Tough challenge awaits Connacht in cup

08 June 2017

Tough challenge awaits Connacht in cup
Connacht will compete in pool 5 of next season’s European Challenge Cup alongside Brive, Worcester Warriors and Oyonnax after today’s draw in Switzerland.

Six tough encounters await Connacht as they renew acquaintances with Brive and Worcester and face Oyonnax for the first time.

The four previous meetings with Brive saw Connacht pick up one win while they have beaten Worcester Warriors twice at the Sportsground and lost on both visits to Sixways.

Brive finished eighth in the Top14 last season and were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Challenge Cup while Oyonnax captured the Pro D2 title.

Worcester battled their way to an 11th place finish in the Premiership and were beaten twice by Brive in the pool stages of last year’s competition.

The five pool winners and three best-placed runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.


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2017/18 Challenge Cup pools
Pool 1: Newcastle Falcons, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bordeaux-Bègles, Enisei-STM

Pool 2: Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks, Lyon, Toulouse

Pool 3: Gloucester Rugby, Pau, Zebre Rugby, Agen

Pool 4: Stade Français Paris, Edinburgh Rugby, London Irish, Krasny Yar

Pool 5: Brive, Connacht Rugby, Worcester Warriors, Oyonnax

Fixture dates (full details to be confirmed at a later date)

Round 1: 12/13/14/15 October 2017

Round 2: 19/20/21/22 October 2017

Round 3: 7/8/9/10 December 2017

Round 4: 14/15/16/17 December 2017

Round 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018

Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018

Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March / 1 April 2018

Semi-finals: 20/21/22 April 2018

Challenge Cup final: Friday 11 May 2018 (San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao)