Cup draw sends Europe’s best to South Africa
European giants will travel to South Africa to battle the Stormers, Bulls, Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs after the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup draws were completed on Tuesday. The Champions Cup begins with each team playing home and away ties against two Pool rivals over eight weekends starting in December, followed by a knockout stage consisting of a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals for each competition at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 19 and 2o May, 2023. United Rugby Championship winners, the Stormers have been drawn in Pool B and will play home and away ties against French side Clermont Auvergne and English outfit London Irish. We will have @ASMOfficiel and @londonirish visiting DHL Stadium in our first season of @ChampionsCup. We can’t wait! #iamastormer #dhldelivers #championscup pic.twitter.com/AEO27qx13T — DHL Stormers (@THESTORMERS) June 28, 2022 The Vodacom Bulls, runners up in the URC, were drawn in Pool A and they will play against French club Lyon and English side Exeter Chiefs. The Sharks are also in Pool A and will face home and away ties against French side Bordeaux-Begles and English club Harlequins. THE 2022/23 POOLS Which is the tastiest match-up? #HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/JcPwyLo4lw — Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) June 28, 2022 Meanwhile, in the second tier Challenge Cup, the Cheetahs and Lions were both drawn in Pool B. YOUR 2022/23 POOLS Biggest clashes?? #ChallengeCupRugby pic.twitter.com/owMzdVgfTS — EPCR Challenge Cup (@ChallengeCup_) June 28, 2022 The Cheetahs will play home and away ties against Welsh side Scarlets and French team Section Paloise, while the Lions will duel French glamour club Stade Francais and English outfit Worcester Warriors. CONFIRMED! We are heading to Paris and the UK for the 22/23 @ChallengeCup_ where we will face @SFParisRugby & @WorcsWarriors for the first time!#LionsPride pic.twitter.com/ae0T114BAO — Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) June 28, 2022 Champions Cup draw: Pool A: Castres, Saracens, Bulls, Lyon, Exeter Chiefs, Edinburgh, Bordeaux, Harlequins, Leinster, Ulster, Racing 92, Gloucester, Sharks. Pool B: Montpellier, Leicester Tigers, Stormers, Clermont, London Irish, Ospreys, Toulouse, Northampton Saints, La Rochelle, Sale Sharks, Munster. Schedule: 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 of 16 – 31 March/ 1/2 April 2023 Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023 Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023 Champions Cup final – Saturday 20 May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin Challenge Cup draw: European Challenge Cup Pool A: Glasgow Warriors, Toulon, Bristol Bears, Zebre, Perpignan, Bath, Connacht, Cardiff, Brive, Newcastle Falcons. Pool B: Scarlets, Pau, Wasps, Dragons, Bayonne, Cheetahs, Lions, Benetton, Stade Francais, Worcester Warriors. Schedule: 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 of 16 – 31 March/ 1/2 April 2023 Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023 Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023 Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin The post Cup draw sends Europe’s best to South Africa appeared first on SA Rugby magazine.