The draw for the most beautiful of the European Cups was made on Tuesday. Clermont, Bordeaux-Bègles and Lyon will go to South Africa.
The draw for the group stage of the Champions Cup was carried out on Tuesday by the EPCR with, for the first time, the integration of South African clubs.
Reigning European champions, the Rochelais have been transferred to Pool B where they will face Ulster and Northampton Saints. In the same group, the French champions of Montpellier will struggle with the London Irish and the Ospreys. Clermont will have a hard time facing the Leicester Tigers, Premiership champions, and the South African Stormers (Cape Town), winners of the United Rugby Championship. Stade Toulousain will have to defeat Sale Sharks and Munster.
In Pool A, Racing inherited big chunks with Leinster and Harlequins. Gloucester and the Durban Sharks will be on the Bordeaux-Bègles menu. Castres will face Exeter and Edinburgh. Finally, Lyon will play Saracens and the Pretoria Bulls.
Castres Olympique, Saracens, Bull, Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Harlequins, Leinster Rugby, Racing 92, Gloucester Rugby, The Sharks, LOU Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Edinburgh Rugby.
The posters of the French clubs in Pool A
Castres (Fra) – Exeter Chiefs (Eng) – Edinburgh Rugby (Eco)
Union Bordeaux-Bègles (Fra) – Gloucester (Eng) – Durban Sharks (Afs)
Racing 92 (Fra) – Harlequins (Eng) – Leinster (Irl)
Lyon (Fra) – Saracens (Eng) – Bulls (Afs)
Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Stormers, Stade Toulousain, Northampton Saints, Ulster Rugby, Stade Rochelais, Sale Sharks, Munster Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, London Irish, Ospreys.
The posters of the French clubs in Pool B
Montpellier Hérault Rugby (Fra) – London Irish (Eng) – Ospreys (CEO)
Stade Toulousain (Fra) – Sale Sharks (Eng) – Munster Rugby (Irl)
Stade Rochelais (Fra) – Northampton Saints (Eng) – Ulster Rugby (Irl)
ASM Clermont Auvergne (Fra) – Leicester Tigers (Eng) – Stormers (Afs)
The match schedule
Day 1: 9/10/11 December 2022
Day 2: 16/17/18 December 2022
Day 3: 13/14/15 January 2023
Day 4: 20/21/22 January 2023
Round of 16: March 31/April 1/2, 2023
Quarter-finals: 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-finals: 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup Final: Friday May 19, 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Champions Cup Final: Saturday May 20, 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin