Challenge Cup opponents confirmed
Edinburgh Rugby’s 2023/24 EPCR Challenge Cup pool opponents were today confirmed following the pool draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The capital side have been drawn in Pool 3 alongside BKT URC rivals Scarlets, Top 14 sides ASM Clermont Auvergne and Castres Olympique, Premiership side Gloucester as well ‘Invitee 2’ (team to be confirmed at a later date).
Edinburgh Rugby will face four of its five pool opponents – two home fixtures and two away matches – with confirmation of exact fixtures to follow.
The fixture schedules for the EPCR Challenge Cup with dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage will be announced as soon as possible.
Fixtures will be determined using an algorithm which will take into consideration the pool draws, league calendar restrictions, individual club calendar restrictions and broadcast requirements.
Both home European fixtures are included in the 2023/24 Season Ticket Membership.
With potential mouth-watering home fixtures against French giants Clermont and Castres, as well as English powerhouse Gloucester, supporters are encouraged to get their ticket now to secure their place for two unmissable European contests.
Reacting to today’s EPCR Challenge Cup draw, Edinburgh Rugby Lead Rugby Consultant Steve Diamond, said:
“There is always a special aura surrounding European fixtures, so it’s brilliant to today find out our potential EPCR Challenge Cup opponents, with some huge matches to come in 2023/24.
“Clermont are one of French rugby’s more storied and famous teams who possess a ferocious home support, while Castres are of course a side we know well having beaten them both home and away in last season’s Champions Cup.
“Gloucester has a huge amount of history in both European competitions with clash set to be a rematch of the club’s 2015 Challenge Cup Final.
“Scarlets are a team we are really familiar with from the URC while we wait to see who ‘Invitee 2’ are, adding to the overall anticipation surrounding the tournament.
“With pre-season in full swing and our European opponents confirmed, there is now a real feeling of excitement as we build up to another massive season.”
Round 1 – 8/9/10 December 2023
Round 2 – 15/16/17 December 2023
Round 3 – 12/13/14 January 2024
Round 4 – 19/20/21 January 2024
Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April 2024
Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April 2024
Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May 2024
EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 24 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Champions Cup final – Saturday 25 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium