Wednesday 18 September 2019

THE SCHEDULE OF RUGBY EUROPE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019/2020 RELEASED

The most inclusive international Men XV-a-side competition starts this week-end.   36 European countries will battle this season.

 

Meanwhile the Rugby World Cup 2019 will start in a few days, Rugby Europe launches the 2019/2020 Rugby Europe International Championship season this week-end with the first game between Czechia and Hungary (played in RC Tatra Smichov Stadium in Prague).

The annual Men Senior XV-a-side Championships are the most inclusive international competition involving 36 European Nations divided in 5 levels representing 80 international games played throughout Europe from September 2019 to May 2020. Over 300.000 fans support their teams in stadium each season. 

Based on single home-or-away games format, each division will crown its annual winner, who will be promoted to the upper-level directly or via a decisive play-off game. 

As the winner of 2019 Rugby Europe Championship, Georgia is the current European Champion of the competition. 

Divisions

Competing Countries

Competition’s period

CHAMPIONSHIP

Belgium, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain

February - March 2020

TROPHY

Lithuania, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine

October 2019 – May 2020

CONFERENCE 1 NORTH

Czechia, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden

September 2019 – May 2020

CONFERENCE 1 SOUTH

Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Slovenia

October 2019 – April 2020

CONFERENCE 2 NORTH

Austria, Denmark, Finland, Moldova, Norway

October 2019 – May 2020

CONFERENCE 2 SOUTH

Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey

October 2019 – May 2020

DEVELOPMENT 

Belarus, Estonia, Montenegro, Slovakia

May 2020

The Detailed Competition’s Schedule is available on: https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/competitions/2019-20-reic-men-xv

All games will be Live-streamed and available on demand on Rugby Europe TV: www.rugbyeurope.tv

 

Florent Marty, Rugby Europe CEO, about the competition: “The Rugby Europe International Championships show the depth and importance of Rugby in Europe. For several decades throughout Europe, this competition has revealed talent, forged strong rivalries and provided the pathway to the Rugby World Cup. Players are always proud of defending the colours of their nation and fans are proud of players wearing the national jersey. Unions rugby is at heart of rugby values and fan interest.”

Philippe Tuccelli – Rugby Europe Competitions Director:I am very much looking forward to kick off the season of XV a side European Rugby”. The REIC will give the opportunity to 36 Nations to compete for the 2020 European Champion title this year again. Georgia will try to win back-to-back title while Russia, fresh from their World Cup participation, Belgium, Romania, Spain and Portugal, lastly promoted from Rugby Europe Trophy, will stand to contest the supremacy over Rugby Europe International Championships”.

 

Rugby Europe is the governing body responsible for the promotion, development, administration and management of international competitions for the 48 member unions across Europe. The association organizes over 80 international games and 20 rugby tournaments each year, among which Men’s fifteen-a-side European Championships (Championship, Trophy, Conference 1 & 2, Development), U20 and U18 European Championships and all Europe Sevens Nations Competitions Men and Women.

Contact :  Sébastien FAYE, Rugby Europe – [email protected]: +33 (0)7 86 04 59 47