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Heineken Champions Cup fixtures announced

Bristol Bears will kick off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a home Anglo-Welsh clash with Scarlets at Ashton Gate on the weekend of December 10/11/12 (KO date & time TBC).

Pat Lam's men then travel to Paris to face Stade Francais on December 17/18/19, before welcoming the French giants to BS3 on January 14/15/16. 

The Bears' final Pool B fixture sees them travel to Parc y Scarlets on January 21/22/23. 

The Heineken Champions Cup will once again be competed for by 24 elite clubs in two pools of 12 with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading professional leagues.

The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage which will consist of a Round of 16 on a home and away basis, quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final in Marseille on 28 May 2022.

A Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of April 15/16/17, 2022, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on May 27, 2022.

Clubs will only play against opponents from their own pool, and one club in each pool will have a bye during each round. A limited number of fixtures will see clubs playing against opponents from the same league.

Saracens will kick off their Pool C campaign with a home tie against Edinburgh Rugby, and London Irish will travel to face Section Paloise, while both Gloucester and Dragons will also be up against French opposition in Round 1 when they clash with Lyon and USAP respectively.

The three highest-ranked clubs from each pool, and the highest-ranked fourth-placed club, as well as the three clubs ranked nine to 11 from each of the Heineken Champions Cup pools, will qualify for the Round of 16.

The exact dates of the pool stage fixtures in both tournaments, as well as kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced as soon as possible following further consultation with clubs and EPCR’s partner broadcasters.

2021/22 weekends

Round 1 – 10/11/12 December
Round 2 – 17/18/19 December
Round 3 – 14/15/16 January 2022
Round 4 – 21/22/23 January 2022
Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 (1st leg) and Challenge Cup Round 5 – 8/9/10 April 2022
Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 (2nd leg) and Challenge Cup Round of 16 – 15/16/17 April 2022
Quarter-finals – 6/7/8 May 2022
Semi-finals – 13/14/15 May 2022
Challenge Cup final – Friday 27 May 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 28 May 2022; Stade Vélodrome,


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