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Rugby Heineken Champions Cup 2023 fixtures | EPCR Challenge Cup 2023 fixtures

Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle will kick off their Rugby Heineken Champions Cup title defence in December at home to another European title winner, Northampton Saints. It was June 28 when the pool draw for the 2022/23 tournament was held in Dublin and tournament organisers EPCR have now confirmed the fixtures schedule in a competition that for the first time ever includes teams from South Africa.

An EPCR statement read: “Stade Rochelais, who won a first Heineken Champions Cup in such dramatic fashion in May, will launch the defence of their title at Stade Marcel Deflandre against another former tournament winner, Northampton Saints, when the 2022/23 EPCR season kicks off on the weekend of December 9/10/11.

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“The Anglo-French clash in Pool B will be one of a host of mouthwatering matchups, which include the landmark participation of South African clubs, following Thursday’s announcement of the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup fixture schedules.

Highlights of the back-to-back clashes in Rounds 2 and 3 on the weekends of 16/17/18 December and 13/14/15 January 2022 feature the Pool A matches between Saracens and Challenge Cup holders Lyon and the meetings of Exeter Chiefs and Vodacom Bulls.

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2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage fixture schedules announced. 2022/23 EPCR pool stage fixture dates, kick-off times and TV coverage announced.

Heineken Champions Cup 2023 fixtures

FRI 09 DEC 2022

London Iris vs Montpellier

SAT 10 DEC 2022

Cell C Sharks vs Harlequins

Racing 92 vs Leinster Rugby

Gloucester vs Union Bordeaux-Bègles

ASM Clermont Auvergne vs DHL Stormers

Stade Rochelais vs Northampton Saints

Vodacom Bulls vs Lyon

Castres Olympique vs Exeter Chiefs

SUN 11 DEC 2022

Sale Sharks vs Ulster Rugby

Saracens vs Edinburgh Rugby

Munster vs Stade Toulousain

Ospreys vs Leicester Tigers

ROUND 2

All kick-offs are local time
FRI 16 DEC 2022

Leinster Rugby vs Gloucester Rugby

Union Bordeaux-Bègles vs Cell C Sharks

SAT 17 DEC 2022

Exeter Chiefs vs Vodacom Bulls

Edinburgh vs Castres Olympique

Lyon vs Saracens

Leicester Tigers vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

Ulster vs Stade Rochelais

DHL Stormers vs London Irish

Montpellier Hérault vs Ospreys

SUN 18 DEC 2022

Stade Toulousain vs Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints vs Munster Rugby
Harlequins vs Racing 92

ROUND 3

All kick-offs are local time
FRI 13 JAN 2023

ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leicester Tigers

SAT 14 JAN 2023

Gloucester vs Leinster Rugby

Sale Sharks vs Stade Toulousain

Cell C Sharks vs Union Bordeaux-Bègles

Munster vs Northampton Saints

Stade Rochelais vs Ulster Rugby

Vodacom Bulls vs Exeter Chiefs

Ospreys vs Montpellier Hérault

Saracens vs Lyon

SUN 15 JAN 2023

Castres Olympique vs Edinburgh Rugby
London Irish vs DHL Stormers
Racing 92 vs Harlequins

ROUND 4

All kick-offs are local time
FRI 20 JAN 2023

Leicester Tigers vs Ospreys

Lyon vs Vodacom Bulls

SAT 21 JAN 2023

Harlequins vs Cell C Sharks

Northampton Saints vs Stade Rochelais

Leinster vs Racing 92

Union Bordeaux-Bègles vs Gloucester Rugby

Exeter Chiefs vs Castres Olympique

DHL Stormers vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

Ulster Rugby vs Sale Sharks

SUN 22 JAN 2023

Montpellier Hérault vs London Irish

Stade Toulousain vs Munster Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby vs Saracens

Heineken Champions Cup

EPCR Challenge Cup 2023 fixtures

ROUND 1

All kick-offs are local time
FRI 09 DEC 2022

Stade Francais Paris vs Benetton Rugby

USAP vs Bristol Bears

SAT 10 DEC 2022

Emirates Lions vs Dragons RFC

Section Paloise vs Toyota Cheetahs

Bath Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

Cardiff vs CA Brive

Connacht vs Newcastle Falcons

Zebre Parma vs RC Toulon

SUN 11 DEC 2022

Scarlets vs Aviron Bayonnais

ROUND 2

All kick-offs are local time
FRI 16 DEC 2022

Emirates Lions vs Stade Francais Paris

CA Brive vs Connacht Rugby

Glasgow Warriors vs USAP

SAT 17 DEC 2022

RC Toulon vs Bath Rugby

Toyota Cheetahs vs Scarlets

Aviron Bayonnais vs Benetton Rugby

Newcastle Falcons vs Cardiff Rugby

Dragons RFC vs Section Paloise

SUN 18 DEC 2022

Bristol Bears vs Zebre Parma

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