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Overview

It is the second level of european club cups. After the 2014 reform the qualifiers are as follows:

Nation Qualified teams
England Every team in Premiership not qualified for Champions Cup
France Every team in Top 14 not qualified for Champions Cup
Ireland, Italy, Wales or Scotland Every team in Pro12 not qualified for Champions Cup
Italy, Portugal,
Romania, Russia and Spain
The 2 winners of playoff among the best 4 teams in Eccellenza and 1 team from Portugal, Romania, Russia and Spain




Team appearances

Challenge Cup
TeamTeam
appearances
First
appearance
Last
appearance
Connacht 17 1996/97 2015/16
Newcastle Falcons 16 1997/98 2016/17
Brive 15 1998/99 2016/17
London Irish 13 1996/97 2015/16
Agen 12 1996/97 2015/16
Bayonne 12 2004/05 2016/17
Gloucester 12 1996/97 2016/17
Petrarca Padova 12 1996/97 2011/12
Rovigo 12 1998/99 2014/15
Narbonne 11 1996/97 2006/07
Sale Sharks 11 1996/97 2015/16
Worcester Warriors 11 2004/05 2016/17
Bordeaux Begles 10 1996/97 2014/15
Bucuresti Wolves 10 2005/06 2014/15
Grenoble 10 1997/98 2016/17
Montpellier 10 1997/98 2015/16
Bristol Rugby 9 1996/97 2016/17
Castres 9 1996/97 2015/16
Harlequins 9 2000/01 2016/17
Pau 9 1998/99 2016/17
Rugby Parma 9 2000/01 2009/10
Clermont Auvergne 8 1996/97 2010/11
Saracens 8 1997/98 2009/10
Stade Français 8 1997/98 2016/17
Viadana 8 2000/01 2013/14
Bath 7 2002/03 2016/17
Bourgoin 7 1996/97 2010/11
Dax 7 1997/98 2008/09
La Rochelle 7 1997/98 2016/17
Newport Gwent Dragons 7 2006/07 2016/17
Toulon 7 1996/97 2011/12
Biarritz 6 1997/98 2013/14
Bridgend Ravens 6 1996/97 2002/03
Ebbw Vale 6 1996/97 2002/03
Gran Parma 6 2001/02 2007/08
Montauban 6 2001/02 2009/10
Rugby Roma Olimpic 6 1998/99 2009/10
Wasps 6 2002/03 2013/14
Yorkshire Carnegie 6 2001/02 2010/11
Béziers 5 1997/98 2004/05
Caerphilly 5 1998/99 2002/03
Calvisano 5 1999/00 2015/16
El Salvador R.C. 5 2003/04 2010/11
L'Aquila 5 2001/02 2005/06
Northampton Saints 5 1996/97 2013/14
Perpignan 5 1997/98 2012/13
Cardiff Blues 4 2009/10 2016/17
Colomiers 4 1997/98 2003/04
Dinamo Bucuresti 4 1996/97 2002/03
Edinburgh Rugby 4 1997/98 2016/17
I Medicei 4 2010/11 2013/14
Mont de Marsan 4 2000/01 2012/13
Newport 4 1996/97 1999/00
Albi 3 2006/07 2009/10
Auch 3 2000/01 2007/08
Benetton Treviso 3 2000/01 2016/17
Exeter Chiefs 3 2010/11 2014/15
Glasgow Warriors 3 1996/97 2006/07
Lyon OU 3 2011/12 2016/17
Neath 3 1997/98 2001/02
South of Scotland 3 2002/03 2005/06
Valladolid RAC 3 2001/02 2004/05
Amatori Catania 2 2004/05 2005/06
Aurillac 2 1999/00 2000/01
CRC Madrid 2 2001/02 2002/03
Crociati 2 2010/11 2011/12
Dunvant 2 1996/97 1999/00
Enisei STM 2 2015/16 2016/17
Leonessa 2 2003/04 2004/05
London Welsh 2 2012/13 2014/15
Mogliano 2 2012/13 2013/14
Oyonnax 2 2013/14 2014/15
Périgueux 2 1998/99 2000/01
Pontypridd 2 2001/02 2002/03
Racing 92 2 1998/99 2009/10
Rotherham Titans 2 2000/01 2003/04
Scarlets 2 2009/10 2011/12
Spain XV 2 1998/99 1999/00
Zebre 2 2014/15 2015/16
Aberavon 1 1998/99 1998/99
Bedford Blues 1 1999/00 1999/00
Bizkaia Gernika 1 2012/13 2012/13
Bologna 1 2001/02 2001/02
Coimbra 1 2004/05 2004/05
Cross Keys 1 2000/01 2000/01
Farul Constanta 1 1997/98 1997/98
La Moraleja Alcobendas 1 2002/03 2002/03
La Vila 1 2011/12 2011/12
Leinster 1 2012/13 2012/13
Lusitanos XV 1 2013/14 2013/14
Mogliano II 1 2002/03 2002/03
Munster 1 2010/11 2010/11
Newbridge 1 1996/97 1996/97
Nice 1 1997/98 1997/98
Olympus Madrid 1 2009/10 2009/10
Orrell 1 1996/97 1996/97
Ospreys 1 2016/17 2016/17
Piacenza 1 2000/01 2000/01
Portugal XV 1 1998/99 1998/99
Richmond 1 1997/98 1997/98
Steaua Bucuresti 1 1999/00 1999/00
Swansea 1 1996/97 1996/97
Timisoara Saracens 1 2016/17 2016/17
Toulouse 1 2012/13 2012/13
Treorchy 1 1996/97 1996/97



Sources

www.epcrugby.com - European professional club rugby site (former www.ercrugby.com)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Rugby_Challenge_Cup - Wikipedia pages about Challenge Cup
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org