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Wednesday Jun 21, 2023

2023/24 Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup pools confirmed

The pools for the 2023/24 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup pools have been confirmed following a live draw at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.

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The EPCR Challenge Cup saw eighteen teams drawn across three pools of six and comprised of teams from the United Rugby Champions Chip, English Premiership and French Top 14 competitions.

Joining these teams will be two invitational teams who have yet to be confirmed but will come from outside of the three league’s.

In full the EPCR Challenge Cup pools are as follows:

Pool One:
Invitee 1 TBC
Pau ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Dragons RFC ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ
Zebre Parma ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Oyonnax Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Cell C Sharks -๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Pool Two:
Ospreys ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ
Perpignan ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Newcastle Falcons ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Emirates Lions ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Montpellier ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Benetton Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Pool Three:
Edinburgh Rugby ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
Castres ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Clermont ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Invitee 2 – TBC
Gloucester Rugby ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Scarlets ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ

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At the conclusion of the EPCR Challenge Cup draw, there was a short break before the Heineken Champions Cup draw took place.

The Champions Cup will consist of four pools of six teams, unlike the Challenge Cup four teams were awarded first seed status for winning their domestic competition or the Heineken Champions Cup.

Those teams were Stade Rochelais (Heineken Champions Cup), Stade Toulousain (French Top 14), Saracens (English Premiership) and Munster Rugby (United Rugby Championship).

These four teams were each drawn into different pools to ensure no champions would meet until the knockout stages.

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In full the 2023/24 Heineken Champions Cup pools are as follows:

Pool 1:
Saracens ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Bordeaux-Belges ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Vodacom Bulls ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Bristol Bears ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Connacht Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Lyon ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Pool 2:
Toulouse ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Cardiff ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ
Bath Rugby ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Racing 92 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Harlequins ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Ulster Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Pool 3:
Munster Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Bayonne ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Glasgow ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
Exeter Chiefs ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
Toulon ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Northampton Saints ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Pool 4:
La Rochelle ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Stade Franรงais ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Leicester Tigers ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
DHL Stormers ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Leinster Rugby ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sale Sharks ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

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