EPCR Challenge Cup draw | All you need to know

EPCR Challenge Cup draw | All you need to know

Glasgow Warriors will discover their opponents in the 2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage tomorrow afternoon, as the draw is made by the competition organisers in Dublin.

It’ll be the first time the Warriors have been involved with the pool stage of the competition since the 2006/07 season, having entered the Challenge Cup at the Round of 16 phase last season before being knocked out by eventual champions Lyon in the quarter-finals.

Here’s everything you need to know about tomorrow’s draw:

When is the draw and how can I follow it?

The draw takes place live from Dublin tomorrow lunchtime, with proceedings getting underway at 12pm UK time. You can watch the draw live on epcrugby.com, and our social media channels will announce our opponents as soon as we know.

What’s the format?

The competition will follow a similar format to the Heineken Champions Cup, with the 20 teams involved split into two pools of 10.

Each team will play four fixtures in the pool stage, two at home and two away. No fixtures will take place between teams from the same domestic league.

The six highest-ranked teams from each pool will progress to the Round of 16, alongside four teams that will drop down from the Heineken Champions Cup at the end of the pool stages.

The final will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday 19 May 2023.

Will fixture details be confirmed tomorrow?

Whilst the opposition will be confirmed, exact fixture kick-off times and dates will not be confirmed by EPCR until a later date.

However, the pool stage fixtures will take place across the following weekends:

Round One – 9/10/11 December 2022
Round Two – 16/17/18 December 2022
Round Three – 13/14/15 January 2023
Round Four – 20/21/22 January 2023

Who can Glasgow Warriors draw?

As a top seed for the draw, Glasgow Warriors will play two teams from Tier Three. One of the two teams will be from the Top14, meaning either of:

Bayonne
Home: Stade Jean Dauger
Capacity: 18,000
Last season: Promoted from ProD2
Head to Head: Have never played Glasgow Warriors in a competitive match
Notable players for 2022/23: Maxime Machenaud, Camille Lopez, Uzair Cassiem, Mikhail Nariashvili

Perpignan
Home: Stade Aime Giral
Capacity: 14,593
Last season: 13th in Top14, won relegation playoff match
Head to Head: Have never played Glasgow Warriors in a competitive match
Notable players for 2022/23: Siua Halanukonuka, Tevita Cavubati, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Martin Landajo

The other team will be one of either:

Bath
Home: The Recreation Ground
Capacity: 14,509
Last season: 13th in English Premiership
Head to Head: Played eight – two wins for Glasgow Warriors, six wins for Bath
Notable players for 2022/23: D’arcy Rae, Josh Bayliss, Jonathan Joseph, Cameron Redpath

Toyota Cheetahs
Home: Free State Stadium
Capacity: 46,000
Last season: Currie Cup semi-finalists
Head to Head: Played five – five wins for Glasgow Warriors, one win for Toyota Cheetahs
Notable players for 2022/23: Brandon Thomson, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn, Rosko Specman

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