The teams (all 140 of them) are split into 28 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, 21 to 24 will play for the Plaque and 25 to 28 will play for the Resin.

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 or 6th place 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.