As previously announced, the pool draws for the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup tournaments will be staged at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium next Tuesday (28 June). Both draws will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com and the event will start with the draw for the EPCR Challenge Cup pools at 12.00 (Irish time) and this will be followed by the Heineken Champions Cup draw at approximately 12.25 / 13.25.

The EPCR Challenge Cup draw, which includes the Johannesburg-based Lions and the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein, will have 20 clubs in three tiers in order to create two pools of 10 – Pool A and Pool B. Clubs from the same league will not play against one another during the pool stage.

The 2022/23 EPCR season will be played over eight weekends with four rounds of matches in the pool stage starting in December, followed by a knockout stage consisting of a Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, culminating in the Dublin finals at the Aviva Stadium on 19 and 20 May 2023.

2022/23 EPCR CHALLENGE CUP QUALIFIERSUnited Rugby Championship: 1 Glasgow Warriors, 2 Scarlets, 3 Connacht Rugby, 4 Lions, 5 Benetton Rugby, 6 Cardiff Rugby, 7 Dragons, 8 Zebre ParmaTOP 14: 1 RC Toulon, 2 Section Paloise, 3 Stade Français Paris, 4 CA Brive, 5 USAP 6 Aviron BayonnaisGallagher Premiership: 1 Wasps, 2 Bristol Bears, 3 Worcester Warriors, 4 Newcastle Falcons, 5 Bath RugbyInvited: Cheetahs EPCR Challenge Cup pool draw tiersTier 1: Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets, RC Toulon, Section Paloise, Wasps, Bristol BearsTier 2: Connacht Rugby, Lions, Benetton Rugby, Cardiff Rugby, Stade Francais Paris, CA Brive, Worcester Warriors, Newcastle FalconsTier 3: Dragons, Zebre Parma, USAP, Aviron Bayonnais, Bath Rugby, Cheetahs

The Connacht Rugby team were out training on the grounds today ahead of their away game to Stade Francais in Paris at 1pm in the Heineken Champions Cup.

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