The pool draws for the European Challenge Cup competition was held in Dublin today with our opponents confirmed.

Connacht Rugby were drawn in Pool A where we will take on CA Brive Rugby and Newcastle Falcons both home and away.

2022/23 weekends 

Round 1 – 9/10/11 December 2022

Round 2 – 16/17/18 December 2022

Round 3 – 13/14/15 January 2023

Round 4 – 20/21/22 January 2023

Round of 16 – 31 March/ 1/2 April 2023

Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023

Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023

EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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 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


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