Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors to kick-off Euro campaigns with trips to England

Saracens and Bath lie in wait south of the border

Marshall Sykes celebrates as Edinburgh beat Saracens during last season's Challenge Cup. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Marshall Sykes celebrates as Edinburgh beat Saracens during last season's Challenge Cup. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH will hope to repeat their success away to Saracens in the pool stage of last season’s European Challenge Cup when they face the same opposition at the Stones Stadium on the opening weekend of next season’s Champions Cup on the weekend 9th-11th December (precise kick-off details to be confirmed).

Mike Blair’s side will then host Castres Olympique at the DAM Health Stadium in their second pool game the following weekend, before visiting last season’s French Top 14 runners-up on the weekend 13th-15th January 2023, before playing their final pool match at home to Saracens on 20th-22nd January.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors’ opening match of their Challenge Cup campaign is away to Bath on weekend 9th-11th December, followed by USAP (Perpignan) at home a week later, then Perpignan away on 13th-15th January, and Bath at home 20th-22nd January.


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Edinburgh’s 2022-23 Champions Cup pool matches –

  • 9th-11th December – Saracens away
  • 16th-17th December – Castres at home
  • 13th-15th January – Castres away
  • 20th-22nd January – Saracens at home

For full Champions Cup fixture schedule, click HERE

Glasgow Warriors’ 2022-23 Challenge Cup pool matches –

  • 9th-11th December – Bath away
  • 16th-17th December – Perpignan at home
  • 13th-15th January – Perpignan away
  • 20th-22nd January – Bath at home

For full fixture schedule, click HERE

 

Tournament formats –

  • Champions Cup
    • 24 elite clubs (nine tournament winners with 36 EPCR titles between them)
    • Two pools of 12
    • Four pool stage rounds
    • Eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the knockout stage
    • Knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final
    • Ninth and 10th ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the EPCR Challenge Cup
  • Challenge Cup
    • 20 clubs (seven tournament winners with 14 EPCR titles between them)
    • Two pools of 10
    • Four pool stage rounds
    • Six highest-ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the knockout stage
    • Knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final

2022-23 European weekends –

  • Round 1 – 9th-11th December 2022
  • Round 2 – 16th-18th December 2022
  • Round 3 – 13th-15th January 2023
  • Round 4 – 20th-22nd January 2023
  • Round of 16 – 31st March-2nd April 2023
  • Quarter-finals – 7th-9th April 2023
  • Semi-finals – 28th-30th April 2023
  • EPCR Challenge and Champions Cup Finals – Friday 19th-20th May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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3 Comments

  1. Reading the article with the news that our pair of professional clubs are looking at pre season training and trips South of the Border brought to mind how they would view that return in a couple of seasons IF the proposed World Cup of Club sides actually does come to fruition and they were looking at least 18 hours on a flight for an away fixture.
    I suggest a doubt because although those that want the competition have unilaterally agreed ‘a structure’ that is still a long way from a proposal in principle reaching fruition: hopefully.
    With all the ‘we must have player welfare’ noise, I suggest noise is as much as there is in reality, when the ‘owners’ sniff an opportunity for increased income that tends to be missing from the ‘minutes’ it’s just another nail in the coffin of common sense.
    Northern versus Southern Hemisphere with SA moving into the Northern group and Japan guaranteed a single team entry is there anyone that has had the patience to read this far prepared to ‘Bet’ folding money that it will NOT lead to a monumental increase in financial enticements for players to jump ship to Yokohama, or la belle France? With Sweeney of the RFU seemingly salivating at the thought [lots of freebies for Suits] and with a ‘Deil tak the hindmost’ as far as other home unions are concerned what will or would the SRU ‘cut’ in order to attempt to keep up with larger and richer Unions or Club owners?
    As if the things weren’t bad enough financially, not to mention player welfare, it’s just another crass idea dragging the game ever further from the grass roots, the very locus that made the game what it was admired for, now its High Court visitations, fixtures arranged to fit in with marketing and television schedules plans cooked up in Dublin placing SA Club sides in the URC, don’t tell me there wasn’t some insider trading with that idea in view of the constitution of the proposed World Clubs farce.
    The only potential good point is that if the administration of Rugby continues in this mindless direction moving South Africa North something even nature was unable to do, just for the sake of yet another competition the entire ‘professional’ system crashes and we go back to what we had before, but that’s just me looking through nostalgic rose tinted specs: I’m sure other opinions are available and I look forward to David Barnes putting metaphorical pen to paper with his reports and observations of the proposal in future articles in the Offsideline.

  2. Surprised they’re still bothering. Thought they might field a joint team with Newcastle and Cardiff.

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