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Tough Draw For Munster In Champions Cup

20th June 2018 By The Editor

Munster's Champions Cup fixtures will be released at noon tomorrow.

Munster's Champions Cup fixtures will be released at noon tomorrow.

The draw for the Heineken Champions Cup was made in Lausanne, Switzerland today and Munster were drawn with Castres Olympique, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester.

The draw for the Heineken Champions Cup was made in Lausanne, Switzerland today and Munster were drawn with Castres Olympique, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester.

Castres enter the competition as the French champions having defeated Montpellier 29-13 in the Top 14 final last month. Munster also faced the French side in last year’s competition and drew away before beating Castres at Thomond Park.

Exeter Chiefs were Premiership winners in 2016/17 and runners-up last year and will visit Thomond Park for the first time. The Devon club visit Irish Independent Park for a pre-season game on Friday, August 24 (7.30pm).

Gloucester, bolstered by the signing of Gerbrandt Grobler from Munster this summer, very nearly claimed the Challenge Cup last season but lost out to the Cardiff Blues in a thrilling final.

2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup Pools

Pool 1: Leinster Rugby, Wasps, Toulouse, Bath Rugby

Pool 2: Castres Olympique, Exeter Chiefs, Munster Rugby, Gloucester Rugby

Pool 3: Saracens, Glasgow Warriors, Lyon, Cardiff Blues

Pool 4: Scarlets, Racing 92, Leicester Tigers, Ulster Rugby

Pool 5: Montpellier, Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh Rugby, RC Toulon

See the key fixture dates below with specific fixture details to be announced in the coming weeks.

EPCR key dates – 2018/19 season

Round 1: 12/13/14 October

Round 2: 19/20/21 October

Round 3: 7/8/9 December

Round 4: 14/15/16 December

Round 5: 11/12/13 January 2019

Round 6: 18/19/20

January 2019

Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March 2019

Semi-finals: 19/20/21 April 2019

Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday 11 May, St James’ Park

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