European Champions Cup pool stage fixtures confirmed

Glasgow Warriors face a tough start away to reigning champions Exeter Chiefs while Edinburgh are at home to La Rochelle

Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg were opponents the last time Glasgow Warriors played Exeter Chiefs, but will be team-mates for the European Champions this time round. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg were opponents the last time Glasgow Warriors played Exeter Chiefs, but will be team-mates for the European Champions this time round. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS will dive into this season’s European Champions Cup campaign at the deep end with an opening weekend fixture away to defending title-holders Exeter Chiefs – including former Scotstoun favourites Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray – on Sunday 13th December.

The Warriors lost 34-18 at the Chiefs in last season’s pool stage, but they will be encouraged by the 31-31 draw they got at Scotstoun two months later, a match in which the visitors were denied a win when a Stuart Hogg drop-goal attempt in the last minute came crashing back off the crossbar.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh will launch their campaign with a home game against La Rochelle on Saturday 12th December. Richard Cockerill’s side are then away to Sale Sharks the following Saturday, and Glasgow are at home to Lyon earlier the same day.

There are only four rounds in this season’s pool stage, with each team playing two others home and away; rounds three and four take place in January. Teams learned two weeks ago which other sides they would be up against, but the dates and kick-off times were only announced earlier today [Friday].

Champions Cup fixtures, rounds one to four (all times GMT):

Edinburgh: 

  • Sat 12 Dec: H v La Rochelle 8pm
  • Sat 19 Dec: A v Sale Sharks 8pm
  • Sat 16 Jan: H v Sale Sharks 5pm
  • Sat 23 Jan: A v La Rochelle 5.30pm

Glasgow Warriors:

  • Sun 13: A v Exeter Chiefs 3.15pm
  • Sat 19: H v Lyon 1pm
  • Sat 16 Jan: A v Lyon 1pm
  • Sun 24 Jan: H v Exeter Chiefs 5.30pm

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