Tough openers for both Scottish sides in Champions Cup

Edinburgh face Montpellier away while Warriors face Saracens at home

Saracens v Warriors
Ryan Wilson in actions for Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup quarter-final two seasons ago, the two signs have been drawn together in the pool stage this year ***Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk ***

EDINBURGH and Glasgow Warriors will face familiar but formidable opposition in the opening round of matches of this year’s Heineken Champions Cup campaign.

The capital outfit have been drawn away from home against Montpellier, led by former Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, on Saturday 13th October. They will then play three times European champions RC Toulon the following week; before facing a double-header home then away against Newcastle Falcons in the first two weekends in December.

Richard Cockerill’s men happen to take on the Falcons at Kingston Park in their final pre-season match next Friday night.

Meanwhile, Warriors are up against English champions Saracens, the team which knocked them out of Europe at the quarter-final stage two seasons ago, in round one on Sunday 14th October; followed by Cardiff Blues seven days later at Scotstoun; with Lyon, away then home, in December.

Round 1 –

Friday 12th October –

7.45pm – Leinster v Wasps

Saturday 13th October –

1pm – Bath v Toulouse
3.15pm – Exeter Chiefs v Munster
4.15pm – Montpellier v Edinburgh
5.30pm – Scarlets v Racing 92
5.30pm – Ulster v Leicester Tigers

Sunday 14th October –

1pm – Gloucester v Castres
2pm – Lyon v Cardiff Blues
3.15pm – Glasgow Warriors v Saracens
4.15pm – RC Toulon v Newcastle Falcons

Round 2 –

Friday 19th October –

7.45pm – Leicester Tigers v Scarlets

Saturday 20th October –

1pm – Munster v Gloucester
2pm – Castres v Exeter
3.15pm – Wasps v Bath
3.15pm – Edinburgh v RC Toulon
6.30pm – Racing 92 v Ulster
5.30pm – Saracens v Lyon

Sunday 21st October –

1pm – Newcastle Falcons v Montpellier
3.15pm – Cardiff Blues v Glasgow
4.15pm – Toulouse v Leinster

Champions Cup pools –

Pool 1: Leinster, Wasps, Toulouse, Bath

Pool 2: Castres, Exeter Chiefs, Munster, Gloucester

Pool 3: Saracens, Glasgow Warriors, Lyon, Cardiff Blues

Pool 4: Scarlets, Racing 92, Leicester Tigers, Ulster

Pool 5: Montpellier, Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh, Toulon

EPCR weekends –

Round 1: 12/13/14 October
Round 2: 19/20/21 October
Round 3: 7/8/9 December
Round 4: 14/15/16 December
Round 5: 11/12/13 January 2019
Round 6: 18/19/20 January 2019
Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March 2019
Semi-finals: 19/20/21 April 2019

2019 Newcastle finals –

Challenge Cup final: Friday 10 May, St James’ Park (19.45)

Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday 11 May, St James’ Park (17.00)


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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.