The teams (all 120 of them) are split into 24 groups of five teams. The groups are ranked, based each teams top 15 players average CSR, and then the top 20 ranked teams are spread out in the Top 4 groups. 

These top 4 groups will play for the Cup. Groups 5 to 8 play for the Plate, 9 to 12 play for the Bowl, 13 to 16 play for the Shield, 17 to 20 play for the Vase and the last four groups 21 to 24 will play for the Plaque.

There are 10 group rounds (Rounds 1-10) and everyone plays each other home and away. Each team will have 8 fixtures and 2 byes throughout the group rounds.

Points are accumulated in the same way as the league, with 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries in a game, and 1 bonus point if a team loses by 7 points or less.

The teams that finish in 5th place (or 5th & 6th in the lower groups) after the group rounds have been completed, will not progress on to the finals, and their WCC season will be over.

Click on the shirts opposite to navigate to the required groups.