Munster draw Clermont and Quins as Champions Cup pool draw is confirmed

29 Octobre, 2020, 04:55 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Four-time European Cup winners Leinster Rugby will face Northampton Saints for the second consecutive season in the pool stages, but it is the 2011 final that lives long in the memory when you look back at classic matches between the two sides.

Leo Cullen's Leinster will face Northampton Saints and Montpellier.

Connacht will take on last season's finalists Racing 92 and their old coach Pat Lam's current club, Bristol.

Exact fixture dates for the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup season will be announced over the coming week.

Starting with Tier 1, the clubs were either drawn or allocated into either Pool A or Pool B so that each pool contained 12 clubs with no clubs in the same tier from the same league in the same pool.

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One of the teams they will play in Pool A are newly-crowned European champions Exeter Chiefs, who downed the French club 28-18 in a thrilling semi-final at Sandy Park last month. French club Toulouse, by contrast, have won the championship four times.

Fourth-placed Bath, defeated in the Premiership play-offs by eventual Premiership champions Exeter, will meet La Rochelle and Scarlets in the group stage, with Sale Sharks, who missed out on a top four spot in the Premiership due a breakout of Covid-19 tests and therefore an allocation in Tier 2, facing Edinburgh and three-time winners Toulon.

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The Tier 1 and Tier 4 clubs which were drawn in the same pool, but which are not from the same league, will play one another home and away over four rounds.

Round 1 - 11/12/13 December 2020 Round 2 - 18/19/20 December 2020 Round 3 - 15/16/17 January 2021 Round 4 - 22/23/24 January 2021 Quarter-finals, 1st leg - 2/3/4 April 2021 Quarter-finals, 2nd leg - 9/10/11 April 2021 Semi-finals - 30 April - 1/2 May 2021 Final - Saturday 22 May.

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