Jun 29, 2016
16/17 Champions Cup draw announced
The Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership winners, Saracens, have been drawn in Pool 3 of the European Rugby Champions Cup following the Pool Draws for EPCR's tournaments which took place today (Wednesday, 29 June) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Saracens, who won the Champions Cup final last month in Lyon for the first time, will be up against RC Toulon (three-time tournament winners), Scarlets (the only Welsh region in the Champions Cup) and Sale Sharks, when the 2016/17 season kicks off in October.
Saracens faced Toulon in the 2013 Champions Cup semi-final, and the 2014 final and also faced the French giants in the 2009/10 Challenge Cup.
The Allianz Park side will also lock horns with Welsh region Scarlets. They have faced the Parc y Scarlets based side in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in recent seasons, with the last meeting in the 2013/14 LV=Cup at Allianz Park. Saracens haven’t faced a Welsh region in the Champions Cup Pool stages since being drawn alongside Ospreys in the 2011/12 season.
Saracens have faced Sale Sharks in the Champions Cup in the 2014/15 season, when they were drawn alongside ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster in Pool 2 of the competition.
2016/17 Champions Cup pools
Pool 1: Racing 92, Glasgow Warriors, Leicester Tigers, Munster Rugby
Pool 2: Connacht Rugby, Wasps, Toulouse, Zebre Rugby
Pool 3: Saracens, RC Toulon, Scarlets, Sale Sharks
Pool 4: Leinster Rugby, Montpellier, Northampton Saints, Castres Olympique
Pool 5: Exeter Chiefs, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ulster Rugby, Bordeaux-Bègles
2016/17 Challenge Cup pools
Pool 1: La Rochelle, Gloucester Rugby, Benetton Treviso, Bayonne
Pool 2: Ospreys, Grenoble, Newcastle Falcons, Lyon
Pool 3: Brive, Worcester Warriors, Newport Gwent Dragons, Enisei-STM
Pool 4: Cardiff Blues, Bath Rugby, Pau, Bristol Rugby
Pool 5: Harlequins, Edinburgh Rugby, Stade Français Paris, Timisoara Saracens
EPCR weekends – 2016/17
Round 1: 13/14/15/16 October
Round 2: 20/21/22/23 October
Round 3: 8/9/10/11 December
Round 4: 15/16/17/18 December
Round 5: 12/13/14/15 January 2017
Round 6: 19/20/21/22 January 2017
Quarter-finals: 30/31 March - 1/2 April 2017
Semi-finals: 21/22/23 April 2017
Finals Edinburgh 2017
European Rugby Challenge Cup: Friday 12 May, BT Murrayfield Stadium
European Rugby Champions Cup: Saturday 13 May, BT Murrayfield Stadium