What is the second phase?
After 18 rounds of competition, in which each Elite 1 team plays each other twice, the competition is divided into three pools. The top three ranked teams feature in Pool A; teams 4, 5 and 6 in Pool B; and Pool C includes the teams ranked 7th, 8th and 9th.
During the competition’s second phase, teams play the teams in their pool home and away once during a six round period. From there, the teams are seeded from 1-9.
How do the finals work?
The first week of the finals (April 23-24) sees the second ranked teams from Pool B and Pool C face one another, while the top-ranked team in Pool C meets the team which finished on the bottom of Pool B. The two winners advance through to the quarter-finals.
The winner of the first final meets the highest ranked team in Pool B on the same weekend that Pool A’s third-ranked team tackles the winner of the second final. The quarter-finals are scheduled for April 30-May 1.
The two quarter-final winners meet the top ranked teams in Pool A in the semi-finals on May 7-8.
It’s do-or-die for the four remaining teams with the two winners advancing to the FFR Elite 1 grand final on May 21-22 in Albi.