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The draw and fixtures for the 2022/23 Champions Cup Rugby have been announced on Tuesday 28 June
The 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup will feature 24 elite clubs competing in the United Rugby Championship (URC) with eight delegates – including the historic first appearance of Stormers, Bulls and Sharks – as well as eight delegates from the Gallagher Premiership and eight. (See qualifiers below)
The clubs will be divided into two pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B – and the tournament will be played over eight weekends where there will be four round matches in the pool stage starting next December when Stade Rochelais will begin defending their title.
Eight top-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stages, including a round of 16, quarter-finals, semifinals and a showpiece final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. On 20 May 2023.
Draw for Heineken Champions Cup Pool, to be streamed live from Aviva Stadium Tuesday 28 JuneThe clubs will be divided into four tiers based on their rankings and will be run in the same line as last season and clubs of the same league in the same tier will not be drawn into the same pool.
No. 1 and 2 ranked clubs in each league will be in 1st tier, 3rd and 4th ranked clubs will be in 2nd tier, 5th and 6th ranked clubs will be in 3rd and 7th and numbered clubs. The 8 ranking clubs will be Tier 4.
Tier 1 and Tier 4 clubs that have drawn in the same pool but are not in the same league will play each other at home and away during the pool season, as Tier 2 and Tier 3 clubs are drawn in the same pool but not in the same league.
Twenty clubs will play in the next season’s EPCR Challenge Cup with eight delegates from the United Rugby Championship, including the Johannesburg-based Lions, making historic first appearances in an EPCR competition, six from the top 14, five from the premiership, as well as Bloomf. (See qualifiers below)
The clubs will be divided into two pools of 10 – Pool A and Pool B – and in a similar format to the Heineken Champions Cup, the tournament will be played over eight weekends, including a four-round match in the pool phase starting in December.
The six highest ranked clubs from each pool, as well as the 9th and 10th ranked clubs from each of the Heineken Champions Cup pools, will qualify for the 16 rounds, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and final at the Aviva Stadium. On 19 May 2023.
The live-streamed draw for the EPCR Challenge Cup Pool is scheduled to take place at the Aviva Stadium Tuesday 28 June Clubs are divided into three levels based on their rankings, and clubs in the same league will not play against each other in the pool stage.
The No. 1 and No. 2 ranked clubs in each league will be in Tier 1 and the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked clubs in each league, as well as the No. 5 and No. 6 ranked clubs from URC will be No. 2 in Dragon, Zebra Parma, Aviron Beyonc,, USAPBath rugby and cheetahs will be in Tier 3
Tier 1 and Tier 3 clubs drawn in the same pool, but not in the same league, will play each other at home and away in four pool stage rounds.
Tier 2 clubs that have been drawn in the same pool but not in the same league will play each other’s home and away matches in the pool. To adhere to the same principle of same-league matches, Tier 2 clubs from the top 14 can only play against URC and similarly, Tier 2 clubs in the Premiership can only play against URC.
More details and timing of the draw for both the Heineken Champions Cup and the EPCR Challenge Cup Pool will be contacted shortly.
2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup Qualifier
Top 14: Castres Olympique, Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Toulousain, 5 Stade Rochelais, 6 Racing 92, 7 ASM Clermont Auvergne, 8 Lyon
Gallagher Premiership: Leicester Tigers, Saracens, 3 Harlequins, 4 Northampton Saints5 Gloucester Rugby, 6 Sale Sharks, 7 Exeter Chiefs, 8 London Irish
United Rugby Championship: Stormers, Bulls, 3 Leinster Rugby, 4 Ulster Ragby5 Sharks, 6 Munster Rugby, 7 Edinburgh Rugby, 8 Aspray
2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup Qualifier
United Rugby Championship: 1 Glasgow Warriors, 2 Scarlett, 3 Connach Rugby, 4 Lions, 5 Benetton Rugby, 6 Cardiff Rugby, 7 Dragons, 8 Zebra Parma
Top 14: 1 RC Toulon, 2 Section Palois, 3 Stade Francis Paris, 4 CA Brew, 5 Aviron Beyonc,, 6 USAP
Gallagher Premiership: 1 Wasps, 2 Bristol Bears, 3 Worcester Warriors, 4 Newcastle Falcons, 5 Bath Ragby
2022/23 Original date
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 March 16 – 31/ 1/2 April 2023
Quarter finals – 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-final – 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup Final – Friday 19 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Heineken Champions Cup Final – Saturday 20 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
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