Connacht Rugby has received the fixtures schedule ahead of the inaugural European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign.

Pat Lam’s side will welcome newly promoted TOP 14 side La Rochelle to the Sportsground for the opening round of the European competition on Saturday 18th October (KO 5pm).

A week later, Connacht’s first European game on the road brings the squad across the water to face Exeter Chiefs on Saturday October 25th (KO 3pm).

There are back to back matches against Bayonne in December with Connacht playing at home on the first weekend of the month before travelling over to the South-West of France to play in the Stade Jean-Dauger.

The dates and kick-off times for rounds 3 and 4 will be confirmed in the coming weeks while details of the Round 5 and 6 fixtures will be confirmed by EPCR after Round 4 in December.

Connacht Rugby season tickets are the only way to guarantee entry to all Connacht home Challenge Cup games, as well as all 11 GUINNESS PRO12 matches at the Sportsground. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phoning on 091 399 977.

Connacht Rugby Challenge Cup Fixtures 2014/15

Connacht           v            La Rochelle           Sat 18th Oct 17:00            The Sportsground

Exeter Chiefs       v            Connacht                 Sat 25th Oct 15.00             Sandy Park

Connacht           v            Bayonne                 4/5/6/7 Dec                       The Sportsground

Bayonne              v            Connacht                 11/12/13/14 Dec               Stade Jean-Dauger

Connacht           v           Exeter Chiefs         15/16/17/18 Jan                The Sportsground

La Rochelle         v            Connacht                 22/23/24/25 Jan                 Stade Marcel Deflandre



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