GLASGOW WARRIORS will play home and away matches against Stade Rochelais and Exeter Chiefs in the pool stage of next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. This is well-charted territory for Danny Wilson’s side.
They have faced both these teams in the pool stage of this tournament in the recent past, with Stade Rochelais their opponents in 2019-20 and Exeter Chiefs their opponents in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Of course, the match-up with Chiefs also means another return to his old stomping ground for Stuart Hogg, who started out in his professional career at Scotstoun before moving to Devon two years ago. Warriors will be hoping for a better experience than when these two sides last met, with Chiefs inflicting a humiliating 42-0 hammering back in December 2020.
The tournament will be played in the same convoluted format as last season, meaning the clubs have beed divided into two pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B – and four rounds of matches will be played in the pool stage starting in December.
Each pool will consist of a ‘Tier One’ (top seed) team from each of the three contributing leagues [French Top 14, English Premiership and United Rugby Championship], a ‘Tier Two’ (second seed) team from each of the leagues, a ‘Tier Three’ (third seed) team from each of the leagues and a ‘Tier Four’ (fourth seed) team from each of the leagues.
As a ‘Tier Four’ qualifier, Glasgow will play the two ‘Tier One’ qualifiers in their pool which do not play in the same’domestic’ league as them on a home and away basis.
The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage which will consist of a Round of 16 on a home and away basis, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final in Marseille on 28 May 2022.
- La Rochelle
- Exeter Rugby
- Leinster Rugby
- Racing 92
- Sale Sharks
- Ulster Rugby
- Clermont Auvergne
- Northampton Saints
- Bath Rugby
- Glasgow Warriors
- Munster Rugby
- Bordeaux Begles
- Bristol Bears
- Connacht Rugby
- Stade Francais
- Leicester Tigers
- Castres Olympique
- Cardiff Blues
2021/22 key dates:
- Round 1 – 10/11/12 December
- Round 2 – 17/18/19 December
- Round 3 – 14/15/16 January 2022
- Round 4 – 21/22/23 January 2022
- Round of 16 (first leg) – 8/9/10 April 2022
- Round of 16 (second leg) – 15/16/17 April 2022
- Quarter-finals – 6/7/8 May 2022
- Semi-finals – 13/14/15 May 2022
- Challenge Cup final – Friday, 27 May, 2022, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
- Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday, 28 May, 2022, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille