Toulon in pool of death for European Champions Cup

Mathieu Bastareaud celebrates in the European Rugby cup final

Current European Rugby Champions Cup champions Toulon have been drawn in a
pool of death that includes former champions Leinster, Bath and Wasps.

The pool draws for ECPR’s tournaments have been made in Neuchatel, Switzerland
and teams now know who they will be facing in the new season.

In Pool 1 the reigning Aviva Premiership champions, Saracens, have been drawn
Ulster Rugby, four-time winners Toulouse and newcomers, Oyonnax, when the 2015/16
season kicks off in November.

Bath Rugby, the number two-ranked club from the Aviva Premiership, will clash
with reigning champions, RC Toulon, Leinster Rugby and Wasps in Pool 5 – a quintessential
Pool of Death.

Glasgow Warriors, who become the first Scottish club to win a major title in
the professional era when they were crowned Guinness PRO12 champions, were drawn
in Pool 3 against Northampton Saints, Racing 92 and Scarlets.

Munster Rugby, the highest-ranked Irish club from the PRO12, will face recent
Top 14 winners, Stade Francais Paris, Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso
in Pool 4.

Ospreys, the top-ranked Welsh club, were drawn in Pool 2 where they will come
up against ASM Clermont Auvergne, Exeter Chiefs and Bordeaux-Begles.

Sale Sharks, the number-one ranked Aviva Premiership club in the Challenge
Cup draw, will play Newport Gwent Dragons, Castres Olympique and Pau in Pool
2, while Connacht Rugby, the highest-ranked PRO12 representative, are in Pool
1 against Brive, Newcastle Falcons and Enisei-STM.

2015/16 Champions Cup pools

Pool 1: Saracens, Ulster Rugby, Toulouse, Oyonnax
Pool 2: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys, Exeter Chiefs, Bordeaux-Begles
Pool 3: Glasgow Warriors, Northampton Saints, Racing 92, Scarlets
Pool 4: Stade Francais Paris, Munster Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Benetton Treviso

Pool 5: Bath Rugby, RC Toulon, Leinster Rugby, Wasps

2015/16 Challenge Cup pools

Pool 1: Connacht Rugby, Brive, Newcastle Falcons, Enisei-STM
Pool 2: Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons, Castres Olympique, Pau
Pool 3: Montpellier, Harlequins, Cardiff Blues, Cammi Rugby Calvisano
Pool 4: La Rochelle, Gloucester Rugby, Zebre Rugby, Worcester Warriors
Pool 5: Edinburgh Rugby, London Irish, Grenoble, Agen

2015/16 Tournament weekends

Round 1: 12/13/14/15 November
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 November
Round 3: 10/11/12/13 December
Round 4: 17/18/19/20 December
Round 5: 14/15/16/17 January 2016
Round 6: 21/22/23/24 January 2016
Quarter-finals: 7/8/9/10 April 2016
Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April 2016
Finals: 13/14 May 2016

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