Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh discover Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool opponents

Glasgow Warriors have been drawn against Racing 92, RC Toulon, Sale Sharks, Harlequins and DHL Stormers in top tier tournament

Max Williamson carries the ball for Glasgow Warriors against RC Toulon during last season's EPRC Investec Champions Cup pool stage. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Max Williamson carries the ball for Glasgow Warriors against RC Toulon during last season's EPRC Investec Champions Cup pool stage. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS have been drawn in Pool 4 for next season’s EPCR Champions Cup, alongside Racing 92 and RC Toulon from France, Sale Sharks and Harlequins (who they lost to in the Round of 16 of last season’s competition) from England, and DHL Stormers from South Africa.

As was the case last season, the 24 competing clubs were be split into four pools of six, with each team playing four of the five other teams in their pool either home or away. They will not face any side in the same domestic league, and the top four out of the six teams in each pool will progress to the knock-out stages, with each fifth-placed team dropping into the European Challenge Cup knockout phase.

That means Glasgow Warriors, who were in the top seeded group of teams in the draw after their URC success last season, will play against Racing 92, Sale Sharks, RC Toulon and Harlequins.

  • Pool 1: Stade Toulousain, Union Bordeaux Bègles, Hollywoodbets Sharks, Exeter Chiefs, Leicester Tigers and Ulster Rugby
  • Pool 2: Leinster Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Stade Rochelais, Bristol Bears, Benetton Rugby and Bath Rugby
  • Pool 3: Northampton Saints, Munster Rugby, Vodacom Bulls, Stade Français Paris, Saracens and Castres Olympique
  • Pool 4: Glasgow Warriors, Racing 92, Sale Sharks, DHL Stormers, RC Toulon and Harlequins

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Meanwhile, the 18 clubs in the Challenge Cup have been placed in three pools of six (as opposed to one pool of 10 and one pool of eight as was the case last season) with clubs playing four different opponents home or away, with same-league matches being kept to a minimum. Once again, the four highest-ranked clubs from each of the pools will qualify for the knockout stage.

Edinburgh have been drawn in Pool 3 of the second tier competition where they will face RC Vannes and Aviron Bayonnais  (who they beat at home in last year’s Round of 16) from France, Richard Cockerill‘s Black Lion from Georgia and Gloucester (who they lost to in the pool stage of last year’s competition) from England. Scarlets from Wales are the team in that pool they won’t face as they play in the same ‘domestic’ league.

  • Pool 1: Cardiff Rugby, Connacht Rugby, Toyota Cheetahs, USAP, Lyon and Zebre Parma
  • Pool 2: Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Section Paloise, Newcastle Falcons, Dragons RFC, Emirates Lions and Ospreys
  • Pool 3: RC Vannes, Black Lion, Aviron Bayonnais, Scarlets, Edinburgh Rugby and Gloucester Rugby

The pool stage matches for both competitions will take place on the weekends of  6th to 8th December, 13th to 15th December, 10th to 12th January and 17th to 19th January, with kick-off dates and times to be confirmed.


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4 Comments

  1. Not a bad draw, relatively speaking, which shows the benefits of being champions of the URC. I’ll never tire of saying that, CHAMPIONS. A good season now needed to back it up, but to be competitive in both competitions is a huge ask on squads resources. The Bulls prioritised the URC and lost, while in a sense Quins sort of did the Warriors a favour. Would however love to see some payback on Wee Marcus and his chums this time around. None of these pools is easy, but if we’re looking for the ‘group du mort’ then surely it must be Saints, Sarries, Bulls, Munster and Stade Francais. Yikes!

  2. Yes there is an error..
    Edinburgh are drawn with..
    Vannes
    Black Lion
    Bayonne
    Scarlets
    and Gloucester.

    Glasgow have got..
    Racing 92
    Sale
    Stormers
    Toulon
    and Harlequins.

  3. Hi,
    Is there an error in the copy -That means Glasgow Warriors, who were in the top seeded group of teams in the draw after their URC success last season, will play against Black Lion, Aviron Bayonnais, Scarlets, Edinburgh Rugby and Gloucester Rugby
    Sounds more like Edinburgh will play these teams?

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