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Posted Wednesday, June 19th 2019

Bristol Bears' Challenge Cup opponents confirmed

Bristol Bears will face Stade Francais, Zebre Rugby and Brive in Pool Four of the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup, following this afternoon's draw in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Pat Lam’s side reached the quarter-final of last season’s competition where they were eventually beaten by Top 14 side, La Rochelle, having qualified for the knockout stages as a best runner-up.

They will take on Italian side, Zebre in the pool stage for the second successive season, as well as French Top 14 duo, Stade Francais and Brive in what promises to be a thrilling group. 

Bristol Bears were knocked out by La Rochelle in the quarter-final of last season's competition.

"We're excited about the Challenge Cup campaign and testing ourselves against three talented sides,” said Director of Rugby, Pat Lam.

“We were happy to reach the knockout stages of last season’s competition, and we’re relishing the opportunity and challenge of improving on that this time around.”

Following the publication of the three domestic professional league calendars, EPCR will liaise with Premiership Rugby, PRO14 Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby to finalise the fixture details, which are anticipated to be released in the first half of August, although no date is currently confirmed.

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