 16 with victories over Black Lion, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Edinburgh Rugby. They secured home advantage with a win over Castres Olympique in Round 4.

Edinburgh Rugby (Pool 3): With a final-round win at Scarlets, Edinburgh eased their way into the Round of 16. They also defeated Castres Olympique and picked up a losing bonus against Gloucester Rugby.