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Challenge Cup fixtures confirmed

Bristol Bears will kick off their 2022/23 European Challenge Cup campaign with a trip to the south of France to face Perpignan on the weekend of December 9/10/11.

Pat Lam’s men, who were crowned champions in 2020, travel to Stade Aimé Giral in round one, before welcoming Italian side Zebre to Ashton Gate on Sunday, December 18th.

In round three, the Bears make the return trip to Parma on the weekend of January 13/14/15, before signing off the pool stage against Perpignan at Ashton Gate on Friday, January 20th.

Please note: fixtures are subject to change. Final dates and kick-off times are to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

USAP vs Bristol Bears | w/e of December 9/10/11 | Stade Aimé Giral 
Bristol Bears vs Zebre Parma | Sunday, December 18 | Ashton Gate
Zebre Parma vs Bristol Bears | w/e January 13/14/15 | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 
Bristol Bears vs USAP | Friday, January 20 | Ashton Gate

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At this stage, EPCR are only announcing the fixtures by round for the pool stages, with exact dates, kick-off times and TV coverage in both the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup to be announced as soon as possible following the conclusion of negotiations with broadcasters for the new cycle across each market.

The 2020 winners, Bristol Bears, will be hoping for a repeat performance when they start their EPCR Challenge Cup Pool A campaign against USAP at Stade Aimé Giral on the weekend of 9/10/11 December, while last season’s defeated finalists, RC Toulon, travel to Zebre Parma in Round 1.

Click HERE for the 2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage fixtures
www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

The Lions from Johannesburg will make their debut in the tournament against Worcester Warriors at Sixways, while the Cheetahs, who will play their two ‘home’ matches in Pool B at Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma, go head-to-head with Section Paloise at Stade du Hameau in the south-west of France in Round 1.

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP

24 elite clubs (nine tournament winners with 36 EPCR titles between them)

Two pools of 12

Four pool stage rounds

Eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the knockout stage

Knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final

Ninth and 10th ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the EPCR Challenge Cup

Click HERE for the Heineken Champions Cup pools
www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/matches/pool-tables/

EPCR CHALLENGE CUP

20 clubs (seven tournament winners with 14 EPCR titles between them)

Two pools of 10

Four pool stage rounds

Six highest-ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the knockout stage

Knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final

Click HERE for the EPCR Challenge Cup pools
www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/matches/pool-tables/

2022/23 key dates
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
EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 20 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin


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