The pool draw for the 2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup will take place in Dublin on Wednesday 5 June
Former tournament winners Biarritz Olympique, Bath Rugby, London Wasps and Sale Sharks are among the line-up of 20 Amlin Challenge Cup clubs from six countries who will be keenly awaiting the outcome of the pool draw for the 2013/14 tournament.
Also included are the defeated 2013 finalists, Stade Francais Paris, as well as London Irish and Worcester Warriors who have also been losing finalists.
The Amlin Challenge Cup clubs will be drawn into five pools and each pool will contain four clubs. Each pool will include one club from each of the four tiers and no two clubs from the same country will be drawn in the same pool with the exceptions of France as there are seven French clubs, and England, as there are six English clubs in next season's tournament.
The tiers are based on the ERC European rankings system over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup, the knockout stage of the Amlin Challenge Cup, and also on participation in the pool stage of the Amlin Challenge Cup over the same four-season period.
The rankings aim to reward and incentivise clubs which consistently perform at the highest level in European competition over four seasons. For the purposes of the Heineken Cup pool draw, the rankings are used to allocate the clubs which have qualified into four tiers of six clubs and to ensure the highest-ranked clubs are separated in the six pools.
2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup clubs and tiers
Tier 1- Biarritz Olympique PB, Stade Francais Paris, London Wasps, Bath Rugby, Brive
Tier 2- London Irish, Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons, England (TBC), Rugby Viadana
Tier 3- Bayonne, I Cavalieri Prato, Worcester Warriors, Bordeaux-Bègles, Cammi Rugby Calvisano
Tier 4- Grenoble, Mogliano Rugby, Oyonnax, Bucharest Wolves, Spanish representative
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